Eminem sparked some debate when he took a knee during his Super Bowl LVI halftime performance. Kneeling became a boilerplate issue for conservative culture warriors after former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began the practice of taking a knee during the national anthem to protest racial injustice. Rumors spread far and wide that Eminem was specifically told not to kneel during the show.
The symbolic gesture likely would’ve gone completely unnoticed had certain outlets not spread false info about the knee before the performance. It turns out the NFL knew what Shady planned on doing all along. The league had no problem with Eminem taking a knee.
League spokesperson Brian McCarthy said every detail of the halftime performance was reviewed by the NFL. That includes the part where Eminem took a knee. There was no actual controversy other than the one being falsely reported, according to The Daily Mail.
“[The NFL] watched all elements of the show during multiple rehearsals this week and were aware that Eminem was going to do that.”
The NFL has been including messages speaking out against racial injustice in their programming, on their fields, and on player uniforms since the 2020 season. Colin Kaepernick’s gesture sent shockwaves throughout American society. The resulting protests against racial injustice swept cities from coast to coast.
Eminem has had his share of controversy over the years. Defying the wishes of the NFL was not one of them. This wild theory can finally be put to rest.
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