Marcellus Wiley Called Out For Saying Because Colin Kaepernick Is ‘Mixed Race’ He Never Felt Full Weight Of Injustice

Marcellus Wiley Called Out For Saying Because Colin Kaepernick Is ‘Mixed Race’ He Never Felt Full Weight Of Injustice

The NFL player-turned-host also said Kaepernick’s girlfriend, Nessa, is “not Black.”

Published 3 weeks ago

Written by Jarod Hector

Ex-NFL player Marcellus Wiley, now host of the FS1 show Speak For Yourself, has drawn the ire of certain segments of the internet for his stinging comments about Colin Kaepernick’s “fitness” to serve as the face of a movement. 

This all stems from the recently announced partnership between the NFL and Jay-Z’s Roc Nation Entertainment company. A partnership that handles Super Bowl halftime shows and various other entertainment endeavors for the league and also includes a social justice component. 

It is the social justice component that has caused a division in the room. On one side you have Kap, Eric Reid, Kenny Stills and the people that the NFL is at best unjust towards and at worst something far more nefarious. On the other, you have Jay-Z and those that support the mogul in believing we’ve moved past protests, and it’s time for  change to happen from within. 

Wiley is firmly in Jay-Z’s camp and had some critical words for Kap on this past Monday’s show, saying:

“Kaepernick comes from a situation where he never felt the full weight of these injustices. This is a mixed race guy who was raised by a white family from Wisconsin to central California. Respect — that does not disqualify you from talking for us but when you make missteps and miscalculations, oh, it comes back into play."

  1. Wiley goes on to say:

    “And we all know Nessa. Respect to her and her ethnicity. But it’s not Black.”

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