Rihanna reportedly turned down Super Bowl LIII halftime show to support Colin Kaepernick
WASHINGTON (WJLA) — Music superstar Rihanna reportedly told the NFL no when they asked her to perform the Super Bowl LIII halftime show to stand in solidarity with former quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
Us Weekly reported Thursday that the singer is a supporter of Kaepernick's activism against racial inequality and does not like how the league has handled his situation.
“The NFL and CBS really wanted Rihanna to be next year’s performer in Atlanta,” according to the magazine's source. “They offered it to her, but she said no because of the kneeling controversy. She doesn’t agree with the NFL’s stance.”
Kaepernick has been out of football since the 2016 season after he became a national figure credited with starting a movement to protest against discrimination by kneeling, sitting or making some other demonstration during the National Anthem.
Maroon 5 will reportedly headline the halftime performance at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.