With the 2019 Super Bowl being just days away, the NFL looked set to host a press conference with the Halftime headliners – Maroon 5. A practice that has, over many years, become customary.
However, amidst volumized backlash, the sports giant has pulled the plug on this year’s pre-game event.
As widely reported, the fall-out from the handling of Colin Kaepernick‘s Black Lives Matter kneeling protest has seen many – including musicians – publicly disassociate with the league.
With even the likes of Rihanna and Pink said to have turned down the Halftime gig in support of the quarterback.
Being frank about the polarizing response from the public, the NFL have issued a statement confirming that there will be no conference. Instead, they say: “as it’s about music, the artists will let their show do the talking. “
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Maroon 5 will be headlining Halftime this Sunday (Feb 3rd) at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium with guests Big Boi and Travis Scott; the latter of whom (in partnership with the NFL) donated $500,000 to a charity benefitting the disadvantaged youth.