Rihanna's 'Run This Town' Pulled from NFL Pregame Because of Ray Rice

September 12, 2014 By:
Rihanna's 'Run This Town' Pulled from NFL Pregame Because of Ray Rice
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The NFL announced that they would be using Jay Z and Rihanna's collaborative hit "Run This Town" as the opening track for their new pregame show "Thursday Night Football." The song was chosen because it would ask the question of the two teams playing, "Who will run this town?"

CBS and NFL decided to scrap the segment for this week, costing Rihanna a heavy royalty check. 

Why did they do this?

 

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Ray Rice. The NFL player was indefinitely suspended for assaulting his wife in an elevator. TMZ leaked the surveillance footage of the fight between Ray Rice and his now-wife Janay Palmer. 

See the connection there?

Rihanna was also unfortunately involved in a domestic violence case with her ex-boyfriend Chris Brown in 2009.

The NFL decided to feature a segment on Ray Rice and an interview with the Ravens owner instead. However, Rihanna and Jay Z's track will be used for future "Thursday Night Football" shows.