Either Brian Flores' music selection at Tuesday's practice was a wild coincidence, or the Dolphins head coach pulled an ultimate troll move.
Flores, formerly the Patriots' linebackers coach, played eight straight Jay-Z songs to begin practice in what seemed to be a response to Dolphins wide receiver Kenny Stills' recent criticism of the rapper. Stills has been outspoken about Jay-Z's partnership with the NFL along with his comment that he's "moved past kneeling" as a protest of racial inequality and police brutality.
Make that five in a row. “On to the Next One,” by Jay-Z going right now.— Cameron Wolfe (@CameronWolfe) August 20, 2019
99 Problems going now. This is either some big-time trolling or the DJ is the biggest Jay fan ever.— Cameron Wolfe (@CameronWolfe) August 20, 2019
That certainly doesn't appear to be an accident. If it indeed was intentional, you have to wonder about what Flores' intentions were with the playlist. Motivation? A harmless joke?
Whatever it was, Stills apparently knew about the selection of Jay-Z tracks in advance.
One possible explanation is Flores wanting Stills to be further equipped to deal with noise - during games - that could distract him. (Next level mind games!) But we won't know until Flores explains this.— Barry Jackson (@flasportsbuzz) August 20, 2019
Even if it was meant as a joke, many players around the league probably aren't laughing. Kneeling or not, the message sent by Stills and others who protest racial injustices remains incredibly important.
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