NFL Demanding $16.6 Million From M.I.A. For Middle Finger Scandal

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By: Adelle Platon / March 17, 2014

The ongoing battle between M.I.A. and the NFL continues.

During her 2012 Superbowl XLVI halftime performance with Madonna, M.I.A put up her middle finger while performing “Give Me All Your Luvin'”. The football league demanded $1.5 million from the “Paper Planes” rapper for breaching her performance contract and tarnishing its goodwill and reputation.

Now the NFL is taking it up a notch, adding $15.1 million to their claim for restitution. According to THR, the leagues says the total $16.6 million is equivalent to the value of public exposure she received during her two-minute performance and is based on what advertisers would have paid to have ads aired during that time.

M.I.A. then issued a response Friday, saying, “The claim for restitution lacks any basis in law, fact, or logic.”

The latest arbitration papers for the Sri Lankan artist go into the “profane, bawdy, lascivious, demeaning and/or unacceptable behavior by its players, team owners, coaching and management personnel and by performers chosen and endorsed by NFL to perform in its halftime shows.”

Read the full report here.