There’s drama following Super Bowl LIV! (Shocker, right?) The NFL interestingly aired an anti-police brutality commercial during the game, sans blackballed player Colin Kaepernick. Find out what Kap was doing during the game, plus the controversy surrounding Beyonce & Jay-Z sitting during the National Anthem inside…
The behind-the-scenes drama seems to be just as entertaining as the actual game for this year’s Super Bowl LIV.
As we all know, the commercials that play during the Super Bowl are a big deal, so when an anti-police brutality ad popped up during the big game it def took folks by surprise. Like, the hypocrisy and irony is unmatched.
After blackballing former 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick for kneeling in protest of police brutality, the National Football League had the nerve to air an anti-police brutality commercial during the big game. The spot featured the murder of Botham Jean – a black man killed inside his own apartment by white cop Amber Guyger. In the clip, Botham’s family share photos and videos of Botham, explaining how the world lost a wonderful human being in a senseless act of violence.
Check it:
 
https://t.co/0k9IQU4xM5
We are in this together.#EveryonesChild #InspireChange pic.twitter.com/yaH04eG2OA
— NFL (@NFL) January 22, 2020
 
The commercial was good. There’s no taking away from the message of the commercial. However, isn’t this what Kaepernick was kneeling for? To bring awareness to police brutality?
In 2016, Colin Kaepernick started a silent protest where he took a knee during the National Anthem to help bring awareness to police brutality and racial injustices. His actions eventually resulted in the former QB being blackballed from the league, yet they air a commercial with the SAME message he has been trying to spread to the masses?
The ad seems to be part of the NFL’s initiative called Inspire Change, which is a campaign spearheaded by Jay-Z last year when he inked his deal with the league. The campaign is dedicated to “education and economic empowerment, police and community relations, and criminal justice reform.”
So why now does the NFL seemingly see the issue with police brutality, but didn’t see the vision about why the NFL platform IS a place for this to be discussed when Colin Kaepernick took a knee?
It didn’t go unnoticed:
 
And then, in an ultimate hold my beer moment, the @NFL, who blackballed Kaep for years for protesting cops killing unarmed black men, had an ad about effecting social change by fighting to reduce the number of unarmed black men killed by police.
You can’t make this shit up.
— JayQwellin (@DarkCovfefe) February 3, 2020
 
 
lmao the fucking nfl has an ad about addressing police brutality hmmm if only someone was trying to do that years ago pic.twitter.com/XWRaacUg8j
— jordan (@JordanUhl) February 3, 2020
 
 
No, no, no @NFL! DO NOT HALF-STEP!!! You want to do the right thing by running the “Inspire Change”/ Unjustified Police Brutality commercials? I sincerely think that’s great. But don’t you dare continue to do it without giving @Kaepernick7 a fair shot at getting back into the NFL
— Cornell Lawrence (@CornellLawrenc3) February 3, 2020
 
 
Black people are not to be tokenized for political exploitation.
Two rich, racist presidential candidates conveyed white savior complex.  @Kaepernick7 took a knee to protest police brutality, only to have the @NFL publicize an ad on police brutality.
Billionaires are https://t.co/ZynV6GOL6d
— Shaniyat Chowdhury for US Congress NY5 (@Shaniyat2020) February 3, 2020
 
The hypocrisy.
Meanwhile…
 
February owes me nothing..#SuperbowlSunday #BlackHistory365#Harlem#ColinKaepernick pic.twitter.com/CrYYRz4G8R
— K. Poitier! (@harlemhoney77) February 3, 2020
 
While his former team played in the Super Bowl, Colin Kaepernick was busy giving back!
The former NFL star made his way to the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem yesterday where he spent time meeting the employees and touring the building. Then, he teamed up with Carolina Panthers safety/his friend Eric Reid and 100 Suits for 100 Men at the SCO Family Shelter in Jamaica, Queens to pass out suits to men. The organization 100 Suits for 100 Men is a non-profit that gifts clothing to men and women looking for jobs.
After that, Colin helped serve meals at the Shelter with help from the LES Girls Club and Know Your Rights volunteers.
Check it below:
 
THE GIVE BACK   Yesterday at SCO Family Shelter in Jamaica Queens, NYC @Kaepernick7 @E_Reid35 @100suits @girlsclubny #imwithkap #nokapnonfl pic.twitter.com/5y50XWng0s
— Know Your Rights Camp (@yourrightscamp) February 3, 2020
 
There was more controversy from the Super Bowl…
 
WATCH: While thousands of proud Americans stood in-allegiance for the National Anthem, Jay-Z and Beyonce sat in silence.
America has no place for unpatriotic scum like these two.
Kick them and Colin Kaepernick right down to Mexico!#fixit pic.twitter.com/4JlEAKhd4i
— Andrew Pollack (@AndrewPollackFL) February 3, 2020
 
As Demi Lovato belted out the National Anthem, Beyonce & Jay-Z were recorded sitting during her performance. And that caused social media to go into a frenzy.
 
Beyonce and Jay-Z should be thanking America not disgracing it! pic.twitter.com/Zu6iw7kReK
— ACT for America (@ACTforAmerica) February 3, 2020
 
 
There was backlash when Kaeprnick kneeled during the Anthem, and now Beyonce and Jay-Z. Thing is, there’s too much information on this matter for people not to understand why African Americans are disinterested in standing during the Anthem.
— SirVincent Rogers Sr. (@SirV55) February 3, 2020
 
 
What a disgusting act of shame.
Beyonce and Jay-Z remained seated during the National Anthem at the Super Bowl.
This country has given them the opportunity to be everything they are, and they reward it by disgracing the Flag and Anthem!
Our service heroes deserve more respect!
— Nick Adams (@NickAdamsinUSA) February 3, 2020
 
Beyonce and Jay-Z should be thanking America not disgracing it! pic.twitter.com/Zu6iw7kReK
— ACT for America (@ACTforAmerica) February 3, 2020
Eric Reid also posted up on tweets, seemingly firing shots at the Carters:
 
https://t.co/yhenyO2oex pic.twitter.com/Khr9Leuf53
— Eric Reid (@E_Reid35) February 3, 2020
 
He also retweeted these tweets on his timeline:
 
Ladies and gentleman, I present Mr. “I think we’re past kneeling.” https://t.co/f4GXDjio8r
— Resist Programming  (@RzstProgramming) February 3, 2020
 
 
Y’all the fake caring about Black people and injustice ads aren’t for us. It’s for white people, to make them not feel bad about supporting racist politicians & policies. Why would you think they care about us when they continue to kill us?
— Bree Newsome Bass (@BreeNewsome) February 3, 2020
 
After news of Hov’s deal with the NFL, the Hip Hop mogul said he still supports Kap, but said, “We’ve moved past kneeling. I think it’s time to go into actionable items.” Mr. Carter also said he had spoken to Colin about the deal before it was made public, but the former QB denied those reports.
After Bey & Jay’s video went viral, Colin himself even fired a shot. He reposted an IG Stories originally posted by Miko Grimes, the wife of Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Brent Grimes, where she’s criticisizing Bey & Jay sitting during the National Anthem with the “thinking” anamoji and the caption, “I thought we were past kneeling tho?”:

Bigot Barbie Tomi Lahren didn’t waste any time verbally attacking The Carters on social media:
 
 
Beyoncé & Jay-Z (former crack dealer)sit for the national anthem because apparently the United States of America has oppressed them with millions upon millions of dollars & fans. Sounds rough. Maybe they should try another country that allows them a little more freedom & success?
— Tomi Lahren (@TomiLahren) February 3, 2020
 
“Beyonce & Jay-Z (former crack dealer) sit for the national anthem because apparently the United States of America has oppressed them with millions upon millions of dollars & fans,” she tweeted. “Sounds rough. Maybe they should try another country that allows them a little more freedom & success?”
She’s always looking for her little 15 minutes of fame. She knows more than anyone that exercising the right to protest is more American and shows more love for this country than anybody in her party.
Decked out in Ivy Park x Adidas threads, daytime talk show host Wendy Williams said Bey & Jay should have stood during the anthem while delivering her Hot Topics segment today:
 
@WendyWilliams  her always telling it like it is! pic.twitter.com/nvTppyhGv2
— vanessa zayas (@silzayas) February 3, 2020
 
So, she’s dragging Bey while wearing her clothing? Oh. She also threw in that her stylist “received the clothes a few weeks ago,” seemingly trying to hint Beyoncé – who is known to not have a relationship with Wendy – gifted the clothes to them.  But who even knows.
Outside of the drama, Bey shared flicks from her personal stash of her Super Bowl outfit:
 

 

 
 

 

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A post shared by Beyoncé (@beyonce) on Feb 2, 2020 at 4:37pm PST

 
The Lion King star rocked a green Balmain suit accessorized with Messika Paris jewelry.
The Carters brought their daughter Blue Ivy for the Super Bowl festivities:
 
Jay-Z x @MeekMill at #SBLIV
: #SBLIV | 6:30pm ET on FOX
: NFL app // Yahoo Sports app pic.twitter.com/aUDcoSc6Lw
— NFL (@NFL) February 2, 2020
 
 
Blue & JAY-Z at the Hard Rock Staduim #SuperBowl pic.twitter.com/xtNxw2gZJA
— Moe Samir | Pop Culture & Music Expert (@TheMoeSamir) February 2, 2020
 
 
pic.twitter.com/g2v5TIhoXX
— Família Carter (@familiacarterbr) February 2, 2020
 
 
 
Beyoncé and Jay Z have just arrived at the Hard Rock Stadium #SuperBowl pic.twitter.com/19AytDhSrl
— Moe Samir | Pop Culture & Music Expert (@TheMoeSamir) February 2, 2020
 
 
Beyoncé   pic.twitter.com/vCM3u3yOPO
— Família Carter (@familiacarterbr) February 2, 2020
 
 
Beyoncé e JAY-Z  pic.twitter.com/JR0JhHfY79
— Família Carter (@familiacarterbr) February 3, 2020
 
So, what are your thoughts about the NFL’s anti-police brutality ad? Also, how do you feel about The Carters sitting out the National Anthem?!
 
Photo: Twitter