NFL Demands $16.6 Million Over M.I.A.’s Super Bowl Middle Finger
Look - as far as sports entities go - the NFL is terrible, communistic, pathetic, ridiculous, violent, lying, endangering its employees, and mostly - one big giant scam to sell american consumerism (american football players average less than ten minutes of actual playing time a week)
American football is less a sport and more a giant “godaddy.com” commercial
The fact that they are suing M.I.A. for giving the finger does nothing more than serve to prove those points…
M.I.A. is, obviously, not taking this lying down — since September, rumors have circulated that she’s waging a “secret legal war” with the Football Gods. Now, thanks to legal response papers obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, that war is no longer covert: “The continued pursuit of this proceeding is transparently an exercise by NFL intended solely to bully and make an example of [M.I.A.] for daring to challenge NFL,” they read.
From there, shit gets very real:
Such aggressive posturing toward [M.I.A.] stands in marked contrast to how NFL looks the other way and does nothing to sanction its players, the coaching staff of its member teams, and even its team owners for engaging in precisely the sort of conduct it accuses Maya of here (“flipping the bird”), or even dramatically worse conduct.
M.I.A.’s lawyers argue that the notion that the NFL has a “wholesome reputation” is a “false assertion,” pointing to an “long-entrenched, demonstrable” history of “profane, bawdy, lascivious, demeaning and/or unacceptable behavior by its players, team owners, coaching and management personnel, and by performers chosen and endorsed by the NFL to perform its halftime shows.” Not only has the NFL been fully aware that its performers would engage in “salacious” displays in the past — Michael Jackson grabbing his crotch, Prince stroking his guitar neck as though it were an “erect, oversized phallus,” etc. — but it’s also overlooked deplorable behavior from its players and coaches.