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NFL claims they were ‘aware’ Eminem would take the knee at Super Bowl

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The Super Bowl halftime show on Sunday 13 February was a spectacular moment for music. Hip-hop mogul Dr Dre, was joined by Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg, 50 Cent and Mary J Blige on the stage for the performance. 

At the end of his set, Grammy award-winning rapper Eminem took the knee. Speaking to Associated Press, the National Football League (NFL) threw cold water on claims that they were unaware about the move. 

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EMINEM TAKES THE KNEE AT THE SUPER BOWL 

Eminem was the fifth artist to take the stage at the Super Bowl halftime show at the SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles. The 49-year-old rapper performed his Grammy award-winning single Lose Yourself and took the knee moments after his performance. 

Taking the knee is a gesture that brings issues of racial inequality and police brutality in the United States to the fore. The first person to take the knee was American football player Colin Kaepernick in September 2016. 

Eminem was praised for taking the knee after his performance by fans. One Twitter user wrote: “Kudos to Eminem for taking a knee in solidarity with Kaepernick during the Super Bowl halftime show.”

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NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE RESPONDS 

Speaking to Associated Press, NFL spokesperson Brian McCarthy denied claims that the football league tried to stop Eminem from taking the knee during the performance. 

“We watched all elements of the show during multiple rehearsals this week and were aware that Eminem was going to do that,” said McCarthy. 

McCarthy also told USA Today that if a player or coach had done the same, there would be no repercussions. 

“So there was no reason to tell an artist she or he could not do so,” he added. 

DR DRE ON SUPER BOWL HALFTIME CHANGES 

Speaking to TMZ, Dr Dre said there were some things they had to change for their Super Bowl halftime show, but they were “minor”. 

On Eminem taking the knee at the end of his performance, the hip-hop mogul said: 

“Em taking a knee, that was Em doing that on his own. There was no problem with that.”

Dr Dre added that the NFL had an issue with Kendrick Lamar’s lyric: “If Prius and Crips” from his single Maad city

“They had a problem with that so we had to take that out. No big deal.”

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