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Matt Barnes defends Jay-Z amid NFL ownership controversy

Matt Barnes, Jay-Z

Grammy award winning rapper Shawn Carter a.k.a. Jay-Z reportedly has significant interest in becoming a part owner of an NFL team. The news drew heat from some NFL players, especially from Carolina Panthers safety Eric Reid.

Reid questioned Jay-Z’s ambitions and called the move “despicable” given that the rapper claimed he was a supporter of former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Kap has essentially been blackballed from the league for his controversial kneeling gesture during the national anthem as a protest to black lives.

However, former NBA player Matt Barnes took to Instagram to defend the music artist and business mogul amid the ownership controversy. Barnes also supported the idea that the 49-year-old artist plans to be an agent of change for the league.

Barnes isn’t afraid to speak his mind, and he was probably just being supportive of Jay-Z’s groundbreaking move. Nothing is set in stone yet, though some sources are already saying it is a done deal.

Jay-Z does have some experience in being a part owner of a professional sports team with the Brooklyn Nets, so he can definitely bring that to the NFL. He also represents some professional American Football athletes with his sports agency, Roc Nation.

If this deal does push through, there will definitely be more people that will not take this well.