Published Oct 19, 2018Maroon 5 will perform at the 2019 Super Bowl halftime show, but they weren't the NFL's first choice. Rihanna reportedly turned down the gig, citing support for Colin Kaepernick as her reason for declining the invitation.
A "source" told Us Weekly that Rihanna supports the controversy-causing football player, who began kneeling during the national anthem before games back in 2016 in protest of police brutality. He has been a free agent since the end of the 2016 season.
"The NFL and CBS really wanted Rihanna to be next year's performer in Atlanta," the source told Us Weekly. "They offered it to her, but she said no because of the kneeling controversy. She doesn't agree with the NFL's stance."
Riri isn't the first artist to reject the Super Bowl halftime show slot in recent years; JAY-Z reportedly refused to perform at last year's event.
He seemingly confirmed the rumours on the Carters' Everything Is Love track "APESHIT," rapping: "I said no to the Super Bowl: you need me, I don't need you / Every night we in the endzone, tell the NFL we in stadiums too."
The 2019 Super Bowl is slated to take place on February 3 in Atlanta, GA.