Pop star Rihanna has turned down the NFL’s invitation to headline the Super Bowl half-time show in support of Colin Kaepernick.
A source told US Weekly “The NFL and CBS really wanted Rihanna to be next year’s performer in Atlanta. They offered it to her, but she said no because of the kneeling controversy. She doesn’t agree with the NFL’s stance.”
With Rihanna rejecting the invitation, Maroon 5 will now headline the show taking place on February 3rd in Atlanta, Georgia.
Kaepernick, 30, first started kneeling during the US national anthem to protest injustice, racial inequality and the extrajudicial killing of African Americans by the police.
The quarterback has been without a team since he opted out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers in March 2017.
He has filed a grievance against NFL team owners he claims conspired not to hire him because of his protests and has become the face of a new Nike advertising campaign.