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Petition Demanding Maroon 5 Drops Out of the Super Bowl Garners 35,000 Signatures

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Adam Levine of Maroon 5 performs during Philly Fights Cancer: Round 4 at The Philadelphia Navy Yard on Nov. 10, 2018 in Philadelphia.

Just a few weeks after it was revealed that Rihanna turned down the offer to perform at the Super Bowl LIII halftime show, a petition has popped up on the Internet demanding that Maroon 5, who is scheduled to headline, step down. 

The Change.org petition was started by a user named Vic Oyedeji two weeks ago and has already garnered 35,194 signatures. "Until the league changes their policy and support players’ constitutional right to protest, no artists should agree to work with the NFL," the description reads. "Join me in asking Maroon 5 to drop out of the 2019 Super Bowl halftime show."

"The band has a chance to stand on the right side of history," it continues. "If they don’t, they will be remembered for choosing to side with the NFL over its players."  

According to reports, Rihanna declined the offer, as she disagreed with the NFL's stance on Colin Kaepernick taking a knee during the National Anthem. The movement, which caused other players to do the same in solidarity, was started by Kaepernick in 2016 as a symbol of protest against racial injustice in America. The 49ers player has since been exiled from he NFL, remaining a free agent since no team will sign him.

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