Rihanna reportedly turned down the NFL.
As per Us Weekly, the Anti singer was allegedly offered to perform during the Super Bowl LIII halftime, but she declined the offer out of support for Colin Kaepernick.
“The NFL and CBS really wanted Rihanna to be next year’s performer in Atlanta,” a source told the outlet. “They offered it to her, but she said no because of the kneeling controversy. She doesn’t agree with the NFL’s stance.”
Kaepernick became one of the most controversial players in NFL history after he sparked a peaceful protest. In 2016, the former 49ers quarterback chose to kneel amid the National Anthem and was joined by different competitors players over various games. He has since entered the free organization and presently can’t seem to sign to another team. Kaepernick is facing a fight in court with the NFL, arguing that the NFL team owners plotted to keep him off the field on account of his political demonstrations.
“On the off chance that the NFL (and additionally all elite athletics classes) is to remain a meritocracy, at that point principled and serene political dissent—which the proprietors themselves made incredible venue mimicking weeks prior—ought not be rebuffed and competitors ought not be denied business dependent on fanatic political incitement by the Executive Branch of our administration,” Kaepernick already said in an announcement.
The insider revealed to Us Weekly that once Rihanna rejected the offer, league officials enlisted Maroon 5, who might possibly be joined via Cardi B.
Per the outlet:
“She is certainly being considered, yet it’s clearly far too soon to state without a doubt,” one insider says, taking note of that “anything could occur or change” when February 3, 2019, amusement moves around.