While the country is divided on players in the National Football League kneeling during the national anthem, a wide range of celebrities have shown an outpour of support for athletes using their platform to highlight police brutality like former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
Snoop Dogg declared Wednesday night, at the premiere of his new TBS show “Snoop Dogg Presents the Jokers Wild,” that he is very much one of Kaepernick’s supporters.
“I think the players should have a right to do whatever they want to do, know what I’m sayin’?” he said to Variety. “We should go back and focus on why the kneeling happened in the first place. It was because Colin Kaepernick was protesting police brutality and injustice and he still doesn’t have a motherf—’ job. Never mind what the players can or can’t do…. Give that man a job.”
On Tuesday, Sean “Diddy” Combs tweeted that he no longer had aspirations of owning a team following a memo from commissioner Roger Goodell that stated, “like many of our fans, we believe that everyone should stand for the National Anthem.” The hip-hop mogul now wants to own his own league, according to his official Twitter account. “I did have a dream to own a NFL team but now my dream is to own our own league!” he wrote.
In the past week, the kneeling controversy also had ESPN newscaster Jemele Hill in hot water by the Disney-owned network after she encouraged fans to pressure NFL advertisers in response to mandates made by the owners of the Dallas Cowboys and Miami Dolphins that players stand.
Snoop Dogg has also been a youth football coach for over a decade, according to his AOL.com docu-series “Coach Snoop.” The kneeling controversy isn’t the only issue Snoop Dogg has with his beloved sport. He also voiced concerns about the long-rage effect of CTC (concussion syndrome) and its impact on youth football players, like those on his team.
“Things happen in sports,” said Snoop Dogg. “The thing is to try to prevent it by teaching kids the proper way of tackling. Also, having better equipment to absorb the contact. That’s what we try to do in our young league — make sure they know the fundamentals.”