Rihanna’s choice to reject the provide over a political subject follows her Instagram message earlier this month urging followers to vote within the November US congressional elections. She is certainly one of a number of celebrities who’ve taken political stances forward of the voting.
The Tremendous Bowl is the yr’s most-watched US tv broadcast of the yr, repeatedly drawing greater than 100 million viewers. The sport can be performed on February three, 2019, in Atlanta, Georgia.
Representatives for the NFL and Rihanna didn’t instantly reply to requests for remark. A CBS spokeswoman directed inquiries to the NFL.
An unnamed supply instructed Leisure Tonight that the NFL approached each Rihanna and singer Pink early in its halftime present discussions, however that each ladies moved on when the negotiations took a very long time. That supply stated Kaepernick didn’t come up in these early conversations.
Kaepernick’s choice to start kneeling throughout the anthem in 2016 sparked a heated nationwide debate, with critics together with US President Donald Trump calling the gamers unpatriotic. The NFL gave in to strain from Trump and ordered gamers to not kneel on the sphere throughout the anthem.
After the protests, Kaepernick couldn’t discover a job for the 2017 season and sued the NFL, accusing homeowners of colluding to blackball him. He’s nonetheless with no crew.
A number of media retailers have reported that the NFL has chosen pop band Maroon 5 because the halftime performer, however no announcement has been made.