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Rihanna's Song Pulled from CBS Thursday Night Football Intro

Rihanna's Song Pulled from CBS Thursday Night Football Intro

Rihanna was previously announced as the new artist to be featured in the CBS Thursday Night Football intro, but her song won’t be part of tonight’s first airing of the season.

The 26-year-old singer’s song “Run This Town” with Jay Z was set to kick off the evening alongside a comedic segment featuring Don Cheadle doing a narration. Instead, tonight’s airing will feature a discussion of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell‘s comments on the Ray Rice scandal.

“We thought journalistically and from a tone standpoint, we needed to have the appropriate tone coverage,” CBS Sports Chairman Sean McManus said in a statement.

Tonight’s game features the Baltimore Ravens, the team Ray Rice used to play for, and fans didn’t think it was appropriate for Rihanna to be associated with the game as she is a victim of domestic violence herself.

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  • tick

    That made no sense whatsoever.

  • Gretchen

    Not sure why she should be penalized for being a victim of domestic abuse…if it was Chris Brown that’d be totally understandable

  • Jay

    It’s Jay Z’s song. She features.

  • mmm

    Wait. What.

  • Theresa

    @Gretchen: Exactly. F U CBS.

  • Dawn

    Yeah I think they’re getting a little confused, and not sure how to handle this whole situation. It doesn’t really make sense to punish the victim of domestic violence. Should Rihanna have to carry around the title of “victim” her whole life? I think not.

  • Jan

    she’s a bad example. Rihanna is always naked and rubbing her crotch. i’m not surprised..

  • mekaela

    It’s pure racism the NFL hates women period. Black women I guess
    Taylor Swift and their white women they want to represent I’m done with cbs

  • Yulia

    She will plagiarise her whole musical career to post pictures of herself naked or simply walk around live without underwear.

  • Low

    Why would they want a former drug dealer & pimp and a almost stripper introing a network sports show.. That’s tacky , ghetto culture should be left them, just cause they have low expectations, no need to be infecting the rest of society.

  • Really though

    Really, Jared? You do know who’s album the song is on, right? Would it kill you to write that it’s JAY Z’s SONG???

  • anonymous

    She’s a bully. She attacks her fans, other celebs, and she attacked CB. She is no role model and definitely no DV victim. More like an instigating sk*ank stripper.

  • Erin

    Lol.. You people are ridiculous , ” pure racism ” because they decided not to use a song , if they are racist why would they have picked to use the song in the first place, but who needs logic when your only answer to everything is the race card and playing the victim.

  • Ratchet

    Rihanna’s so ratchet and JayZ so ugly both their music sucks, so not surprised they changed their mind.

  • Just play the game

    Why bring up Ray Rice let’s get all the wives that were at the end of a fist bet there are more than just her when are we going to see the bruises on Ray Rices wife’s face ! Can not see it because there weren’t any! She was probably drunk and seeing the video 2,000 times! Why be so mean where are the other police reports? Where were the security guards watching this video, laughing as she is being dragged out! They should be charged too! SECURITY GUARDS should of called the police and had him arrested! Why ruin the first game for the RAVENS by playing Ray Rice. Just play the game and have fun,

  • Mia

    They probably did testing and it turned off viewers, that songs cr*p , viewers were probably ” what is this BET, thought this CBS sports show.”

  • janet

    agree, would have been a mistake to have her song featured. probably ever. get a person with morals to sing the NFL songs and etc.

  • ChrisBrown

    Chris Brown beat the s*** out of this cow and she still let’s him pound her. Sk@nk deserved it.

  • NFL

    The epitome of morality…

  • malii

    chris brown is an ugly piece of shit,I just don’t get what she sees in him.and Rihanna was the victim she should not be punished like wtf

  • mina

    wow a lot of ugly haters here today,i woudnt be surprised if all the hate comments were from the same person.you seems so bitter toward this black successful woman.hope you find happiness soon

  • farihe

    Rihanna is a very strong woman ,you can say all sh*t about her but do not have any idea about all the pain she suffered both physically and emotionally and I bet everyone who blames her for going back to chris does not know how an abusive relationship works.they all say the same that they have changed and sh*t but its all a trick aside from the fact that Rihanna was madly in love with him.she does not deserve all the hate.I really admire her and I hope she continues to be the strong successful woman that she is now