Rihanna Reportedly Turns Down Super Bowl Halftime Show To Support Colin Kaepernick
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Rihanna is once again proving why she’s a celebrity worth stanning. According to US Weekly, the singer reportedly turned down an offer to perform during the 2019 Super Bowl Halftime Show because she supports Colin Kaepernick.
A source told the publication, “The NFL and CBS really wanted Rihanna to be next year’s performer in Atlanta. They offered it to her, but she said no because of the kneeling controversy. She doesn’t agree with the NFL’s stance.” The network and football organization later offered the opportunity to Maroon 5, who are expected to bring out Cardi B as a guest during their performance.

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Kaepernick was the first NFL superstar to take a knee during the national anthem in protest of systemic inequality and police violence. The former San Fransisco 49er has not played since the 2016 season, filing a grievance last year accusing league owners of colluding to keep him off the field. The NFL then announced back in May that players who kneel during the national anthem will be fined, a decision that seemingly sides with President Donald Trump’s vocal criticism of the player protests.