Recording artist Rihanna during the first quarter in game one of the 2017 NBA Finals

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Rihanna Turned Down Super Bowl Halftime Show to Support Kaepernick

US Weekly spoke to an "insider" who revealed "She said no ... She doesn’t agree with the NFL’s stance."

October 19, 2018 - 3:42 pm

We know the 2019 Super Bowl Halftime Show in Atlanta will include Maroon 5 and guests – and we know one of those guests will definitely not be Rihanna. Multiple entertainment media outlets have confirmed that she declined an opportunity to perform at Super Bowl LIII as a sign of support for currently unemployed quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

US Weekly spoke to an "insider" who revealed "They offered it to her, but she said no because of the kneeling controversy. She doesn’t agree with the NFL’s stance."

Kaepernick began a wave of protests by NFL players two seasons ago, kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality and racial inequality. The protests have grown into one of the most polarizing issues in sports, with President Donald Trump loudly urging the league to suspend or fire players who demonstrate during the anthem.

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Meanwhile, the league and players union still haven't resolved whether players will be punished this season if they choose to kneel or demonstrate during the national anthem. Owners approved a policy requiring players to stand if they are on the sideline during "The Star-Spangled Banner," allowing them to stay off the field if they wish.

Rihanna has not made any public comment, nor has she posted on social media as of Friday afternoon.