INGLEWOOD, Calif.—Rap icon Eminem took a knee during the Super Bowl halftime performance Sunday, a gesture that echoed the protests launched by Colin Kaepernick against racial injustice that roiled the National Football League for years.
Eminem’s gesture, midway through America’s most-watched television event, came at a particularly sensitive moment for the NFL after a recently fired coach sued the league and several teams over alleged racial discrimination in its hiring practices.
The halftime show during the game between the Los Angeles Rams and Cincinnati Bengals, which the Rams were leading 13-10, featured an array of hip-hop acts. In addition to Eminem, legends such as Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Mary J. Blige, and Kendrick Lamar performed.
After performing his song “Lose Yourself,” Eminem took an extended knee with his head bowed.
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