UPDATE: Kaepernick appears to have denied reports that he and Scott ever discussed the Super Bowl Halftime Show, according to TMZ.
Kaepernick liked and retweeted several tweets to the contrary that he and Scott spoke, including one from LeftSentThis. “So you’re trying to tell ME that Kaepernick, a man that has been Blackballed by the NFL, costing him his career, for protesting against police terrorism, gave the green light to .@TrvisXX, a man that insinuated that Mike Brown was at fault in his death, to partner with the NFL?👌🏾”
Kaepernick’s girlfriend and radio personality Nessa also chimed in saying, “There is NO mutual respect and there is NO understanding for anyone working against @Kaepernick7 PERIOD. #stoplying”
Another case of the media adding things that aren’t true. Or at least not verified by BOTH parties.
ORIGINAL STORY: Ever since it was rumored and then eventually confirmed that Travis Scott would be performing at halftime of Super Bowl LIII, the Mo. City rapper has been met with criticism on both sides, mainly due to the NFL’s treatment of exiled quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Kaepernick has been out of football for two seasons now as he was allegedly blacklisted for his on-field protest against police brutality.
Some believe that Scott’s participation is a disrespectful motion to Kaepernick, Black Lives Matter and those who have effectively protested watching and attending NFL games for what has occurred to Kaepernick, sources say that Scott consulted with Kaepernick about his involvement with the Super Bowl halftime show.
According to Variety: “A source close to Scott said that while the two did not necessarily agree, they emerged from the conversation with mutual respect and understanding.”
The insider said that Scott defended his decision by insisting the show could allow more light to be shone on the cause of social justice. He reportedly refused to confirm his participation in the Feb. 3 performance unless the NFL donated $500,000 to a social justice cause of Scott’s choice. That cause wound up being Dream Corps, a nonprofit organization that specializes in social justice issues.
“I back anyone who takes a stand for what they believe in,” Scott said when announcing his Super Bowl Halftime Show appearance. “I know being an artist that it’s in my power to inspire. So before confirming the Super Bowl Halftime performance, I made sure to partner with the NFL on this important donation. I am proud to support Dream Corps and the work they do that will hopefully inspire and promote change.”