Jay-Z may own less than 2 per cent of the Nets, but the Brooklyn-born rapper is taking most of the heat on the Nets arena naming rights controversy. Arena critics have orchestrated a campaign claiming that Barclays financed slavery 300 years ago, which the bank denies and one which an African-American professor at Rutgers calls "a little bit silly". That hasn't stopped any number of music sites from claiming Jay-Z is in league with "slave owners". Jay-Z has yet to comment.
- Jay-Z's Team Nets $400M from Ex-Slave-Trade Co. - TMZ.com
- Jay-Z’s Nets accused of taking money from slave owners. - EurWeb
- Slave trade profits may fund Jay-Z's New Jersey Nets' Brooklyn Arena - Memphis Rap
- Barclays Arena Deal Raises a Reputed Link to Slavery - Anthony Ramirez - New York Times
- Black leaders erupt over Barclays' sports deal - Stephen Foley - London Independent
- More blacks insulted by Bruce - Ariella Cohen - Brooklyn Paper
- Barclays: No ‘blood money’ here - Dana Rubenstein - Brooklyn Paper