Rihanna has reportedly turned down Super Bowl LIII halftime show because of Colin Kaepernick

When Colin Kaepernick said in an instantly famous Nike commercial, “Believe in something, even if it means sacrificing everything,” Rihanna listened.

According to Us Weekly magazine, Rihanna turned down the opportunity to be the Super Bowl LIII halftime show because she doesn’t agree with the NFL’s treatment of Kaepernick.

Kaepernick has been an unsigned free agent since the end of the 2016 season, and that seems directly related to him kneeling during the national anthem to bring attention to social issues. Kaepernick has filed a collusion grievance against the NFL.

“The NFL and CBS really wanted Rihanna to be next year’s performer in Atlanta,” a source told Us Weekly. “They offered it to her, but she said no because of the kneeling controversy. She doesn’t agree with the NFL’s stance.”

If Us Weekly’s source is accurate, that’s quite a statement from the famous singer. It may not be “sacrificing everything” because her career is going incredibly well with or without the Super Bowl, but the Super Bowl halftime show is a unique opportunity.

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LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 31: Rihanna seen leaving Annabels Halloween Party in Mayfair on October 31, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by GORC/GC Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 31: Rihanna seen leaving Annabels Halloween Party in Mayfair on October 31, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by GORC/GC Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 03: Rihanna attends the Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Anniversary Event at Sephora Pitt Street store on October 3, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Caroline McCredie/Getty Images for Fenty Beauty by Rihanna)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 03: Rihanna attends the Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Anniversary Event at Overseas Passenger Terminal on October 3, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Caroline McCredie/Getty Images for Fenty Beauty by Rihanna)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 03: Rihanna attends the Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Anniversary Event at Overseas Passenger Terminal on October 3, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Caroline McCredie/Getty Images for Fenty Beauty by Rihanna)
BROOKLYN, NY - SEPTEMBER 14: Rihanna attends Fenty Beauty's 1-year anniversary at Sephora inside JCPenney on September 14, 2018 in Brooklyn, New York. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Fenty Beauty)
BROOKLYN, NY - SEPTEMBER 14: Rihanna attends Fenty Beauty's 1-year anniversary at Sephora inside JCPenney on September 14, 2018 in Brooklyn, New York. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Fenty Beauty)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 13: Rihanna attends Rihanna's 4th Annual Diamond Ball benefitting The Clara Lionel Foundation at Cipriani Wall Street on September 13, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Diamond Ball)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 13: Rihanna attends Rihanna's 4th Annual Diamond Ball benefitting The Clara Lionel Foundation at Cipriani Wall Street on September 13, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Diamond Ball)
BROOKLYN, NY - SEPTEMBER 12: Rihanna poses backstage for the Savage X Fenty Fall/Winter 2018 fashion show during NYFW at the Brooklyn Navy Yard on September 12, 2018 in Brooklyn, NY. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Savage X Fenty )
BROOKLYN, NY - SEPTEMBER 12: Rihanna poses backstage for the Savage X Fenty Fall/Winter 2018 fashion show during NYFW at the Brooklyn Navy Yard on September 12, 2018 in Brooklyn, NY. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Savage X Fenty )
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 21: Rihanna attends the Louis Vuitton Menswear Spring/Summer 2019 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on June 21, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 21: Rihanna attends the Louis Vuitton Menswear Spring/Summer 2019 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on June 21, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 15: Rihanna attends the Savage X Fenty London pop-up shop in Shoreditch on June 15, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Savage X Fenty)
Rihanna during filming for the Graham Norton Show at BBC Studioworks in London, to be aired on BBC One on Friday. PRESS ASSOCIATION. Picture date: Thursday June 14, 2018. Photo credit should read: PA Images on behalf of So TV (Photo by Isabel Infantes/PA Images via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 13: Rihanna arriving at Laylow restaurant on June 13, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Mark R. Milan/GC Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 13: Rihanna attends the European Premiere of 'Ocean's 8' at Cineworld Leicester Square on June 13, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 06: Clara Lionel Foundation Executive Director Justine Lucas (L) and Clara Lionel Foundation Director Fiona Korwin-Pawlowski Ryan (R) join Rihanna as she make an appearance at Stance for the Clara Lionel Foundation on June 6, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Stance)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 05: Rihanna attends 'Ocean's 8' World Premiere at Alice Tully Hall on June 5, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Ostuni/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 05: Anne Hathaway and Rihanna attend the 'Ocean's 8' World Premiere After Party on June 5, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 10: Rihanna launches global lingerie brand, Savage X Fenty at Villain on May 10, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Savage X Fenty)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 10: (EDITORS NOTE: Image contains nudity.) India Graham and Rihanna pose during the launch of global lingerie brand, Savage X Fenty at Villain on May 10, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Savage X Fenty)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 07: Recording artist Rihanna attends the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Huffington Post)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 07: Rihanna attends the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 05: Rihanna seen out and about in Manhattan on May 5, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Robert Kamau/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 04: Rihanna touches down at JFK Airport on May 4, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Gotham/GC Images)
THERMAL, CA - APRIL 14: Rihanna attends the FentyXPUMA Drippin event launching the Summer '18 collection at Coachella on April 14, 2018 in Thermal, California. (Photo by John Sciulli/Getty Images for PUMA)
MILAN, ITALY - APRIL 05: Rihanna attends Sephora loves Fenty Beauty by Rihanna launch event on April 5, 2018 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Jacopo Raule/Getty Images for Sephora loves Fenty Beauty by Rihanna launch event )
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 28: Recording artist Rihanna attends the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Madison Square Garden on January 28, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for NARAS)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 28: Recording artist Rihanna attends the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Madison Square Garden on January 28, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for NARAS)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 28: Recording artists Kendrick Lamar (L) and Rihanna, winners of Best Rap/Sung Performance for 'LOYALTY.' pose during the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Madison Square Garden on January 28, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for NARAS)
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Super Bowl halftime show is seen by a huge audience

The Super Bowl halftime show is an undeniable boon for practically any artist on the planet. The Super Bowl routinely is the most watched television program in the United States every year, and the NFL has turned the halftime show into a must-watch event for many.

Some of the biggest acts in the music industry, like Michael Jackson, Prince, Bruce Springsteen, U2, Katy Perry, and Bruno Mars have done the halftime show even though the performers aren’t paid. It’s just an investment in their careers — the exposure from doing a halftime show in front of that many people is priceless. There’s nothing else quite like it.

When Rihanna turned down the offer, the NFL got Maroon 5 to be its halftime show performer at the Super Bowl in Atlanta in February.

Rihanna isn’t the first to turn down Super Bowl

There was a similar story last year. Jay-Z reportedly turned down the Super Bowl halftime show and it was rumored to be in support of Kaepernick, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Rihanna doesn’t need the exposure. According to a Forbes story in April, she has sold 124 million digital singles in the United States, 10 million more than any other artist. She has money, fame and acclaim as a multiple Grammy-winning artist.

Still, it can’t be easy to say no to the Super Bowl and its 100 million-plus viewers. But, according to Us Weekly, Rihanna had a good reason.

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