NFL Show Ditches Rihanna Song Over Ray Rice Case

CBS tones down its pregame coverage
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 11, 2014 7:13 PM CDT
NFL Show Ditches Rihanna Song Over Ray Rice Case
Rihanna attends the Edun Spring/Summer 2015 fashion show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week on Sept. 7, 2014, in New York City.   (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)

CBS begins its Thursday night NFL broadcasts tonight, but the Ray Rice case has caused some last-minute alterations. The changes include eliminating a pregame segment with the song "Run This Town" featuring Rihanna. The singer's own history of violence involving Chris Brown was one of several factors involved in cutting the song, but not the overriding factor, says CBS Sports chief Sean McManus. The network wanted to make time for a segment on Rice and domestic violence and give the game coverage a more "subdued" tone, he says. A spokesman for the NFL Network, which will simulcast the game, says the song will be back next week, reports CNN. (Read more NFL stories.)

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