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Report: M.I.A., NFL settle middle finger dispute

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On a day in which we learned Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel was reportedly fined $12,000 for showing his middle finger toward the Washington bench on Monday night, we also learned the NFL and rapper M.I.A. have settled their dispute over the performer’s middle finger display in Super Bowl XLVI.

The Associated Press reported Friday that the two sides have struck a confidential settlement in arbitration over the matter. The NFL had been seeking as much as $16.6 million for the incident, which occurred during the annual Super Bowl halftime show in 2012.

The NFL first filed a claim for breach of contract against M.I.A., whose given name is Mathangi Arulpragasam, in 2012, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

But since it’s a confidential settlement . . . well, we may never know if, indeed, everyone’s a winner in this case.

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22 Responses to “Report: M.I.A., NFL settle middle finger dispute”
  1. bubbybrisket says: Aug 22, 2014 6:50 PM

    “Uhhh ohhhh…you’re in trouble…”

  2. blingslade says: Aug 22, 2014 6:53 PM

    The NFL settled with M.I.A. for $725,000 whereas both parties agreed to not discuss the incident IN ANY MANNER for 15 years.

  3. allidoiswin55 says: Aug 22, 2014 6:53 PM

    Protect the shield means fine errbody even the ones not in the league ! We need that paper to keep this league growing ! Pay me my MONEYYY -Goodell

  4. revren10 says: Aug 22, 2014 6:55 PM

    Football needs to have real artist play not these bums

  5. patrickpacific says: Aug 22, 2014 6:58 PM

    M.I.A. is a clown, enjoy your last headline hun..

  6. steelhammer92 says: Aug 22, 2014 6:59 PM

    Everybody who witnessed MIA’s halftime show lost.

  7. ariani1985 says: Aug 22, 2014 7:03 PM

    Too drunk to remember that lame show!

  8. berniemadoffsides says: Aug 22, 2014 7:05 PM

    The pinnacle of her career.

  9. conspiracybrotherjones says: Aug 22, 2014 7:10 PM

    $16.6 million for a middle finger; wanting artists to pay to play their lame half time show for exposure they don’t need??? Dang! This not for profit organization sure likes to demand money…

  10. doggeatdogg says: Aug 22, 2014 7:11 PM

    Why not fine MIA for the same amount they fined Manziel. Did they not violate a contract.

  11. 4thqtrsaint says: Aug 22, 2014 7:13 PM

    Why don’t they just get a real performer instead of someone 75% of viewers never heard of?

  12. 6ball says: Aug 22, 2014 7:15 PM

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    When will the Seahawks be fined for giving the finger to Peyton Manning during last year’s event?
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  13. bonnovi says: Aug 22, 2014 7:37 PM

    And it only took them 2 1/2 years to reach a settlement…

  14. tomtravis76 says: Aug 22, 2014 7:56 PM

    Forget half-time musicians, just bring Andy Reid out for the punt,pass and kick.

  15. chasedbyturtles says: Aug 22, 2014 9:02 PM

    If I ran the super bowl halftime show there would be midgets, motor oil, a llama and a two barbers chairs.

  16. lrical says: Aug 22, 2014 9:40 PM

    Is she worth that much?

  17. steelerfan9598 says: Aug 22, 2014 9:46 PM

    Hire garbage, get garbage.

  18. timtomandkevin says: Aug 22, 2014 10:04 PM

    NFL players give the finger after doing a few lines. These rock stars are tame.

  19. rcali says: Aug 22, 2014 10:10 PM

    Too bad the NFL didn’t have the “Pay to Play” already set up cause they missed out on a whole 92 cents on her future earnings.

  20. gdeli says: Aug 22, 2014 10:18 PM

    Who cares her careers over anyways!

  21. djshnooks says: Aug 22, 2014 10:39 PM

    Roger Goodell is turning the NFL into a complete joke…$16.6 million???

    Not to mention it happened how long ago? It should have been settled back then.

    Just like Nigel Bradham should have been suspended last year…not a year later.

    Worst commissioner the NFL has seen.

  22. zdravit says: Aug 23, 2014 4:22 PM

    Settle it by cutting off the offending finger?

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