An insider according to Metro stated, “Lots of people have been saying Jay will perform with Justin Timberlake, but it is simply not the case.” Rumor had it, that the NFL had been eyeing Jay-Z among others to perform during the Super Bowl halftime this football season.
The Super Bowl is still one of the most watched televised events of the year drawing in 117.5 million TV viewers in 2017 which saw Lady Gaga perform. Organizers of the sporting event are still searching for someone to perform joining the likes of past artist including Coldplay (2016) , Bruno Mars (2014) , Beyonce (2013) and Katy Perry (2015).
No clear reason was given for the turndown, but many are rumoring that he is doing it in support of Colin Kaepernick. This comes on the heels of Jay showing his support for Colin Kaepernick at the 2017 Meadows Music & Art Festival. During his set on Sept. 15, Jigga dedicated his song “The Story of O.J.” to Kaepernick. “I want to dedicate this song to Colin Kaepernick tonight… I want to dedicate this song to anybody that was held back and you overcame whatever it was,” JAY-Z stated. Kaepernick still remains without a team though many feel and believe he is being blackballed by the league following his national-anthem protest.