Although there were reports that rapper Cardi B would be performing during the Super Bowl halftime show, the entertainer spoke out and explained why she turned down the offer.
In an interview with the Associated Press, Cardi B said that she made the decision to opt out of the performance in support of Colin Kaepernick.
“I got to sacrifice a lot of money to perform,” said Cardi B. “But there’s a man who sacrificed his job for us, so we got to stand behind him.”
She said that it was a difficult decision for her husband and fellow rapper Offset but the couple wanted to stand with the former quarterback who is known for kneeling during the national anthem.
“My husband, he loves football. His kids play football. It’s really hard for him,” said the rapper. “He really wants to go to the Super Bowl, but he can’t go to the Super Bowl, because he’s got to stand for something,”
Cardi B addressed the issue of racism, placing blame on President Donald Trump for the division over the national anthem.
“When they see (how) the choices they made due to racism has affected the country, that’s when things are going to start changing,” Cardi B said. “Right now, they don’t want to accept that their decision has affected the country.”