Rihanna has confirmed rumors that she said no to Super Bowl 2019 to offer support to former NFL star turned activist Colin Kaepernick.
The singer told Vogue in an interview that she, quote, “just couldn’t be a sellout” by performing in the halftime show. Instead, Maroon 5 took the stage.
Rihanna also said there are NFL practices that she doesn’t agree with. Kaepernick, an ex-49ers quarterback, made headlines for kneeling during the national anthem to protest racial inequality and police brutality. The NFL later ruled that players can’t kneel on the field and should either stand or wait in the locker room.