Rihanna confirms she turned down Super Bowl halftime show in support of Kaepernick
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Rihanna confirmed in a recent interview that she turned down an offer to headline the NFL’s Super Bowl halftime show earlier this year in support of former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

“I couldn’t dare do that. For what? Who gains from that? Not my people. I just couldn’t be a sellout," the singer said of the NFL's offer in an interview with Vogue magazine published on Wednesday.


“I couldn’t be an enabler,” she continued. “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.”

Rihanna sparked headlines last year after reports emerged that the NFL had reached out to the star to offer her a chance to headline the halftime show but was rejected due to the singer’s support for Kaepernick. 

“The NFL and Fox really wanted Rihanna to be next year’s performer in Atlanta,” a source told Us Weekly at the time. “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 kneeling during the national anthem before games during the 2016 season. The former quarterback, who led the 49ers to the Super Bowl in 2013 and was once the second-highest paid quarterback in the NFL, has not had a job in the league since that season.

Kaepernick has long been the face of the kneeling movement within the league and is frequently targeted by President TrumpDonald John TrumpObama slams Trump in Miami: 'Florida Man wouldn't even do this stuff' Trump makes his case in North Carolina, Ohio and Wisconsin Pence's chief of staff tests positive for COVID-19 MORE and other conservatives for his activism.

He later filed a grievance against the league in October 2017, in which he accused team owners of colluding to keep him from getting another contract. He reached a settlement with the NFL earlier this year to settle the grievance.