As former Kaepernick teammate Eric Reid, now a safety in Carolina, pointed out on Twitter, the answer can be both.
“These aren’t mutually exclusive,” Reid said. “They can both happen at the same time! It looks like your goal was to make millions and millions of dollars by assisting the NFL in burying Colin’s career.”
Let’s put this in a different context. There’s a chronically unsafe condition in a factory, presenting a serious risk to the safety of all employees. One of the employees decides to loudly complain about the safety risk, and management fires him for doing it.
But the employee keeps complaining, and others eventually join in. Eventually, management has no choice but to fix the unsafe condition. And then management fixes the unsafe condition, but it refuses to reinstate the employee who was fired for being the first one to complain about it.
That’s basically what’s going on with the NFL and Kaepernick, and Jay-Z is pointing to the fact that the NFL has gotten the message while glossing over the fact that it has killed the career of the messenger.