Don't act like you forgot, Rihanna calls the shots!
The "Loyalty" singer reportedly declined an offer to headline the Super Bowl LIII Halftime Show because she "supports Colin Kaepernick," a source told Us Weekly.
Colin was the first NFL player to kneel during the national anthem in protest of police brutality and racial injustice. The former San Francisco 49er quarterback, who was allegedly blackballed by the football league since his spearheading of the kneeling movement, is currently pursuing an ongoing collusion case against the NFL and its owners, claiming that the league’s owners worked together to keep him out of the NFL because of his social activism.
Back in May, the NFL enacted a rule (that has since been tabled) that would fine players and/or teams for protesting the national anthem.
“The NFL and CBS really wanted Rihanna to be next year’s performer in Atlanta,” said the insider. “They offered it to her, but she said no because of the kneeling controversy. She doesn’t agree with the NFL’s stance.” A source also told Entertainment Tonight, “The offer and exposure would have been great for Rihanna as she’s planning a new album and tour but she stuck to what’s right in her eyes."
As previously reported, the Super Bowl LIII Halftime Show gig was given to Maroon 5. An insider told Us Weekly last month, “The offer has been extended [to Maroon 5] and they’ve pretty much accepted." It was later reported that Cardi B, who collaborated on their latest hit "Girls Like You," was on the short list of special guests for the group's Super Bowl Halftime set.
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