Justin Timberlake says his son ‘will never play football’

The Super Bowl halftime performer does not want his son ever playing football.

Justin Timberlake, 37, said on Thursday that his 2-year-old son Silas will never play football, during a press conference to promote Sunday’s Super Bowl LII halftime show.

“Uh, he will never play football,” Timberlake said. “No, no.”

The question came after Timberlake, 37, joked that he would be ready to put the pads on if the New England Patriots needed an extra receiver.

“I mean, yeah, it's kind of like that thing where my main objective is that he become a great person. And if he wants to get into the arts or sports, then yeah, I would fully support that,” he added. “I think I can hopefully offer him some advice on what to do and what not to do, so yeah, but right now we're working on our manners. That's a big deal in our house right now. It's like, one thing at a time."

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Singers Tony Bennett (L) and Patti LaBelle perform during the haltime show of 1995 Super Bowl XXIX in Miami. The San Francisco 49ers are leading the San Diego Chargers 42-18 in the third quarter. 

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The Judds perform during the 1994 halftime show of the Cowboys 30-13 victory over the Bills in Super Bowl XXVIII at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. 

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Diana Ross preforms during haft time of Super Bowl XXX between the Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers on January 28, 1996 at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona. The Cowboys won the Super Bowl 27-17.

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Tina Turner performs before the start of Super Bowl XXXIV at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, GA 30 January, 2000. 

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Britney Spears performs with Aerosmith during the halftime show for Super Bowl XXXV January 28, 2001 at the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, FL.

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*NSYNC during Super Bowl XXXV at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, United States. 

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Shania Twain performs during halftime of Super Bowl XXXVII between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Oakland Raiders on January 26, 2003 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. 

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Singers Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake perform during the halftime show at Super Bowl XXXVIII between the New England Patriots and the Carolina Panthers at Reliant Stadium on February 1, 2004 in Houston, Texas. 

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Prince performs during the 'Pepsi Halftime Show' during Super Bowl XLI between the Indianapolis Colts and the Chicago Bears on February 4, 2007 at Dolphin Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. 

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apl.de.ap, will.i.am, Fergie and Taboo of The Black Eyed Peas perform during the Bridgestone Super Bowl XLV Halftime Show at Dallas Cowboys Stadium on February 6, 2011 in Arlington, Texas.

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Nicki Minaj and Madonna perform during the Bridgestone Super Bowl XLVI Halftime Show at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 5, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. 

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Nicki Minaj and Madonna perform during the Bridgestone Super Bowl XLVI Halftime Show at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 5, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. 

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Madonna performs with LMFAO members SkyBlu and Redfoo during the Bridgestone Super Bowl XLVI Halftime Show at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 5, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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Singers Kelly Rowland, Beyonce and Michelle Williams of Destiny's Child perform during the Pepsi Super Bowl XLVII Halftime Show at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on February 3, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana. 

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Singer Katy Perry performs with dancers during the Pepsi Super Bowl XLIX Halftime Show at University of Phoenix Stadium on February 1, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona.

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His initial response, however, was just another indictment on football and the danger that comes with playing the sport.

The NFL has come under much scrutiny in recent years for its handling of concussions and the emergence of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, a degenerative brain disease resulting from blows to the head in many deceased players.

Prior to the start of the season, researchers discovered that 110 of 111 donated brains of deceased players they examined had CTE. Last week, lawmakers in New York and Illinois introduced legislation that would ban children under the age of 12 from playing football.

The NFL recently released that concussions were up this season, too, with 38 more reported concussions than in 2016 yet the league says 47% of those were self-reported, an increase from the 28% of self-reported concussions a year ago.

A request for comment from the NFL on Timberlake's remarks was not immediately returned.

Timberlake will be performing in the Super Bowl for the first time in 14 years since the Janet Jackson “wardrobe malfunction” incident.

Timberlake said this year’s show will be family-friendly.

“We're going to take it seriously that we want everyone to have a ton of fun,” he said. “That's my main objective with the halftime show."

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HOUSTON, UNITED STATES: Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake perform at half-time at Super Bowl XXXVIII at Reliant Stadium, 01 February 2004 in Houston, TX. AFP PHOTO Jeff HAYNES (Photo credit should read JEFF HAYNES/AFP/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, UNITED STATES: US singers Janet Jackson (R) and Justin Timberlake (L) perform during the half-time show of Super Bowl XXXVIII at Reliant Stadium 01 February 2004 in Houston, TX. AFP PHOTO/Jeff HAYNES (Photo credit should read JEFF HAYNES/AFP/Getty Images)
Justin Timberlake and Janet Jackson during Super Bowl XXXVIII Halftime Show at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas, United States. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
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HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 1: Singers Janet Jackson and surprise guest Justin Timberlake perform during the halftime show at Super Bowl XXXVIII between the New England Patriots and the Carolina Panthers at Reliant Stadium on February 1, 2004 in Houston, Texas. At the end of the performance, Timberlake tore away a piece of Jackson's outfit. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Getty Images)
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