Rihanna reportedly turned down NFL Halftime Show in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick

It is being reported that Rihanna turned down quite a lucrative offer to play in the Super Bowl Halftime show because she 'supports Colin Kaepernick'


                            Rihanna reportedly turned down NFL Halftime Show in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick

Rihanna is a woman of her own mind, and she has always stood for whatever cause she supports and thinks is right. It is being reported that the singer turned down quite a lucrative offer to play in the Super Bowl Halftime show because she "supports Colin Kaepernick", a source told Us Weekly.

"The NFL and CBS really wanted Rihanna to be next year's performer in Atlanta," the insider reveals. "They offered it to her, but she said no because of the kneeling controversy. She doesn't agree with the NFL's stance."

Rihanna attends Rihanna's 4th Annual Diamond Ball benefitting The Clara Lionel Foundation at Cipriani Wall Street on September 13, 2018, in New York City. (Getty Images)
Rihanna attends Rihanna's 4th Annual Diamond Ball benefitting The Clara Lionel Foundation at Cipriani Wall Street on September 13, 2018, in New York City. (Getty Images)

Kaepernick, as we all know, was the first NFL player to kneel during the National Anthem in protest of police brutality and racial inequality. The former San Fransisco 49ers quarterback, who admitted he has a crush on Rihanna in 2015, has not played ever since his controversial stance during the 2016 season. 

According to reports, Kaepernick filed a grievance against the league and its owners in November 2017, accusing them of conspiring and colluding to keep him off the field. After Rihanna refused the NFL's initial offer, they approached Maroon 5 for the show, and in May, it was announced worldwide that the popular band headed by Adam Levine would be opening the show.

Colin Kaepernick receives the SI Muhammad Ali Legacy Award during SPORTS ILLUSTRATED 2017 Sportsperson of the Year Show on December 5, 2017, at Barclays Center in New York City. (Getty Images)
Colin Kaepernick receives the SI Muhammad Ali Legacy Award during SPORTS ILLUSTRATED 2017 Sportsperson of the Year Show on December 5, 2017, at Barclays Center in New York City. (Getty Images)

However, the 'Work' singer's feud with NFL and CBS goes back to 2014 when she lashed out at them on social media for allegedly pulling out one of her songs from a show. The singer's track 'Run This Down', which also features Jay-Z and Kanye West, was reportedly replaced by a domestic violence video featuring footballer Ray Rice, which totally infuriated Rihanna.

Rihanna's own domestic violence problem with Chris Brown was played out in public in 2009, and therefore, she took to Twitter in order to criticize the network for 'penalizing' her. "CBS you pulled my song last week, now you wanna slide it back in this Thursday? NO, F**k you! Y'all are sad for penalizing me for this," she tweeted at the time."

Musicians Jesse Carmichael, James Valentine, Adam Levine, Matt Flynn and Michael Madden of the band Maroon 5 attend the VEVO Summer Sets Concert Series at the Empire Hotel on July 1, 2010, in New York City. (Getty Images)
Musicians Jesse Carmichael, James Valentine, Adam Levine, Matt Flynn and Michael Madden of the band Maroon 5 attend the VEVO Summer Sets Concert Series at the Empire Hotel on July 1, 2010, in New York City. (Getty Images)

As for the upcoming Super Bowl Halftime show, reports suggest that the network could also rope in Cardi B as a special guest during Maroon 5’s set at the 2019 championship game at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

"She is definitely being considered, but it’s obviously way too early to say for sure," one insider revealed. Another source said, "Pepsi, the NFL, and Cardi are all interested in her performing more than just her 'Girls Like You' verse."

Cardi B attends the 2018 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on October 9, 2018, in Los Angeles, California. (Getty Images)
Cardi B attends the 2018 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on October 9, 2018, in Los Angeles, California. (Getty Images)