The power went out at the Superdome at Super Bowl XLVII only a few minutes after Beyonce finished her halftime show, and that has some people asking: Did something about the performance lead to the blackout?
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says absolutely not.
“There’s no indication at all that this was caused by the halftime show,” Goodell said at a press conference in New Orleans today. “Absolutely none. I know that’s been out there, to say that Beyonce’s halftime show had something to do with it; that is not the case from anything that we have at this point.”
Among those who have mentioned a possible connection between the halftime show and the subsequent power outage was Boomer Esiason, who worked the Super Bowl pregame show for CBS and then served as the color commentator for the game’s radio broadcast. Esiason said on the radio today that he had heard there were issues with Beyonce’s act taxing the electricity at the Superdome.
“And by the way, Beyonce blew the electric in the Superdome twice, I’m told, during her rehearsals during the week,” Esiason said.
Goodell, however, says Beyonce is not to blame.