Jemele Hill is not a fan of what Marcellus Wiley had to say in regards to Colin Kaepernick.
Wiley recently appeared on Van Lathan’s ‘Red Pill Podcast where he criticized Kaepernick’s action, stating the move was not all-inclusive for the cause.
“If I had to vote whether Kaepernick did right or did wrong I would vote wrong, because I’m into resources. I’m into materializing. I’m into monetizing,” Wiley said.
Wiley then compared what JJ Watt did for the city of Houston when Hurricane Harvey struck.
“I watch J.J. Watt, different cause, different reason,” said Wiley. “Instead of being adversarial. In alliance, he raised $41.6 million on record. $2 million on record, $41.6 million on record.”
“From day one, I was against him kneeling. I said, ‘Get up and get those resources because where we’re from your kneeling before kickoff has nothing to do with our situation unless you translate that, materialize it and monetize it,” he continued. “Jay-Z waited long enough and said, ‘I gotta pass this dude to get this right.’”
TMZ caught his former co-worker and friend Jemele Hill at an airport and asked her about those comments and she did not agree.
“Hill said Wiley — who who she considers a friend — is entitled to his opinion on Kap’s protest, but is NOT entitled to question the QB’s status as a member of the African-American community.
“My only disappointment in what Marcellus said is that he pivoted the conversation to kind of an ignorant place.”
“Reasonable minds can differ, so if we have a difference of opinion that’s totally fine. Just don’t pivot it to an ignorant place where we’re talking about somebody’s blackness.”
Jemele is talking about a specific statement Wiley made on his FS1 show, “Speak For Yourself,” where he said Kaepernick didn’t have a connection to the black struggle, because he’s a mixed race and his adopted family is white.
Hill thinks that type of criticism is totally out of bounds, and actually hurtful to the black community overall.
“Whenever we start having a who’s blacker than who conversation, that’s when we get into trouble.”