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Rihanna Reportedly Turned Down The Super Bowl Halftime Show In Support Of Colin Kaepernick And People Applauded

“She said no because of the kneeling controversy,” Us Weekly reported.

Posted on October 19, 2018, at 11:51 a.m. ET

Not to put a damper on your morning, but remember how you felt when you heard reports that Maroon 5 would be doing the Super Bowl halftime show this year?

Atlanta, home of Outkast, T.I., Future, Ludacris, Usher, etc., gets Maroon 5 to play the damn Super Bowl.

Many people had...feelings.

A brief list of musicians more fitting for Atlanta's Super Bowl than Maroon 5

Well, it turns out Maroon 5 wasn’t the NFL’s first pick either.

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Rumor has it they had actually offered it to Rihanna! But she turned the gig down, according to a report from Us Weekly.

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Rihanna, WHY????

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According to the report, which BuzzFeed News has not been able to confirm, Rihanna declined in support of former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

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Kaepernick, who played for the San Francisco 49ers until March 2017, says he has been iced out of the league after launching a wave of player protests against police violence.

Kaepernick and other players’ protest by kneeling during the National Anthem became a flashpoint for the league and the country after President Trump repeatedly attacked Kaepernick and other players at his rallies and on Twitter.

“They offered it to her, but she said no because of the kneeling controversy. She doesn’t agree with the NFL’s stance,” an insider told Us Weekly.

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Kaepernick, who became a free agent after leaving the 49ers, is suing the league. He has accused team owners of colluding to keep him off the field, saying that he has been unable to get a job even though he has a better record than some players who have been hired.

In August, a judge ruled that the case could proceed.

This would not be the first time Rihanna has spoken out against police violence. She appeared in a video about police violence alongside Maroon 5’s Adam Levine, for Alicia Keys’ We Are Here movement.

View this video on YouTube

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Obviously, many fans were devastated by the thought of what could have been.

we’re never getting rihanna at the super bowl

a rihanna super bowl halftime show would have shifted the tectonic plates of my wig but she had to stand up for what was right

Some people gleefully imagined her conversation with the NFL.

NFL: “You tryna perform at the Super Bowl???” Rihanna:

NFL: Hey, we'd love for you to perform at the Superbowl— Rihanna:

They said this was true solidarity.

Shout out to Rihanna. She turned down the Super Bowl halftime show to stand in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick.

Rihanna refuses to perform at the Super Bowl in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick. This is what solidarity looks like. Thank you @rihanna.

And that she was setting an example for (AHEM) other performers.

I love Rihanna for standing up for Colin Kaepernick. This is also what Justin Timberlake should have done for Janet Jackson. If you have influence and leverage, use it for good in the world.

People loved her more than ever.

Rihanna is what’s good in the world.

I've loved @rihanna for some time. I love her even more today. 👑 #Superbowl #NFL

So, take whatever time you need to mourn, but never be surprised that Rihanna is sticking up for what she believes in.

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And, remember, no matter who ends up playing...

Looks like Rihanna already won the super bowl.

BuzzFeed News has reached out to Rihanna, Kaepernick, and the NFL for comment.


Multiple media outlets have reported that Maroon 5 will perform at the 2019 Super Bowl halftime show. A previous version of this article incorrectly stated that the NFL had officially confirmed this news.

A BuzzFeed News investigation, in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, based on thousands of documents the government didn't want you to see.