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Posted: January 31, 2019

Super Bowl 53: Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters urges Maroon 5 to take a knee during halftime show

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By Shelby Lin Erdman, Cox Media Group National Content Desk


Musician Roger Waters is urging Maroon 5 to take a knee onstage during the group’s halftime show at Super Bowl 53 Sunday in Atlanta.

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The former bassist for the legendary rock band Pink Floyd released a video of his band kneeling onstage after their show in Hartford, Connecticut, in September of 2017.

“We did it in solidarity with San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s gesture of protest against the endemic racism and often deadly force meted out by police departments across this land,” Waters said in a statement accompanying the video.

Waters called Kaepernick “an American hero,” and said it’s the Kaepernicks of the world who will lead the U.S. in the future.

Maroon 5, Travis Scott and Big Boi are performing during the Super Bowl halftime show Sunday.

“I call on them to ‘take a knee’ onstage in full sight. I call upon them to do it in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick, to do it for every child shot to death on these mean streets, to do it for every bereaved mother and father and brother and sister,” Waters said.

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Kaepernick was the first pro athlete to take a knee during the national anthem at NFL games beginning in 2016 in protest over police brutality, and racial and social injustice.

Kaepernick, although a better quarterback than many of his peers, was not re-signed by San Francisco or any other team after the 2017 season. But after his protests, dozens of other athletes joined him in kneeling during the national anthem.

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Colin Kaepernick receives the SI Muhammad Ali Legacy Award during SPORTS ILLUSTRATED 2017 Sportsperson of the Year Show on December 5, 2017 at Barclays Center in New York City.


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