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LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 14: Beyonce Knowles-Carter and Jay-Z attend the European Premiere of Disney's "The Lion King" at Odeon Luxe Leicester Square on July 14, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images for Disney)

Jay-Z and his company Roc Nation may be in a partnership with the NFL now, but that didn’t stop him or Beyonce from sitting during the National Anthem at the Super Bowl.

TMZ obtained footage from the crowd during Demi Lovato’s National Anthem performance at Super Bowl LIV which shows Beyonce and Jay-Z seated (you can watch it in the Twitter link below).

Jay-Z did an in-depth interview with Katherine Rosman from the New York Times in which he addressed the issue of teaming up with the NFL despite what happened to Colin Kaepernick as a result of his kneeling to protest social injustice.  Jay-Z said, “No one is saying he hasn’t been done wrong.  He was done wrong. I would understand if it was three months ago. But it was three years ago and someone needs to say, ‘What do we do now — because people are still dying?'”

Jay-Z also discussed why he had turned down the invitation to perform at the Super Bowl a few years back.  According to Jay-Z, the NFL wanted him to perform “Run This Town” and bring Rihanna and Kanye, who are also on the song, to perform with him. “Of course I would have,” Jay-Z said, “but I said, ‘No, you get me.’ That is not how you go about it, telling someone that they’re going to do the halftime show contingent on who they bring. I said forget it. It was a principle thing.”  You can read the whole interview here.