JAY-Z addresses Houston Texans owner Bob McNair’s controversial “inmates” comment on 4:44 Tour


JAY-Z kicked off his 4:44 Tour on Friday (Oct. 27) in Anaheim, Calif., and in doing so addressed Houston Texans owner, Bob McNair’s recent comment about players protesting.

McNair is under fire after being quoted as saying, “We can’t have the inmates running the prison,” in reference players choosing to silently protest the Anthem. During Hov’s show, he brought up the topic. Right before rolling into an a cappella version of “The Story of O.J.,” Jigga addresses the crowd saying:

“[They’re] injuring themselves on the field, giving it all they got. That’s how they look at you. That’s what they think about you. We got so much further to go. The truth is we all believe in whatever you believe in. God, Allah. Whatever you believe in, we come from one source which means we are all brothers and sisters at the end of the day.”

McNair has since released at statement saying he was referring to the league office and not the players. But the damage has clearly been done.




Jay and other rappers have been vocal about the NFL and the Kaepernick situation. Last month, Hov showed support for Kaep by performing in one of his jerseys while on Saturday Night Live. The rap mogul also reportedly turned down a chance to perform at the upcoming Super Bowl because of his support for Kaepernick. He also dedicated a performance of “The Story of O.J.” to the former NFL quarterback at the 2017 Meadows Music and Arts Festival.
Check out what Jigga had to say on Friday below.

Jay Z addressing McNair’s Inmates running the prison comment.

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