Rihanna Confirms She Turned Down Super Bowl Halftime Show in Solidarity With Colin Kaepernick
Rihanna is definitely team Kaepernick.
The superstar singer confirmed in a new interview that she did indeed turn down doing the Super Bowl LIII Halftime Show to show her solidarity with Colin Kaepernick.
“Absolutely,” the nine-time Grammy winner, 31, said in her November 2019 cover story for Vogue.
“I couldn’t dare do that. For what? Who gains from that? Not my people. I just couldn’t be a sellout. I couldn’t be an enabler. There’s things within that organization that I do not agree with at all, and I was not about to go and be of service to them in any way.”
Pink also turned down an offer to headline the February halftime show, which eventually went to Maroon 5, Travis Scott, and Big Boi of Outkast.
The 31-year-old Kaepernick hasn’t played a down of football since the end of the 2016 NFL season and was widely considered to be blackballed from the league because of his kneeling. He would ultimately file a grievance against the league the owners in 2017, which accused them of colluding to keep him without a job.
He reached a confidential settlement with the league in February.
“For the past several months, counsel for Mr. Kaepernick and [Carolina Panthers safety Eric Reid] have engaged in an ongoing dialogue with representatives of the NFL,” Kaepernick’s attorneys, Mark Geragos and Ben Meiselas, said in a statement to Us at the time. “As a result of those discussions, the parties have decided to resolve the pending grievances. The resolution of this matter is subject to a confidentiality agreement so there will be no further comment by any party.”