It’s looking like Rihanna performing at the NFL’s Super Bowl isn’t going to be happening anytime soon. Today (August 16, 2019) the pop star signaled her thoughts on Jay-Z‘s (real name Shawn Carter) recently-announced entertainment partnership with his company Roc Nation and the league and they were not positive.
While Rihanna didn’t speak, she let her opinion be known by liking a Shaun King Instagram critiquing Jay-Z’s decision to work with the NFL.
On the post, King plainly wrote, ” Jay Z was wrong. CLICK THE LINK IN MY BIO for today’s episode of The Breakdown where I unpack the pain and problems of what Jay Z just did in striking a deal with the NFL, one that he spent a year building, while they actively prevent @kaepernick7 from ever playing another game again. Let me tell you two things: if you actively banned a friend of mine for working for three years, and continued to do so, we can’t be friends.”
None of this is too surprising. Prior to Jay cutting a deal, Rihanna had let it be known she stood with Colin Kaepernick. According to US Weekly, Rihanna was offered the halftime spot for the February 2019 event in Atlanta and let it be known she was not interested. “They offered it to her, but she said no because of the kneeling controversy,” a source told the magazine. “She doesn’t agree with the NFL’s stance.”
Because Rihanna is managed by Roc Nation, not surprisingly Jay was asked during an NFL-related press conference about the possibility of her performing at the February event in 2020. Asked by ET about her participation, Jay answered, “You have to ask her. That’s a tough question.”
While Rihanna’s like is now gone, screenshots are forever.