The NFL deal with Jay Z continues to spark controversy, and lots of opinions. 

Grammy-winning songwriter and close friend/collaborator of Jermaine Durpi, Bryan Michael Cox, is the latest name to chime in on the discussions surrounding Jay-Z’s newly announced partnership with the NFL.

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Jay-Z’s new deal involves making the Roc Nation honcho the “live music entertainment strategist” for the league, but according to Cox,  when his longtime friend and collaborator Jermaine Dupri was offered a similar opportunity, Jay-Z was allegedly among those who advised him to turn down the opportunity.

Cox is referencing specifically was Dupri’s role in producing a 10-day series of free shows to add onto the musical programming of Super Bowl 53 in Atlanta this year.

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