Colin Kaepernick and Rihanna (Photo credit: PA Images/SIPA USA)

(Photo credit: PA Images/SIPA USA)

Rihanna Took a Knee To Super Bowl Halftime Show, Supporting Colin Kaepernick

October 19, 2018

When the NFL asked Rihanna to perform at the coveted Halftime Show at the upcoming Super Bowl LIII, the singer/actress respectively declined.

Sources tell US Weekly the 30 year-old decided to pass on the performance in support of former San Francisco 49er quarterback and activist Colin Kaepernick. The embattled football player was the first to take a knee in the 2016 season during the National Anthem in protest of police brutality and racial inequality.

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

The NFL moved on from the "Umbrella" singer to rock band Maroon 5. Kaepernick, also decided to move on from the Niners in March 2017 when he officially opted-out of his contract.

He hasn't played professionally since.