For starters, he doesn’t support the NFL after their infamous blackballing of quarterback-turned-social-activist-icon Colin Kaepernick. Their harsh response to Kaep’s silent kneeling protest, where the former San Francisco 49ers quarter bent down on one knee during the singing of the national anthem to acknowledge social injustices against Black and brown people, actually leads him to believe that the NFL doesn’t really care about Black people at all. And while he’s got a thumbs-up for La Flame the artist, he’s poking a thumbs down for La Flame the halftime show performer.
And simply because “they don't really support Black people,” he added. "Kaepernick said he's standing up for people who are being shot down, Black and brown. The NFL basically blackballed him. They've shown how they feel about us for real."
That doesn’t go for NFL owners and the organization itself, however. Common loves Travis as an artist, he continued, but his respects especially go to musicians like Rihanna and others who turned down the halftime show slot. "Travis is doing what he's gotta do," he said. But, “I feel like man, I wish he wouldn't [do the halftime show] to be honest,” the “Glory” artist concluded. All he knows, and everyone else should, too, is that he’s got his support standing strong behind Kaepernick.
Hear his full sentiments in the video below.
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