TMZ caught up with Cardi on Saturday night (Aug. 17) outside New York City’s Bryant Park Hotel, where they asked for her opinion on the deal, which was announced earlier this week.
“I feel like he didn’t [go] on an NFL deal without an agreement,” she continued. “I feel like he went in there like, ‘All right, if you guys want me to work with y’all, y’all need to put my people in here. Y’all need to do things my way.’ I feel like he’s gonna change it.”
Cardi added: “I feel like Jay-Z can bring back Colin Kaepernick. I feel so. I feel like he has that power. I feel like Jay-Z can do it.”
Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Kaepernick has not played with the league since 2016, following disputes over his choice to kneel during the national anthem in protest of racial inequality and police brutality in the United States.
“We forget that Colin’s whole thing was to bring attention to social injustice. In that case, this is a success,” Jay-Z said of his deal with the NFL during a press conference. He will serve as a live music entertainment strategist as well as a consultant for the league’s Inspire Change social justice campaign, which aims to focus on education and economic advancement, improving police and community relations and criminal justice reform.
“There’s two parts of protesting: You go outside and you protest, and then the company says, ‘I hear you. What do we do next?’” said Jay-Z.