Reports about Travis Scott’s Super Bowl LIII halftime show performance are starting to get messy.
The “Sicko Mode” rapper faced criticism over his involvement with this year’s event even before the NFL officially announced him as a performer.
Many believe artists like Scott and Maroon 5 should boycott the Super Bowl after Colin Kaepernick was allegedly blacklisted for his on-field protests against police brutality. But a source told Variety that Scott actually consulted with Kaepernick about the halftime gig.
“A source close to Scott said that while the two did not necessarily agree, they emerged from the conversation with mutual respect and understanding,” the publication wrote.
But now Kaepernick is casting doubt on that reporting. On Tuesday night he retweeted a tweet from Hot 97’s Ebro Darden, who dismissed the notion that the football player had approved the performance.
Scott also reportedly secured a massive donation from the NFL. One of the conditions for Scott to perform was for a $500,000 donation to be made to social justice nonprofit Dream Corps. “I back anyone who takes a stand for what they believe in,” Scott said in a statement announcing his halftime performance.
“I know being an artist that it’s in my power to inspire. So before confirming the Super Bowl Halftime performance, I made sure to partner with the NFL on this important donation,” he continued. “I am proud to support Dream Corps and the work they do that will hopefully inspire and promote change.”
Super Bowl LIII kicks of Feb. 3.