Nelly, who performed at the Super Bowl in 2001 and 2004, said that he doesn’t see the issue with performing at the game since NFL owners don’t get paid for the halftime performance.
“I don’t see the big deal on people upset about who’s performing at halftime, because, what people have to understand, if you’re really against the NFL, the halftime show is not what you should be concerned about,” he told TMZ‘s cameras at LAX. “If you’re watching the NFL, if you’re supporting your team, that’s how [NFL owners] get paid. They don’t get paid through the halftime show.”
The topic of Colin Kaepernick reportedly expressing disappointment in Travis Scott for agreeing to perform came up in conversation. Reports initially stated that Scott consulted with Kaepernick about performing, but the NFL free agent reportedly never said he was okay with him performing. Nelly said that the former 49ers quarterback has his own reasons for being upset, but that doesn’t negate the fact that halftime show doesn’t generate money for the owners.
“I wouldn’t say that he has a point in the sense of… I mean, [Kaep] has his own reasons. But again, if you watch the NFL every Sunday, you support your team, that’s how they make their money,” he continues. “If you’re trying to make a stand against the NFL, you should probably not watch it on Sunday or you should not go to the games … the halftime show is irrelevant.”