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48K Sign Petition Urging Maroon 5 to Turn Down Super Bowl

Because of NFL's treatment of Colin Kaepernick
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 19, 2018 6:30 PM CST
Adam Levine, left, and James Valentine of Maroon 5 perform at the iHeartRadio album release party with Maroon 5 on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, in Burbank, Calif.   (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

(Newser) – Thousands of people are not on board with Maroon 5 headlining the Super Bowl halftime show. At least 48,541 people, to be exact. That's how many people, as of this writing, had signed a Change.org petition asking the band to drop out of the performance. But no, not because they have anything against the band. Rather, the petition claims that Rihanna turned down the opportunity to perform because she supports Colin Kaepernick, and Maroon 5 should do the same. "Kaepernick risked his career to take a knee for equality, and the NFL punished him for it. Until the league changes their policy and support players’ constitutional right to protest, no artists should agree to work with the NFL," the petition reads. Maroon 5 has yet to officially confirm the rumor that it is this season's halftime headliner, Us reports. (Read more Maroon 5 stories.)

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