Rihanna’s Thursday Night Football Theme Replaced With Ray Rice Coverage
BY: John “Hennry” Harris
I never expected the Ray Rice fallout to be as wide as it has been. Ray Rice and the handling of the incident by the NFL
Roger Goodell has thrust the topic of domestic abuse and domestic violence to the forefront of the American psyche and has the NFL in a public relations nightmare.
Domestic violence is such an issue for the NFL right now that CBS has decided to pull the plug on the pre-game show song, Run This Town featuring Rihanna and narration by Don Cheadle.The celebratory theme song will be replaced with a discussion of Roger Goodell’s recent comments about the Ray Rice incident.
CBS Sports announces that they’ve pulled an opening act featuring a Rihanna song for tonight’s Ravens-Steelers game http://t.co/hlz4oVJwEC
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) September 11, 2014
A report from CBS This Morning anchor Norah O’Donnell, the same reporter who interviewed NFL commissioner Roger Goodell after the now-infamous video of Ray Rice surfaced. O’Donnell and James Brown will be on set in Baltimore covering all of the news regarding the Rice situation that has been released during the week.
“We thought journalistically and from a tone standpoint, we needed to have the appropriate tone and coverage. A lot of the production elements we wanted in the show are being eliminated because of time or tone.” (SportsIllustrated)
Not overreacting??!! CBS is turning my Thursday Night Football (#TNF) into TMZ ! It even makes me wonder if they decided to pull Rihanna from the segment because she too was abused by Chris Brown in 2009. Appropriate tone??! Run This Town with Rihanna and Don Cheadle is what I need to help set the tone of this great match up tonight.
The NFL has appointed former director of the FBI, Robert S. Mueller III, to launch an independent investigation into the league’s handling of the Ray Rice case, more specifically if the league had previously viewed the elevator tape, and although NFL executives, including the owner of the NFL state that they are standing by Goodell and that his job is not in danger – and you took Rihanna away from us tonight – it appears that Goodell is lobbying for his job!!
Maybe former Philadelphia Eagle running back Brian Westbrook had it right:
$$$ will decide Goodell’s fate. When the marketing $$ stop coming in things change. When the players like the NBA take a stand things change
— Brian Westbrook (@36westbrook) September 10, 2014
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