- The Washington Times - Sunday, February 4, 2018

Good news for other music stars hoping to do a Super Bowl halftime show — the competition got thinner this weekend.

Rapper Cardi B said at Maxim’s Super Bowl party in Minneapolis that she would not perform unless Colin Kaepernick, who started the trend of kneeling during the national anthem, is on an NFL roster.

Outside the party, TMZ accosted the Bronx-based rapper born Belcalis Almanzar and asked when she might perform.

“When they hire Colin Kaepernick,” she replied, mispronouncing the name of the man she said she is boycotting on behalf of, pronouncing it like KAY-per-nick.

Mr. Kaepernick went unsigned during this past NFL season after opting out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers. He had been the first player to sit during the “Star-Spangled Banner” during the previous year, saying “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.”

This isn’t the first time Cardi B has boosted Kaepernick. At the MTV Video Music Awards last summer, while her No. 1 hit “Bodak Yellow” was on the charts, she said, “Colin Kaepernick, as long as you kneel with us, we’re gonna be standing for you, baby.”

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