Towards the end of the halftime performance at Super Bowl LVI, Eminem was onstage with Dr. Dre and suddenly dropped to a knee and bowed his head. It was a calculated move to pay homage to Colin Kaepernick, the quarterback blackballed by the NFL for taking a knee during the national anthem to protest police brutality.
The league was apparently “aware” that Em was going to make the gesture–it denies that, though–but they couldn’t have been pleased with what they saw.
The NFL didn’t want Dre to use the line in “Still D.R.E.” that goes “still not loving police.” He kept that in. Oh, and the NFL thought that Snoop’s outfit looked too “gang-related.”
Halftime performers 3, NFL 0.