Travis Scott reportedly spoke with Colin Kaepernick before agreeing to perform at this year’s Super Bowl LIII halftime show.
Variety reports that Scott and Kaepernick had “at least one” phone conversation and that, “while the two did not necessarily agree,” they had a “mutual respect and understanding.” Since the report was published, however, Kaepernick and his close circle of friends have made clear that any suggestions that he gave the performance his blessing are false.
Radio host and friend of Kaepernick, Ebro Darden, tweeted, “Kap did not approve this bullshit! Get the fuck outta here.” Kaepernick appeared to confirm that by retweeting Ebro’s post.
Kap’s girlfriend, Nessa Diab, also approved of Ebro’s Tweet.
The official NFL Twitter account made the announcement that Scott will perform alongside fellow rapper Big Boi and pop band Maroon 5 on Monday.
According to numerous reports prior to the announcement, friends and collaborators of Scott were trying to talk him out of the performance because of the NFL’s treatment of Kaepernick and other players who have taken a knee during the national anthem in protest of racial injustice.
However, in a statement made shortly after the announcement, Scott said he has agreed to perform under the condition that the NFL make a $500,000 donation to the social justice group Dream Corps. “I back anyone who takes a stand for what they believe in,” Scott said. “I know being an artist that it’s in my power to inspire. So before confirming the Super Bowl halftime performance, I made sure to partner with the NFL on this important donation. I am proud to support Dream Corps and the work they do that will hopefully inspire and promote change.”
Meanwhile, the 1 million people who signed a petition for SpongeBob Squarepants to perform at the show will be excited to see a brief glimpse of the character in a video posted on Maroon 5’s Twitter page, hinting at a surprise appearance.
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