Diddy and Beyonce's mom Tina Lawson have come to Jay-Z's defense over his controversial NFL deal. The rapper has been criticized over his decision to partner with the league after publicly supporting the kneeling protests of quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
Diddy, 49, praised Jay-Z, also 49, for stepping up to the plate to tackle the difficult situation.
"Hov is one of the greatest to ever do it, he has been there more than anybody from the hip hop culture, including me. He always has been so selfless and fights for other people. We as a people can not be divided and conquered at this time!! I’m so proud of @kaepernick7 and the attention he was able to bring and the efforts he continues to make. I’ll continue to support him in every way possible," Diddy wrote on Instagram on Monday, August 26.
He continued, "I’m also proud of my brother Jay-Z for showing how it should be done! It’s time to play chess not checkers, I believe he is going to do some incredible things. I was just watching everything last week but it hurt me to my heart because I know this man personally. He’s one of the most genuine and intelligent black leaders we’ve ever had. We cannot go against each other, there’s not enough of us. I applaud Jay Z and I applaud the NFL for bringing him in."
The Ciroc mogul went on to claim that the Grammy winner is brave for taking the steps to enact social change.
"This isn’t just about the NFL, it’s about how black and brown people are treated daily across this country. We have to come together and make the hard decisions, nobody is going to do it for us. I believe in taking action, taking steps towards the right direction and I support all my brothers that are out here taking ACTION," he said.
Tina, 65, went after her son-in-law's critics by reposting a meme pointing out Jay's efforts to provide clean water for the residents of Flint, Michigan. "Meanwhile Jay-Z been sending millions of cases of water to Flint and not even saying a word about it. What have these Twitter woke blue checkmarks done?" the meme read.
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