Collaboration with Jay Z and Kanye West was dropped by US network following footage released of player Ray Rice allegedly assaulting his fiancé
Rihanna‘s ‘Run This Town’ will no longer be used as part of the CBS coverage of NFL games after the singer criticised the network for temporarily dropping the track amid a domestic abuse scandal involving American footballer Ray Rice.
The singer claimed that she was being penalised by the American TV network, which previously used her 2009 collaboration with Jay-Z as the official music for their NFL coverage. However, the song was dropped prior to the game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Baltimore Ravens last week (September 11) after Baltimore player Ray Rice was released following footage of him assaulting his fiancé in a hotel lift emerged.
Rice was released by his team and CBS confirmed that they would not use Rihanna’s music prior to the game involving his former team. CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus said at the time the decision was made because the company “needed to have the appropriate tone and coverage.”
Tweeting yesterday, Rihanna, who was also the victim of domestic abuse after being assaulted by Chris Brown in 2009, implied that CBS was looking to reintroduce the song to its coverage and made her feelings known. “CBS, you pulled my song last week, now you wanna slide it back in this Thursday? No, fuck you!” she tweeted.
CBS subsequently announced that they were “moving in a different direction” and will not use the song in any of their future NFL coverage.