Sport: Rihanna says she turned down Super Bowl because of Colin Kaepernick: 'I couldn't be a sellout' - PressFrom - US
  •   
  •   
  •   

Sport Rihanna says she turned down Super Bowl because of Colin Kaepernick: 'I couldn't be a sellout'

22:30  09 october  2019
22:30  09 october  2019 Source:   sports.yahoo.com

Rihanna teases two new albums, says she 'absolutely' turned down Super Bowl performance

  Rihanna teases two new albums, says she 'absolutely' turned down Super Bowl performance Rihanna teases new album R9, turned down Super Bowl performanceThe 31-year-old Barbadian pop star revealed details of her upcoming release in a cover story for Vogue‘s November issue, claiming that her new music will fuse traditional reggae influences with fresh sonic inspiration.

Justin Timberlake performed during the Super Bowl LII halftime show, but only after Rihanna turned down the NFL’s offer. It was widely rumored that Rihanna rebuffed the NFL as a show of solidarity to former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

a person posing for the camera: Rihanna turned down the NFL's offer to perform at Super Bowl LII (Photo by Han Myung-Gu/WireImage)© Provided by Oath Inc. Rihanna turned down the NFL's offer to perform at Super Bowl LII (Photo by Han Myung-Gu/WireImage)

On Wednesday, Rihanna confirmed that was the case.

In an interview with Abby Aguirre of Vogue, Rihanna said she didn’t want to “be a sellout” or an “enabler,” so she turned down the NFL.

I ask Rihanna if we can discuss politics. “How deep you wanna get?” she says. “However deep you’re willing to go,” I say. She signals that I may proceed, and I ask if it’s true that she turned down the Super Bowl halftime show in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick. “Absolutely,” she says. “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.”

The blatant blackballing of Colin Kaepernick continues

  The blatant blackballing of Colin Kaepernick continues On Sunday night, an undrafted rookie from an FCS school may be playing quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Colin Kaepernick may be watching the game on TV. And, yes, something continues to be very wrong with that picture.© Ezra Shaw/Getty Images San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick points downfield during a game against the Arizona Cardinals on Dec. 28, 2014, at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. The NFL continues to blackball Kaepernick, consistently and continuously ignoring his ongoing desire to return to the NFL.

Kaepernick, 31, last played in the NFL in 2016. He protested racial injustice in the United States that season, taking a knee during the national anthem. That decision drew plenty of criticism, particularly from President Donald Trump. Kaepernick hit free agency that offseason, went unsigned and hasn’t played in the NFL since. Kaepernick has made it clear he would like to return to the NFL.

[Watch live NFL games on the Yahoo Sports app, here's how]

Rihanna’s comment suggests she’s still opposed to working with the NFL. That wasn’t the case for Jay-Z, who also reportedly turned down the Super Bowl LII halftime show in support of Kaepernick.

In August, Jay-Z entered into a partnership with the NFL focused on entertainment and social justice. The decision drew criticism from Carolina Panthers safety Eric Reid, who accused Jay-Z of parroting NFL talking points when speaking about Kaepernick.

Opinion: Case for Colin Kaepernick is more like a Hail Mary for out-of-work QB

  Opinion: Case for Colin Kaepernick is more like a Hail Mary for out-of-work QB Colin Kaepernick's representatives issue release detailing "false narratives" regarding quarterback's attempts to return to NFL.

Jay-Z’s partnership with the NFL may have opened the door for him to headline a Super Bowl halftime show in the future. If that happens, don’t expect Rihanna to join that performance unless the NFL has mended its relationship with Kaepernick.

———

Chris Cwik is a writer for Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Chris_Cwik

More from Yahoo Sports:

  • NFL Power Rankings: 49ers jump into top four

  • Forde-Yard Dash: Predicting a huge Week

  • KD sounds off on why Knicks can’t land superstars

  • Forde: Picking winners for biggest weekend of college football

Rihanna Announces ‘Visual’ Autobiographical Book .
Rihanna has announced her first “visual autobiography,” Rihanna, a 504-page book containing more than 1,000 photos documenting the pop star and her life (many of them never-before-seen). It will be published by Phaidon. “From her childhood in Barbados to her worldwide tours, from quintessential fashion moments to private time with friends and family, the book showcases intimate photographs of her life as a musician, performer, designer, and entrepreneur,” reads a press statement for the book.In her personal statement, Rihanna said, “I am so excited to share this collection of incredible images. I’m very grateful to the talented photographers and artists who contributed.

—   Share news in the SOC. Networks

Topical videos:

usr: 2
This is interesting!