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Rihanna tells NFL on CBS ‘f— you’ after they try to take rain check on her song

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Rihanna was scheduled to perform last week in Baltimore before the Ravens game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, but CBS decided to cancel her appearance in the wake of the Ray Rice domestic violence incident. Rihanna was a victim of domestic violence when Chris Brown beat her in 2009. CBS Sports insisted Rihanna’s performance was nixed because the network “needed to have the appropriate tone and coverage,” but we all know why the decision was made.

CBS had also planned to air an opening segment that featured Jay Z’s and Rihanna’s song “Run This Town,” but that idea was also canned. Apparently CBS planned to use the song this Thursday instead, and Rihanna is furious about it.

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CBS and the NFL were obviously trying to avoid any additional discussion about domestic violence. That said, you can understand why Rihanna is unhappy about the decision. She was the victim, not the attacker.

UPDATE: Shortly after Rihanna’s rant, CBS announced that it will not use the opening featuring Rihanna going forward.

“Beginning this Thursday, we will be moving in a different direction with some elements of our Thursday Night Football open,” CBS senior vice president of communications Jen Sabatelle said in a statement. “We will be using our newly created Thursday Night Football theme music to open our game broadcast.”

Rihanna song pulled from CBS Thursday Night Football opener

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CBS decided to make several changes to their planned programming for their first “Thursday Night Football” game of the season in light of the Ray Rice incident, and the most notable change includes removing the song featuring Rihanna from the intro.

Rihanna, a seven-time Grammy Award winner, was the victim of domestic violence committed by ex-boyfriend Chris Brown in 2009. Rihanna then infamously went back to Brown, who pleaded guilty to felony assault.

Jay-Z’s “Run This Town” featuring Rihanna was scheduled to play as the intro song, with actor Don Cheadle providing a voiceover narration setting the scene for kickoff. CBS also had a comedic bit planned but decided to scrap it, according to SI’s Richard Deitsch.

Deitsch says CBS will open “with a report from CBS This Morning anchor Norah O’Donnell, who interviewed NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Wednesday. O’Donnell will be on the set in Baltimore with Thursday Night pregame host James Brown.”

The NFL sent out a press release last week detailing the plans for each “Thursday Night Football” pregame show.

The Thursday Night Football open will be accompanied by the narration of Academy Award-nominated actor Don Cheadle. Cheadle’s narration sets the scene to kick off the NFL week on Thursday nights, highlighting the division rivalry games. And, asking the question, who will “Run This Town”?

Thursday Night Football will feature a customized open each week highlighting the teams and storylines. Featuring Cheadle’s narration with music sung by Rihanna, the open matches the size and drama of each Thursday night game. This open, which was filmed in an airplane hangar, was produced and directed by 28-time Emmy Award-winning producer Pete Radovich, who serves as CBS Sports’ creative director.

This was a smart move by CBS. Given the context of this week’s events, this is the appropriate way to handle things.

Joel Embiid still going hard after Rihanna with new avatar

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Joel Embiid is not ready to give Rihanna the Kim Kardashian treatment just yet. After all of his tweets about Kim K. were ignored, Embiid has moved on to courting the R&B singer. The Philadelphia 76ers rookie went on a fictional date with Rihanna last week and has even changed his Twitter avatar to make it look like they had dinner together.

Embiid continued his path toward making “Johanna” a reality on Thursday night by sharing some hilarious photoshops of him and his fake girlfriend.

The former Kansas star then must have gotten frustrated with some of the feedback he was getting, because he threatened to get off Twitter.

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Joel Embiid’s date with Rihanna looked like a lot of fun

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Joel Embiid moved on from Kim Kardashian and has been pursuing Rihanna over Twitter lately. It’s a win-win situation for Embiid. If he gets a positive response, he could end up going out on a date with Rihanna. If he doesn’t, at least he’s building a following with some funny tweets.

Take for instance this tweet/photo he sent on Thursday night. This was taken during Embiid’s “date” with Rihanna:

Seriously, how can you not root for the “Johanna” union after seeing that?

Embiid did manage to score a Twitter follow from Rihanna, so the guy is definitely winning for now. He did send some more tweets about his pursuit of Ri-Ri:

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JR Smith mocks Rihanna, bandwagon Heat fans

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JR Smith has been having a lot of fun with Miami Heat fans since LeBron James announced he was signing with the Cleveland Cavaliers. We all know Heat fans have a reputation for jumping on and off the bandwagon, and Smith is taking every opportunity he can to remind his Instagram followers of that — even if it means taking a shot at his ex-girlfriend.

Smith posted the meme you see above on Monday, which is probably more of a shot at Heat fans than Rihanna herself. Rihanna goes to a lot of NBA games, which we know because she tends to do so without a bra on. Smith also posted this photo ragging on Heat fans over the weekend.

Rihanna has given no indication that she’s going to become a Cavs fan, though she has been a little busy lately partying with the German national soccer team. She and Smith have a long history together, so it’s not surprising that he would rag on her.

Thanks to LBS tipster David

Rihanna partied with German team after World Cup

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Rihanna, who was born in Barbados, may have been Germany’s biggest supporter during the World Cup final on Sunday. The 26-year-old musician was tweeting her support of the German team all afternoon and called watching them win the World Cup the “most epic experience of my life.”

After the match, Rihanna got to party with the players. Or, should we say, they got to party with her.

Rihanna partied the night away with the world champions and took a number of photos holding the World Cup trophy. To say that she was geeked out would be a massive understatement.

For whatever reason, Rihanna seemed like she supported every team except the United States during the tournament. We’re not saying she has to root for the US, but it seemed like she was trolling at times when she rooted for Ghana, Germany and Portugal as they were playing the US in group play.

To each her own, I guess. At least she had a good time. 

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Rihanna was pretty much naked at the CFDA Awards

So we already learned based on what she was wearing to NBA games recently that Rihanna hates wearing bras, but who knew she was that opposed to underwear?

The entertainer showed up at the CFDA Awards wearing a see-through dress that left very little to the imagination. And by very little to the imagination, we mean you could see everything.

I’m going to go ahead and post this down below because it is so revealing.

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