Rihanna turned down Super Bowl halftime show in support of Kaepernick: report
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Singer Rihanna reportedly rejected an offer to headline the NFL’s Super Bowl halftime show in support of athlete-turned-activist Colin Kaepernick.

According to reports from Us Weekly and Entertainment Tonight, the “Work” singer was in consideration for a Super Bowl performance but turned down the opportunity when it was offered.

“Rihanna was the front-runner for next year’s super bowl halftime show," a source told Entertainment Tonight. "CBS and the NFL reached out to Rihanna first, who after thinking about the offer, decided to pass due to the NFL and the situation regarding players kneeling."


According to the source, the singer "stands with the players and Colin Kaepernick."

“The NFL and Fox really wanted Rihanna to be next year’s performer in Atlanta,” a source told Us Weekly. “They offered it to her, but she said no because of the kneeling controversy. She doesn’t agree with the NFL’s stance.”

Kaepernick was the first NFL player to protest racial inequality and police brutality by taking a knee during the national anthem before games. 

The former NFL player was frequently targeted by President TrumpDonald TrumpDOJ asks Supreme Court to revive Boston Marathon bomber death sentence, in break with Biden vow Biden looking to build momentum for Putin meeting DOJ tells media execs that reporters were not targets of investigations MORE, who has ripped into the NFL regularly over the issue.

Trump at a rally in Alabama last year said he would love to see an NFL owner "when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out! He’s fired. He’s fired!’"

The NFL sought to end the controversy over national anthem protests by imposing a policy earlier this year that would prevent players from protesting during the national anthem. 

The policy was later placed on hold after drawing a wave of complaints from players and fans.