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.”