Rapper Wale to headline Washington Football Team halftime show
Rapper Wale is set to headline the Washington Football Team’s “Inspire Change”-themed halftime show.
Wale, whose real name is Olubowale Victor Akintimehin, will perform his 2020 hit song “Sue Me” during the team’s Monday Night Football game against the Seattle Seahawks.
“Sue Me,” a song centered on the importance of supporting the Black community, gained massive airplay during the social unrest that erupted against police brutality and systemic racism following the murder of George Floyd.
Wale’s performance will bring visibility to the NFL’s “Inspire Change” initiative, which showcases the league’s players and team lending a hand in creating progress in police-community relations, criminal justice reform, and education and economic advancement, the team said in its announcement.
— Washington Football Team (@WashingtonNFL) November 16, 2021
“I am honored to perform for my home team on such an important night – Monday Night Football and Inspire Change – with such a needed message about supporting the Black community. I am dedicating this performance to the Black community of the DMV. I want to show my appreciation and give flowers to those who supported me from the very beginning of my career,” Wale said in a statement.
This comes as the Washington Football Team has found itself at the center of controversy in the NFL.
Former Las Vegas Raiders head coach Jon Gruden resigned from his position last month after the emergence of emails during the NFL’s initial investigation of the Washington Football Team, which contained racist, homophobic and misogynistic language.
The leaked email chain, which spans from 2011 to 2018, involved then-WFT president Bruce Allen and Gruden, who was employed by ESPN as a lead broadcaster for Monday Night Football.
Gruden, who reached a settlement with his former team on his departure, recently sued the NFL over the leaked emails that led to his resignation.
House Committee on Oversight and Reform members Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) and Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-Ill.) recently called on the NFL to release its full investigation report on WFT’s workplace misconduct.
The league fined the Washington Football Team $10 million in July following its investigation, requiring the team executives to be trained in topics such as bullying and unconscious bias.