The NFL Shunning Colin Kaepernick Means The Super Bowl Has Gone From Rihanna To Maroon 5 And That Says It All

The NFL Shunning Colin Kaepernick Means The Super Bowl Has Gone From Rihanna To Maroon 5 And That Says It All

    By Georgia Aspinall Posted on 19 Oct 2018

    After Colin Kaepernick filed a grievance against NFL team owners for not hiring him following his protest 2016 protest, multiple celebrities have reportedly refused to perform at the NFL’s Super Bowl half-time show in support of him, including Rihanna.

    According to US Weekly, Rihanna was invited to headline the show, but ‘does not agree with the NFL’s stance’ and so chose to turn it down. Pink has also reportedly declined to perform, instead letting the baton fall to Maroon 5, who apparently jumped at the chance to headline according to AJC.

    Colin Kaepernick was the San Francisco 49ers Quarterback when he chose to kneel instead of stand during the US national anthem, in protest of police brutality against African Americans and racial inequality. He was quickly joined by other team members, but became the face of the protest.

    Opting out of his contract in March 2017, six months later he accused the NFL of colluding not to hire him, and in September 2018 became the face of Nike’s anniversary Just Do It campaign, the brand that designs uniforms and sideline apparel for all of the NFL’s 32 teams.

    He is currently a free agent, and the NFL have refused to comment on reports that Rihanna declined the performance in support of him. But if they carry on staying quiet, we can be sure the Super Bowl half-time performance will become a thing of legends past. Remember the days of Beyonce? Lady Gaga? Madonna? Such sweet memories…

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    Honestly, this is all just one big metaphor for what happens when you refuse to stand up for the workers that keep your institution going: you want Rihanna, but you end up with Maroon 5…

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