The NFL has announced that Super Bowl LIII halftime show performer Maroon 5 will not participate in the traditional pre-game press conference.
It is usually custom for headliners to speak to the press, but following the controversy surrounding the NFL boycotts, they have decided to sit this one out.
A statement released by the NFL reads:
Maroon 5 has been working hard on a Pepsi Super Bowl LIII Halftime Show that will meet and exceed the standards of this event. As it is about music, the artists will let their show do the talking as they prepare to take the stage this Sunday. Starting with the Pepsi Super Bowl LIII Halftime Show announcement, we began a cross-platform rollout of behind-the-scenes footage and content from each of the halftime performers. Instead of hosting a press conference, this social and digital media rollout will continue through Sunday across our owned and operated media assets as well as through the platforms of the artists.
Performers have come under fire for choosing to participate in the event in following the blacklisting of 49ers quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, who took a knee during the national anthem in protest against police brutality and racial injustice.
Many think the band has chosen to opt out to avoid awkward questions surrounding the blacklisting of Kap.