New Detroit Lions QB Brad Kaaya Is the Son of the Real-Life ‘Bye, Felicia’ From Friday

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The NFL draft always has a few backstories that are in turns inspiring, heartbreaking and joyful. This one is pop-culture magic.


Brad Kaaya, former quarterback for the University of Miami Hurricanes, was drafted in the sixth round by the Detroit Lions on Saturday.


The cool part is that his mother had a small but significant role in the 1995 cult film Friday, starring Ice Cube and Chris Tucker.

Her name in the movie was Felicia. As in “Bye, Felicia”—a term that has found a strong resurgence, good for when you want to dismiss someone but are short on words.

SB Nation reports that Angela Means Kaaya is proud to be a small part of her son’s fame.


“I feel blessed,” Means Kaaya said. “It came back around right when Brad goes off to school. A character I played is a big part of pop culture. What is that?”

Years ago, Miami fans adopted the catchphrase as a slogan.

We may be hearing it a lot in Detroit soon.

Ms. Bronner Helm is the Senior Editorial Director at Colorlines. Mouthy Black Girl. Rosalynn Carter Mental Health Fellow. Shea Butter Feminist. Virgo Sun, Aries Moon.

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