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Colin Kaepernick thanked Rihanna for boycotting the Super Bowl.

This year's Super Bowl is facing controversy over the NFL's handling of player protests, with many celebrities boycotting the big game to support former National Football League quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

When it was first announced that this year's Super Bowl halftime performer would be Maroon 5 - a choice so bland, it made 2016's halftime headliner, Coldplay, seem like GG Allin by comparison - the news was met with a collective yawn.

"I will not be a spectator, viewer or supporter of the Super Bowl today in protest of the NFL's racist treatment of Kaepernick and its ongoing disregard for the health and well-being of all its players".

It's been nearly three years since Colin Kaepernick has played in the league, but his message can still be seen and heard from the people who have his back.

Kaepernick, 31, has had his career derailed following his 2016 decision to kneel during the pre-game USA national anthem to highlight racial injustice and police brutality.

While the "Anti" singer has yet to confirm she was approached for the halftime show, rapper Cardi B revealed she turned down the opportunity in solidarity with Kaepernick and the way he "stood up" for minorities.

Entertainers set to perform at the Super Bowl in Atlanta include, from left: Adam Levine of Maroon 5, Travis Scott, Big Boi and Gladys Knight, are facing criticism for taking part.

"SAME", tweeted actress Jodie Turner-Smith in response to DuVernay.

The last Patriots Super Bowl parade drew over 1 million people, so fans will have their work cut out for them. Williams says he doesn't think it's a coincidence that the removal coincided with the game. "They offered it to her, but she said no because of the kneeling controversy".

One commuter ferry to Boston was packed with young people skipping school for the parade, some with their parents and many wearing blue, red or white Patriots jerseys bearing the names of stars Brady and Edelman. "They feel mighty fearless nowadays".