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Carolina Panthers' Eric Reid slams Jay-Z as' despicable 'over NFL ownership rumors: When has he' ever taken a knee '?



Carolina Panthers' safety Eric Reid slammed rapper Jay-Z as "despicable" Friday night rumors swirled that former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick would be part-owner of an NFL team, adding that Roc Nation founder had no grounds to suggest that players were "past kneeling" during the national anthem.

Following a preseason game against the Buffalo Bills, Reid continued to blast the music mogul's newly announced partnership with the league at strengthening the "community through music and the NFL's Inspire Change initiative."

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Reid, who was the first teammate of Kaepernick to kneel during the national anthem in the 2016 season, was addressing a recent TMZ report that claimed Jay-Z has set a "significant ownership interest" in a team "in the near future. "

Carolina Panthers' Eric Reid (25) kneels during an NFL football game against the New York Giants in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018. (AP Photo / Jason E. Miczek)

Carolina Panthers' Eric Reid (25) kneels during an NFL football game against the New York Giants in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018. (AP Photo / Jason E. Miczek)

"Jay-Z accepted to be a supporter of Colin, wore his jersey, told people not to perform at the Superbowl because of the treatment that the NFL did to Colin and is now going to be a part owner? It's kind of despicable, "he told reporters inside the locker room.

Reid first took issue with the partnership on Twitter where he questioned the timing of the announcement because of the recent controversy over Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross hosting a fundraiser for President Trump.

He accused the NFL of getting a tweet Thursday of "hiding behind his (Jay-Z's) black face" to cover up "blackballing" Kaepernick.

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He doubled down on this sentiment Friday night: "For Jay-Z to come in and address social justice, do it behind Colin's back, get paid to do it and now he's a stake in an NFL team. 't have words. "

Reid also took issue with remarks Jay-Z made during a press conference with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell where he said "moving past kneeling" during the national anthem.

“When has Jay-Z ever taken a knee to come out and tell us his past kneeling? Yes, we've done a lot of great work, a lot of great social justice work, but you've got to get paid to go to an NFL press conference and say that you're kneeling, again, asinine. "

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Reid and Kaepernick filed a grievance against the NFL stating that the owners were "blackballing" them because they decided to kneel during the national anthem. Reid signed with the Panthers in the middle of last season and the grievance was settled in February.

The Panthers went on to lose Friday's preseason game against the Bills 27-14. They will go to the New England Patriots Thursday night.

Fox News' Ryan Gaydos contributed to this report.


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