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 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."
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.
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."
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."