Nearly one week after reports surfaced that Rihanna turned down the chance to perform at the Super Bowl LIII Halftime Show to show support for Colin Kaepernick, a new report says she’s readying to collaborate with the athlete.
Sources told Metro.co.uk Tuesday, Oct. 23 that RiRi and the free agent quarterback are going to team up to do something relating to social reform by collaborating. The plan allegedly involves one of Rihanna’s music videos and the duo is said to be excited to push the envelope with their project.
“Colin was overwhelmed when he found out Rihanna turned down the Super Bowl to stand with him in his protest against anti-black violence and injustices,” the insider said. “He’d heard a little while before the rest of the world did and since then they’ve been speaking regularly and have decided to work on something related to social justice reform.
“They’re both leaders in their lanes and believe they have the power to inspire positive change in a fun and powerful way,” the source added.
Rihanna made headlines last week when Us Weekly reported the “Wild Thoughts” singer was offered the opportunity to perform at the Super Bowl in Atlanta next year but declined because she backed Kaepernick’s position.
The former San Francisco 49er sat and then kneeled as the National Anthem played beginning in the 2016 NFL season to protest the police violence against Black Americans. Since then, Kaepernick has become a free agent and the NFL has instituted a policy demanding on-the-field players “stand and show respect for the flag and the anthem.” But after some controversy, the policy has been paused.
“She said no because of the kneeling controversy,” the Us Weekly source said of Rih’s decision. “She doesn’t agree with the NFL’s stance.”