When approached by TMZ on Wednesday, Common shared his thoughts on Scott’s involvement with the Super Bowl and the NFL as a whole. “I ain’t with supporting — the NFL don’t really support black people. They’re not really supporting Kaepernick.”
Colin Kaepernick is a former NFL quarterback who has been without a team since 2016, when he began kneeling during the national anthem as a protest against social injustice in America.
“When I say they don’t support black people, they not supporting, like, Kaepernick said he was standing up for people who were being shot down — black and brown people,” Common continued to the TMZ cameras. “The NFL basically blackballed him. They’ve shown how they feel about us, for real. I respect the NFL players, but the owners, man, they ain’t shown nothing.”
The TMZ cameraman then asked directly about Scott’s agreement to perform at the Super Bowl, and Common started his response by making clear: “I love Travis Scott, but I really don’t want us supporting none of that stuff, and I respect Rihanna — more than anything, I respect people like Rihanna who said they ain’t gonna support that. But, you know, Travis [is] doing what he gotta do. … I feel like, man, I wish he wouldn’t.”
Before entering his gym, Common’s parting words were, “All I know is I’m supporting Kaepernick.”
Rihanna is among artists who reportedly turned down the opportunity to perform during Super Bowl halftime, with sources stating that RiRi’s refusal was linked to a disagreement over the NFL’s stance on kneeling and Kaepernick.
As for Scott, the rapper said in an official statement on Sunday that he would not agree to the Super Bowl until the NFL agreed to make a joint donation with him to an important cause. His full statement reads: “I back anyone who takes a stand for what they believe in. 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.”
Scott’s donation is not enough for many people, as a petition asking Scott, Maroon 5 and Big Boi to take a knee during their performance has amassed 86,300-plus signatures and counting.