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Dr. Dre Confirms NFL's Decision On Eminem 'Taking A Knee' During Super Bowl Performance

Daniel Marland

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Dr. Dre Confirms NFL's Decision On Eminem 'Taking A Knee' During Super Bowl Performance

Featured Image Credit: TMZ & NFL

Dr. Dre has confirmed the NFL had 'no problem' with Eminem taking a knee during the Super Bowl LVI halftime show, while naming a few changes that were made.

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Eminem took the knee after his performance of 'Lose Yourself' and Dre told TMZ there were no issues, despite rumours of the NFL being uncomfortable with the gesture.

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"There were a few things that we had to change but it was like really minor things," the 56-year-old explained.

"Em taking the knee, that was him doing that on his own and there was no problem with that."

Lamar's material was tweaked slightly as it contained lyrics linked to Los Angeles gangs.

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Dre continued: "They had a problem with that so we had to take that out - no big deal, we get it.

"All in all, everybody came in, we were professional, everybody was on time and everybody really felt the magnitude of what this thing was and what we were going to be able to accomplish and it was a fantastic experience."

A spokesperson for the NFL said on Monday that they were aware of what Eminem was going to be doing and had no objections.

"We watched all elements of the show during multiple performances this week," Brian McCarthy stated.

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"(We) were aware that Eminem was going to do that."

Dre put $7 million of his own money into the show which was a celebration of hip-hop and rap.

Image Credit: Alamy
Image Credit: Alamy

Interestingly, the 56-year-old didn't address the rumours that the NFL asked him to remove a line from his closing performance of 'Still D.RE.' with Snoop Dogg.

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A line in the 1999 smash-hit refers to Dre 'still not loving police', in a nod to his days as a member of the N.W.A.

Puck reported that Dre felt 'disgustingly censored' and went back and forth in an attempt to keep the line in.

He did manage to sing it and put a great emphasis on it.

On the field it was the Los Angeles Rams who ran out 23-20 winners over the Cincinnati Bengals to seal their first Vince Lombardi Trophy in 22 years.

Topics: Super Bowl, NFL

Daniel Marland
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