Maroon 5 Scrap Pre-Super Bowl Press Conference


Maroon 5 have scrapped a planned pre-Super Bowl press conference, because the band is too busy preparing for its halftime performance.
The group was scheduled to meet the media and address criticism over their decision to headline the show amid a race controversy surrounding the National Football League on Wednesday, but the event has been canceled.
“Maroon 5 has been working hard on a Pepsi Super Bowl LIII Halftime Show that will meet and exceed the standards of this event,” a statement from the NFL reads. “As it is about music, the artists will let their show do the talking as they prepare to take the stage this Sunday.”
Prior to the news of the press conference cancellation, NFL bosses and Maroon 5 announced they would be making a large charitable donation ahead of the Super Bowl.
The rockers have faced a barrage of criticism for signing on for the high-profile gig instead of passing on the opportunity to protest NFL chiefs’ treatment of quarterback Colin Kaepernick, whose career has been derailed following his decision to kneel during the pre-game U.S. National Anthem to highlight racial injustice and police brutality.
He has remained unsigned ever since his San Francisco 49ers contract came to an end in 2017.
Rihanna, who was reportedly the NFL’s first choice for the 2019 headliner, is said to have rejected the deal to show her support for Kaepernick, while Maroon 5’s Girls Like You collaborator Cardi B recently revealed she had turned down the chance to join the band onstage at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia on Sunday to stand in solidarity with the athlete too.
The group subsequently recruited rappers Travis Scott and Big Boi as special guests for the Super Bowl, although the Sicko Mode star announced he only agreed to perform if NFL officials agreed to join him in donating $500,000 to a cause promoting social justice.
Maroon 5 followed Travis’ lead and have pledged the same amount to the Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, which provides mentorship for disadvantaged kids.
“Playing the Super Bowl has been a dream of our band for a long time,” frontman Adam Levine tells in a statement. “We thank the NFL for the opportunity and also to them, along with Interscope Records, for making this donation to Big Brothers Big Sisters, which will have a major impact for children across the country.”