Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores had a peculiar response last Tuesday to wide receiver Kenny Stills’ critical comments about an NFL partnership with Jay-Z’s Roc Nation.
Without explanation, he decided to play eight consecutive Jay-Z songs to start practice during the media-viewing window.
Though a Dolphins spokesperson told reporters that Stills was aware of the playlist plans ahead of time (not that informing Stills made the choice any less weird), the Dolphins receiver had his own response during Wednesday’s practice …
He blasted some Nas in the locker room.
So the controversy in Miami has gone from Kenny Stills vs. Stephen Ross to Kenny Stills Vs. Jay Z to the coach playing Jay Z music at practice to annoy Kenny to Kenny playing Nas at his locker. Does that about cover it @OmarKelly @CameronWolfe ...btw, who is at qb— Clarence Hill Jr (@clarencehilljr) August 21, 2019
Now the speaker system by Kenny Stills locker room is playing NAS. If you know, you know. pic.twitter.com/wNy2yF8Tpt— Omar Kelly (@OmarKelly) August 20, 2019
For context: Jay-Z and Nas have had a longstanding beef that apparently goes back to 1996. Nas was supposed to collaborate with Jay-Z for a track on Reasonable Doubt, but he never showed up. The two have spent the subsequent 23 years dissing each other and strategically scheduling record releases to undermine each other’s sales.
With all that in mind, the music selection was a pretty epic rebuttal from Stills. Of course, his head coach needlessly started this musical drama, but at least Stills managed to come out ahead.