Though ​Maroon 5 is headlining the Super Bowl halftime show, it's former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick who is (still) at the core of the problems and ​controversy surrounding the gig

To avoid answering questions concerning the ongoing dispute between Kaepernick and the ​NFL, the league made a unique decision to announce that Maroon 5 will not be holding a press conference before the game: 

The cancellation comes in response to a large population of the band's fans believing that frontman Adam Levine should cancel their performance to support Kaepernick. 

In response, however, football, Maroon 5, and Kaepernick supporters alike were all quick to take to Twitter to call the NFL out on its decision: 

The truth hurts. 

Sarcastic, but the message is certainly crystal clear. 

And some people are realists and just call it like it is. 

It's certainly a change from past traditions as Justin Timberlake (2018) and Lady Gaga (2017) both addressed the media before the show.

Regardless, it's utterly pathetic to think that a 2016 PEACEFUL protest is impacting the 2019 Super Bowl halftime performance.