It has been rumored that the NFL wants Justin Timberlake and JAY-Z to perform at Super Bowl 52 on February 4, 2018. But if reports that have surfaced today are true, the league will have to look for another partner for Timberlake because Hov has thrown up a stop sign.
The Metro quotes remarks made by an insider to The Sun newspaper regarding JAY’s lack of interest in the event. “Lots of people have been saying Jay will perform with Justin Timberlake, but it is simply not the case,” the insider says. “He has enough songs to create an incredible performance but he really has no plans to do the half-time show.” On Friday, September 15, JAY showed support for out of work NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, by dedicating the song “The Story of O.J.” to him during a concert in New York City.
“I want to dedicate this song to anybody that was held back and you overcame whatever it was,” Hov told the crowd. Despite being more talented than a lot of QB’s playing in the league, Kaepernick, has not been picked up by a team. Many believe he’s being blackballed because he protested police brutality in America by kneeling during the National Anthem last season.
JAY’s wife Beyonce received backlash following her halftime performance at Super Bowl 50 in 2016. The singer was criticized for being too political with her dedication to the Black Panther Party and for supporting Black Lives Matter. Whether or not those are the reasons JAY-Z turned down the NFL’s invite may never be known, but the NFL is certainly not used to being rejected by artists receiving an opportunity to perform at the world’s biggest sporting event.