NFL brings attention to Maroon 5 backlash by shutting down Super Bowl week press conference

first_imgThe NFL on Tuesday canceled a press conference for Super Bowl halftime show performer Maroon 5. The decision again brought into question the league’s approach toward players who kneel during the national anthem.Large numbers of social media users have called for Maroon 5 to not perform at the game because of a perception the league has discouraged protests, and the wording of the NFL’s cancellation announcement seemed to indicate the league was concerned with reporters asking the group about the controversy. “As it is about music, the artists will let their show do the talking,” the NFL wrote in its— NFL345 (@NFL345) January 29, 2019Halftime performers customarily hold a press conference the week of the Super Bowl. Last year, with the anthem issue at the forefront of public attention, Justin Timberlake met with the media for about 20 minutes.The league’s statement appeared to bring increased attention to the calls for Maroon 5 to boycott.Google Trends shows search terms for “Maroon 5” and “Maroon 5 cancelled” spiked immediately after the NFL released its statement. The musical group also trended in many cities on Twitter following the NFL’s statement, including Atlanta, where the game is being held.MORE: Who is singing the national anthem at the Super Bowl? Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who started the kneeling movement in protest of racial inequality in the U.S., is suing the NFL alleging collusion by team owners. He has not played in the league since 2016, which he believes is the result of his protests.Variety and TMZ reported in January that Kaepernick told hip-hop artist Travis Scott he disapproved of Scott being a part of the halftime show (Atlanta artist Big Boi will also perform). Scott said in a statement that he agreed to perform after the NFL agreed to donate $500,000 to social justice organization Dream Corps.Earlier Tuesday, Maroon 5, in conjunction with Interscope Records the NFL, donated $500,000 Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.last_img

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