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Diddy Defends Jay-Z's Decision to Partner With the NFL: 'It's Time to Play Chess, Not Checkers'

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Jay Z and Diddy attend 2017 Roc Nation Pre-Grammy brunch at Owlwood Estate on Feb. 11, 2017 in Los Angeles. 

Even though Jay-Z has received mixed reviews on his decision to team up with the NFL, on Monday (Aug. 26), he earned a strong supporter from his brother-in-arms, Diddy

Puff shared his thoughts on Jay's decision to become "live music entertainment strategist" via Instagram, proclaiming him as "one of the greatest to ever do it."

"He has been there more than anybody from the hip hop culture, including me," said Diddy. "He always has been so selfless and fights for other people. We as a people can not be divided and conquered at this time!! ?

Since Hov and Roc Nation's decision to partner up with the NFL went public earlier this month, fans have been conflicted. On one end, NFL players such Miami Dolphins Kenny Stills and Carolina Panthers Eric Reid decried Hov's latest venture in support of Colin Kaepernick, who remains unemployed by the league. On the opposite side, musicians like Cardi B and Freddie Gibbs continue to have faith in Jay.

"This isn't just about the NFL, it's about how black and brown people are treated daily across this country," continued Puff. "We have to come together and make the hard decisions, nobody is going to do it for us. ?I believe in taking action, taking steps towards the right direction and I support all my brothers that are out here taking ACTION."

Though Puff is riding with Jay on his push to change the landscape of the NFL, he also paid homage to Kaepernick, acknowledging the strides he made in efforts to bring awareness to police brutality.

"I'm so proud of @kaepernick7 and the attention he was able to bring and the efforts he continues to make. I'll continue to support him in every way possible," he noted. 

Read Diddy's post in-full below.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Hov is one of the greatest to ever do it, he has been there more than anybody from the hip hop culture, including me. He always has been so selfless and fights for other people. We as a people can not be divided and conquered at this time!! ? ? I’m so proud of @kaepernick7 and the attention he was able to bring and the efforts he continues to make. I’ll continue to support him in every way possible. ? ? I’m also proud of my brother JAY Z for showing how it should be done! It’s time to play chess not checkers, I believe he is going to do some incredible things. ? ? I was just watching everything last week but it hurt me to my heart because I know this man personally. He’s one of the most genuine and intelligent black leaders we’ve ever had. We cannot go against each other, there’s not enough of us. I applaud Jay Z and I applaud the NFL for bringing him in. ? ? This isn’t just about the NFL, it’s about how black and brown people are treated daily across this country. We have to come together and make the hard decisions, nobody is going to do it for us. ? ? I believe in taking action, taking steps towards the right direction and I support all my brothers that are out here taking ACTION. ? ? Together we are unstoppable. #BLACKEXCELLENCE!! Happy Monday!! Be Great! ?----

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