M.I.A Says Jay-Z Urged Her To Sign ‘Ridiculous’ Super Bowl Settlement

The singer has spoken about the legal battle with the NFL following her half time performance at the Super Bowl in 2012


M.I.A has opened up about life after the infamous 2012 Super Bowl halftime performance where she flipped off the camera. Following the incident, the NFL filed a lawsuit claiming $16.6 million (£11.8 million) in damages before both sides reached  settlement in 2014.

Four years on from the settlement, M.I.A has revealed that it was her former manager Jay-Z who encouraged her to sign it:

“If you’re talking about racism and sexism, that moment in my life showed the cracks in everyone I knew. I was at Roc Nation at the time and Jay Z was managing me. The lawsuit was so ridiculous, it proposed that they would keep one hundred percent of my earnings for the rest of my life if I ever earned more than $2 million dollars. Jay-Z was, like, ‘you should sign that shit’ and I was, like, ‘no.’” The singer revealed in an interview with Huck Magazine.

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M.I.A performing at the Super Bowl alongside Nicki Minaj and Madonna in 2012

M.I.A. went on to say she is “completely over the whole incident,” but still feels frustrated about the controversy:

“A middle finger, it’s like get a fucking grip. People were like, ‘Oh you’re lucky you’re not in jail, give up all your profit, be this slave for the rest of your life.’” She said.

Following the performance, The Federal Communications Commission received a total of 222 complaints. Afterwards, the NFL and broadcaster NBC apologised, with the former writing in a statement: “The obscene gesture in the performance was completely inappropriate, very disappointing, and we apologise to our fans.”

No details on the terms of the settlement were released by either party.

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