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first_imgnews NFL denies it deliberately targeted anthem protester Eric Reid with drug tests NFL Share via Email Since you’re here… Share on LinkedIn Support The Guardian US sports … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Super Bowl Topics Typically one of the most fiercely sought gigs in music, the Super Bowl has this year been the subject of boycott and protest. Numerous acts have turned down the NFL in support of Colin Kaepernick and other players who have knelt during the national anthem in protest of racial injustice.This year’s Super Bowl will be broadcast from Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta by CBS on 3 February.Maroon 5 had been the widely reported act since September, but the NFL did not confirm the band as its headliner until Sunday. The league said Maroon 5 would be joined by Big Boi, the Atlanta-based rapper from Outkast, and Scott.Gerald Griggs, vice-president of the Atlanta chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, has said the NAACP asked performers who have signed up to reconsider their participation. More than 84,000 have signed an online petition urging Maroon 5 to withdraw “until the league changes their policy and support players’ constitutional right to protest”. Billboard reported that Scott, who reportedly signed on in December, only agreed to perform if the NFL made a joint donation to an organization fighting for social justice. With the NFL, Scott made a $500,000 donation to Van Jones’ Dream Corps. Read morecenter_img Share on Messenger Colin Kaepernick Share on Facebook US politics Share on WhatsApp The NFL on Sunday ended months of uncertainty by officially announcing Maroon 5 and the rappers Big Boi and Travis Scott as the performers for this year’s Super Bowl halftime show. Protest Race Reuse this content Share on Pinterest Share on Twitterlast_img

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