Maroon 5‘s Super Bowl 2019 press conference has been canceled.
On Tuesday, the NFL released a statement saying they want the band’s halftime show to speak for itself.
The statement read:
“Maroon 5 has been working hard on a Pepsi Super Bowl LIII Halftime Show that will meet and exceed the standards of this event. As it is about music, the artists will let their show do the talking as they prepare to take the stage this Sunday. Starting with the Pepsi Super Bowl LIII Halftime Show announcement, we began a cross-platform rollout of behind-the-scenes footage and content from each of the halftime performers. Instead of hosting a press conference, this social and digital media rollout will continue through Sunday across our owned and operated media assets as well as through the platforms of the artists.”
That same day, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America announced on Twitter that they received a $500,000 donation from the football organization, the Girls Like You pop rock band, and Interscope Records.
Several stars — including Rihanna and Kelly Rowland — have criticized the professional American football league over the alleged treatment of Colin Kaepernick, who was the first NFL player to kneel during the national anthem to protest police brutality and racial inequality.
The group — led by Adam Levine — will be joined on stage by Big Boi and Travis Scott, whose contract included a $500,000 donation to CNN contributor Van Jones‘ charity, Dream Corps.
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