9:49pm PT by Lauren Huff
Jay-Z Wears Colin Kaepernick Jersey in 'SNL' Performance
Alec Baldwin's latest Donald Trump impersonation wasn't the only political moment on the return of Saturday Night Live.
Musical guest Jay-Z made a statement during the season 43 opener Saturday while performing his song "Bam" featuring Damien Marley from his 4:44 album. The rapper wore a custom black jersey with "Colin K" on the back and the number 7, a reference to former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
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President Trump made headlines throughout the week for tweeting in opposition to NFL players who protested racial injustice by kneeling during the national anthem last weekend, something that Kaepernick started last season.
Later in the show, Jay-Z also performed his hit "4:44."
The rapper is no stranger to the SNL stage. He was the musical guest in 2010 when Betty White hosted the show, and he also made a cameo during his wife Beyonce's performance in 2008.
Ryan Gosling hosted Saturday night's show, which opened with Baldwin again taking aim at President Trump.