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Riri declines Super Bowl show offer in support of Kaepernick

NO TO NFL: Rihanna has reportedly declined an invitation to be next year's halftime performer

RIHANNA HAS reportedly turned the NFL’s invitation to perform at the 2019 Super Bowl halftime show in protest against the league’s treatment of Colin Kaepernick.

Kaepernick has not played in the sport professionally for over a year and many believe he has been blacklisted from the league due to his campaign against racial injustice.

The 30-year-old former San Francisco 49ers quarterback started kneeling when the national anthem was played during games in 2016 in response to police brutality in the United States.

According to US Weekly’s source, the NFL “really wanted” Rihanna to be the headline act but she declined their invitation because of their opposition to Kaepernick’s actions.

Fans of the Bajan singer have expressed their support.

One tweeted: "Rihanna is really the realest out in these streets."

Another said: "I think it's cool that Rihanna turned down the Super Bowl because she doesn't agree with their attempt to silence those who kneel. I think all artists should've joined forces and decided not to perform but you can't expect everyone to stand up for something important."

Instead of Rihanna, Maroon 5 were announced as the headliners of the major event which is televised around the world.

The Work singer, whose philanthropic work has led her to fund education programmes and lobby political leaders to prioritise education, has recently been using her platform to encourage people in the United States to register to vote.

Kaepernick, who is endorsed by Nike, is currently one of the faces of their major campaigns, appearing on ads with the words: “Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything.”

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