A day after Twitter damn near went up in flames at news the NFL and the Super Bowl Halftime Show sponsor Pepsi confirmed Justin Timberlake would be the 2018 headliner [click here to read more about that], the sports league is combatting reports that Janet Jackson was blacklisted from appearing at the spectacle.
Could there be #Justice4Janet after all? Details inside:
Three years after confirming to TMZ the pop icon was still “blacklisted” from the Super Bowl as a headliner (thanks to her 2004 “wardrobe malfunction”), the NFL is clarifying they never said she couldn’t come AT ALL.
According to TMZ Sports:
Now, with JT getting the SB52 halftime show, it’s clearly water under the bridge when it comes to his relationship with the NFL. But what about Janet?
We reached out to the league and we’re told straight-up, “There’s no ban.”
So, does this mean Timberlake will bring Janet on as a special guest?
An NFL spokesperson tells us, “We are not going to comment on any speculation regarding potential guests. There may be no guests. Along with Pepsi, we’re excited to have Justin Timberlake.”
Opting not to expressly say “no” means that “yes” is still a possibility. The news only adds fuel to existent rumors the NFL, alongside headliner Timberlake, will use next year’s platform as an apology space for the professional and personal damage Jackson suffered as a result of the incident.
Here’s hoping so.