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Why Rihanna’s Song Was Pulled From Last Night’s Ravens VS Steelers Game



In the wake of the Ray Rice scandal, Thursday night’s Baltimore Ravens vs Pittsburgh Steelers game was set to be one of the most watched games this season. If you tuned in, you probably noticed two things: 1. How strong the Ravens played and 2. Rihanna’s voice was missing from the pregame show.

RihRih’s track “Run This Town” was set to be featured during last night’s game, but CBS pulled the plug because they didn’t want to feature the singer who too was the victim of a high profile domestic violence case.

“It’s important to realize we are not overreacting to this story but it is as big a story as has faced the NFL,” CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus said. “We thought journalistically and from a tone standpoint, we needed to have the appropriate tone and coverage. A lot of the production elements we wanted in the show are being eliminated because of time or tone.”

The opening segment would have featured Rihanna’s song while Don Cheadle introduced the teams. Instead, CBS opted to run a report from Norah O’Donnell, who interviewed NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Wednesday.
Rice was cut from the Ravens and suspended from the NFL indefinitely after a video surfaced of the former player assaulting his then fiancée, Janay Palmer in an elevator at an Atlantic City casino.

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