NFL Super Bowl Halftime show The Weeknd arrest punch police

Four years ago, pop superstar Beyonce gave a notoriously anti-police performance at the 2016 Super Bowl. Now, it appears that the NFL is continuing this anti-police trend by choosing R&B artist The Weeknd, who once punched a police officer, to perform the Super Bowl Halftime show in 2021. 

NFL Announces The Weeknd Will Perform At Super Bowl

The NFL announced this week that Grammy Award-winning artist The Weeknd will be performing the halftime show at the Super Bowl next year.

He also took to Twitter to announce the news, posting a photo of himself along with the caption, “performing on the iconic stage. see you 02/07/21.”

“We all grow up watching the world’s biggest acts playing the Super Bowl and one can only dream of being in that position. I’m humbled, honored and ecstatic to be the center of that infamous stage this year,” The Weeknd said, according to NBC News.

“In less than a decade, The Weeknd has amassed a global fanbase, become a multi-award winning artist, and recently, was named one of the most influential people of 2020 by Time Magazine,” the NFL said in a statement

The league added The Weeknd is “one of today’s most compelling and significant artists of a generation.”

The Weeknd Arrested For Punching A Police Officer

The Weeknd was born Abel Makkonen Tesfaye in Toronto, Canada. He’s best known for his hit song “Blinding Lights”.

The NFL is conveniently ignoring the fact that The Weeknd was arrested for punching a police officer in Las Vegas, Nevada back in January 2015. 

“Police came to the Cromwell Hotel around [4:20 a.m.] on 10 January to find Tesfaye involved in a fight. They intervened, pulling Tesfaye into an elevator, where he punched an officer,” reported the U.K. Guardian.

“He was taken to jail, and later bailed, and was charged with battery of a protected person.”

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Tesfaye managed to avoid any jail time for this horrific crime by taking a plea deal that involved completing 50 hours of community service, paying $1,000 to a fund for injured police officers and having to undergo alcohol evaluation.

He also had to complete an anger management course.

The NFL Should Not Be Having The Weeknd Perform

While we’ve all made mistakes, few of us can say we’ve made this kind of mistake. Not many of us would physically assault someone – let alone a uniformed police officer. 

But, of course, this is the same professional sports league whose players are donning helmets with the names of alleged police brutality victims. While not of every player fell in line, the league’s intentions were clear.

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The NFL drew a line in the sand this year and now they’re giving their biggest international stage to someone who admittedly assaulted a cop. A first responder who selflessly put theirs life on the line to protect the rest of us every day.

Isn’t it ironic that the NFL will emblazon helmets with the names of citizens they feel were wronged by police just to then turn around and elevate a celebrity with a record of assaulting police.

The fact that the NFL has turned a blind eye to this man’s past to gift him the coveted role of headlining the halftime show at the Super Bowl speaks volumes about the radically leftwing direction the league has gone in recent months. 

It’s high time the NFL check their priorities.

A league that puts criminals before police and kneeling before the flag has no place in the hearts and homes of America. 

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