Report: Jay-Z Attempting to Talk Travis Scott Out of Super Bowl 53 Halftime Show

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistDecember 20, 2018

FILE - In this Jan. 27, 2018, file photo, honoree Jay-Z speaks onstage at the 2018 Pre-Grammy Gala And Salute To Industry Icons at the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel in New York. Jay-Z must explain why he's dodging a subpoena rather than answering questions related to a financial investigation of a consumer brand company that bought his Rocawear clothing line, a judge says. In an order made public Thursday, May 3, U.S. District Judge Paul G. Gardephe instructed the performer and entrepreneur, whose birth name is Shawn Carter, to appear in a New York courtroom next Tuesday to explain himself. (Photo by Michael Zorn/Invision/AP, File)
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Travis Scott's performance with Maroon 5 during halftime of Super Bowl LIII may not be a sure thing.

After TMZ Sports reported the rapper will join Adam Levine's band on stage, Jem Aswad and Shirley Halperin of Variety reported Jay-Z is attempting to convince Scott not to perform.

Aswad and Halperin pointed to Jay-Z's previous criticism of the NFL because former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has not been offered a job since he opted out of his contract following the 2016 season, when he began protesting racial injustice and police violence during the national anthem.

This comes after Us Weekly cited a source who said Maroon 5 "is having a lot of trouble finding guests" to join them because "no one wants to associate themselves with the NFL" with Kaepernick still on the sideline.

The source said Cardi B has "been going back and forth" about performing, while Aswad and Halperin noted: "For weeks, Maroon 5 had been struggling to find a black act to take the stage with them, according to Variety's sources, with Cardi B, Outkast, Usher, Lauryn Hill, Nicki Minaj said to be in talks with the group; Mary J. Blige and Rihanna are said to have declined."

Kaepernick was the first NFL player to protest by kneeling during the anthem and filed a collusion grievance against the league's owners in 2017.

Despite being just 31 years old and featuring a Super Bowl appearance on his resume, Kaepernick hasn't played for an NFL team since the 2016 campaign.

He threw for 16 touchdowns and four interceptions in 12 games during that season.