Chris Brown, who was sentenced to five years of probation for assaulting his then-girlfriend Rihanna the night before the 2009 Grammy Awards, told MTV News what he would say to former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice — or anyone “dealing with issues of domestic violence.”
The video was posted not long after CBS dumped plans to open its Thursday NFL game with Don Cheadle narration over the Jay-Z tune “Run This Town” sung by Rihanna. The league announced it earlier this month that the song had been licensed for use during Thursday night NFL games, saying, “CBS Sports and NFL Network will open each game of Thursday Night Football in 2014 with Jay-Z’s Grammy Award-winning song, ‘Run This Town’ featuring megastar Rihanna.”
Rihanna is among the music performers reportedly in talks with the NFL about performing at the Super Bowl Halftime Show. She also is maybe one of the best known survivors of domestic violence — famously becoming a no-show for CBS’ own broadcast of the Grammys in 2009 because of injuries she sustained after attending a pre-Grammy party with Brown.
Several media outlets weighed in on the idea of using a track featuring Rihanna before CBS scrubbed that plan, calling it particularly tone-deaf given that the game featured the Baltimore Ravens — the team for which Rice worked until he was cut this week after TMZ released the tape showing him knocking out his then-fiancee in a casino elevator back in February. He remains on indefinite suspension from the NFL.