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Years before Adam Levine’s cheating scandal, he was making headlines for various reasons – but they weren’t good either.
Rihanna may be performing at this year’s show, but in 2019, she turned down the opportunity, according to a source.
“Yes, they asked her, and yes, she refused,” a source said People after Maroon 5 confirmed they had filled the slot.
The source noted that Rihanna’s decision to decline was likely linked to what happened to Colin Kaepernick, an American civil rights activist who was also a football quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers.
In 2016, Kaepernick knelt during the national anthem instead of standing at the start of NFL games to protest police brutality, racial inequality, and oppression in the United States.
His protest received mixed reactions, and in particular, President Donald Trump called on NFL team owners to “fire” players who protest during the national anthem.
After the 2016 season, Kaepernick remained unsigned by a team and became a free agent. In November 2017, he filed a complaint against the NFL and its owners, accusing him of conspiring to keep him out of the league. .
In February 2019, Kaepernick reached a confidential settlement with the NFL and withdrew his complaint.
Before the 2019 halftime show, however, more than 117,000 people signed a Change.org petition asking Maroon 5 to back out of the show in support of Kaepernick and the #TakeAKnee movement.