WASHINGTON — Roger Waters, the co-founder of classic rock icons Pink Floyd, is urging this year’s Super Bowl performers to “take a knee” during Sunday’s half-time show in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick and in protest of police brutality.
“If the USA is to have a future, it is the Colin Kaepernicks of this world who will lead you there,” Waters said in a Facebook post. “In fact, it is Colin Kaepernick who is leading you now.”
Kaepernick previously played for the San Francisco 49ers, but has been unsigned since leaving in 2016.
The former quarterback sparked controversy that year for declining to stand during the National Anthem, first by choosing to sit and then later to kneel in what he said was a show of respect to troops.
Kaepernick has since lead a lawsuit against the National Football League (NFL), arguing that he was essentially blacklisted by the league.
In 2017, President Donald Trump began to lash out at the NFL and players for the kneeling controversy, suggesting that the league should ban players who do so.
After initially approving restrictions on players’ behavior surrounding the anthem, the league abruptly froze it months after it went into place.
Sunday’s performers include pop band Maroon 5, rapper Travis Scott and hip-hop artist Big Boi.
On Tuesday the NFL announced that Maroon 5 canceled a pre-show press conference on the grounds that the performers want the show to speak for them.
The cancellation has sparked speculation that they may have done so in order to avoid questions on Kaepernick.
Frontman Adam Levine largely dismissed concerns earlier this week, telling “Entertainment Tonight” that “it is what it is.”
Waters has been highly political active in recent years, urging a boycott of Israel due to human-rights concerns and featuring provocative anti-Trump imagery during his life performances.