Roger Waters calls on Maroon 5 to take knee during Super Bowl halftime in solidarity with Kaepernick
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Pink Floyd's Roger Waters is calling on Maroon 5, Travis Scott and Big Boi to take a knee in solidarity with former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick during their performance in the Super Bowl 53 halftime show on Sunday. 

Waters made the plea in a Facebook post earlier this week, saying: “My colleagues Maroon 5, Travis Scott and Big Boi are performing during the halftime show at the Super-bowl this coming Sunday, I call upon them to ‘take a knee’ on stage in full sight.”


“I call upon them to do it in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick, to do it for every child shot to death on these mean streets, to do it for every bereaved mother and father and brother and sister,” Waters continued. “My mother used to say to me, ‘In any situation there is nearly always a right thing to do, just do it.’ So, there you go my brothers, you are faced with a choice, I’m not saying it will be easy, all the Presidents men, all the huffers and puffers, will be royally pissed off, but, $#@%’em, I call upon you to do it because it’s the right thing to do and because somewhere inside you know it.”

Waters's Facebook post also featured a video from a September 2017 performance in Hartford, Conn., during which his band knelt in solidarity with Kaepernick and other NFL players who were taking a knee during the national anthem before games to protest police brutality at the time. 

“We did it in solidarity with San Francisco Quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s gesture of protest against the endemic racism and often deadly force meted out by police departments across this land,” Water said of the band’s demonstration in the post.

“It was the third Sunday of Colin Kaepernick’s lock out by the NFL. The message was clear, ‘Shut your mouth, boy!’ Next Sunday will be the 36th Sunday he has been locked out of your national game,” Waters wrote in the caption. “This is not a victory for the NFL, it is a defeat, you have denied football fans everywhere the pleasure and the honor of watching one of the greatest quarterbacks who ever played the game, and you have shown your true colors.”

Kaepernick was the first NFL player to protest racial inequality and police brutality by taking a knee during "The Star-Spangled Banner" before games in 2016. 

He 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 and his base for protesting during the national anthem. Trump has called for the NFL to fire players who protest during the national anthem, saying it disrespects the American flag.

The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback became a free agent when the 2016-17 season concluded and has not been signed by an NFL franchise since.

He later filed a grievance against NFL owners in 2017 and claimed they colluded to keep him out of the league.

Waters’s comments come as the entertainers continue to face scrutiny for accepting the high-profile gig amid the controversy surrounding Kaepernick

In an interview with “Entertainment Tonight” on Thursday, Maroon 5’s frontman Adam Levine assured critics that their voices “will be” heard during his coming performance on Sunday.

“I’m not in the right profession if I can’t handle a little bit of controversy. It’s what it is,” he told the outlet. “We expected it. We’d like to move on from it, and like I said earlier, speak through the music.”

When pressed during the interview about what he would say to those who “just want to be heard” and how his performance would speak to that, Levine answered: “They will be. That’s all I want to say. Because I don’t want to spoil anything.”