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Rihanna turns down Super Bowl halftime show to support Colin Kaepernick

Rihanna turns down Super Bowl halftime show to support Colin Kaepernick

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Rihanna reportedly turned down an offer to headline the 2019 Super Bowl halftime show. Her reason? Standing in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick and against the NFL’s stance on kneeling during the national anthem.

Us  Weekly first reported the news.

A source said to the magazine: ‘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 same insider also allegedly told Entertainment Tonight Rihanna is planning a new album and tour. Therefore, the exposure of the halftime show would have been good, but ‘she stuck to what’s right in her eyes’.

According to some reports, Pink also turned down an offer to headline the halftime show.

Colin Kaepernick was the quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers when he ignited a firestorm of controversy in 2016.

When the US national anthem was played before games, he refused to stand and instead kneeled. He did this as form of protest against police brutality shown towards black people in the country.

The NFL established a new rule — which ultimately stalled — where players cannot kneel on field, but they can remain in the locker room for the anthem.

Kaepernick is currently a free agent.

The 2019 Super Bowl is on 3 February. Maroon 5 are the official headliners of the halftime show, with special guests still unannounced.

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