Rihanna reportedly turned down an offer to headline the Super Bowl LII halftime show because she doesn’t agree with the NFL’s stance on the kneeling protests.
The Umbrella singer was reportedly invited to follow in the footsteps of the likes of Justin Timberlake and Beyonce to perform on February 19 next year, but she declined in a show of support for Colin Kaepernick.
A source told Us Weekly: “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.”
They report that the NFL then extended their offer to Maroon 5, who are confirmed headliners.
Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Kaepernick stirred a national controversy by taking a knee during the national anthem as a protest against racism.
The anthem protests, soon embraced by other players, raised the ire of some fans and the President, who has said he would love to see NFL owners fire football players who disrespect the American flag.
In September, it was revealed he was one of the faces of a new Nike campaign.
“Colin has been a Nike athlete since 2011,” Nike spokeswoman Sandra Carreon-John said.
Other athletes featured in the ad campaign included New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., skateboarder Lacey Baker and Seattle Seahawks linebacker Shaquem Griffin, who is an amputee with one hand.
“We believe Colin is one of the most inspirational athletes of this generation, who has leveraged the power of sport to help move the world forward,” said Gino Fisanotti, a Nike vice president of brand for North America.
Kaepernick and another former 49ers player, Eric Reid, have not been signed by any of the NFL’s 32 teams since their protests spread around the league. Both have filed collusion grievances against NFL owners.