According to US Weekly, Rihanna cited the NFL's National Anthem controversy, which Kaepernick started in 2016 by taking a knee during the song before games, and the league's updated anthem policy.
Why? Well, the magazine reports Rihanna turned down the league due to her stance on the national anthem controversy. But, Rihanna is standing in solidarity with Kaepernick, who has an ongoing legal case against the NFL. Whether it be good or bad, the ramifications of this act have been monumental and it seems that Rihanna declining to perform at the Super Bowl halftime show is the next domino to fall.
"The NFL and CBS really wanted Rihanna to be next year's performer in Atlanta", the outlet's source further claimed. Previously, the Bronx Bomber said she would NOT do the Super Bowl. She reportedly did so because she doesn't agree with NFL's stance on Colin Kaepernick.
Rihanna stands with Kap.
In addition, 'The NFL's told them they are more than welcome to add anyone they've collabed with in the past to join them on stage.
Well, if the reports are true, Rihanna should be taken off that list. Next year's Super Bowl will take place in Atlanta's Mercedes-Benz Stadium on February 3, 2019.