CBS pulls Rihanna song from tonight’s pregame show

AP

In the wake of the Ray Rice domestic violence case, CBS has thought better of opening tonight’s pregame show in Baltimore with a feature including a song by one of America’s most prominent survivors of domestic violence.

CBS Sports officials told Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated that they will no longer use a planned opening segment featuring Rihanna’s “Run This Town.” Rihanna, like Janay Rice, was the victim in a high-profile domestic violence case.

Instead, CBS will begin the pregame show with a report from Norah O’Donnell, who interviewed NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Wednesday.

This was not the way CBS expected to open its coveted Thursday Night Football programming, but CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus told Deitsch that the Rice case is simply too big not to be the focal point of tonight’s game in Baltimore.

“It’s important to realize we are not overreacting to this story but it is as big a story as has faced the NFL,” said McManus. “We thought journalistically and from a tone standpoint, we needed to have the appropriate tone and coverage. A lot of the production elements we wanted in the show are being eliminated because of time or tone.”

This story has done something that few off-field stories in NFL history have managed to do: It has overshadowed the game. CBS has a tall order juggling the need to address that story with the need to satisfy fans who tune in to watch a football game.

88 responses to “CBS pulls Rihanna song from tonight’s pregame show

  1. Jesus. She married him. If she can move forward why can’t we? Yes, it was bad, but again – she married him. This site has been so incredibly lame the last few days. He was cut, he was suspended. He’s been punished, can we move on?

  2. Such bald face hypocrisy! The social media lynch mobs win again! No intelligent person thinks what advice did was right or that he shouldn’t be punished, but we have laws for that. It is a terrible precedent to keep letting any idiot with a phone decide what is justifiable punishment.

  3. Rihanna’s music used to be good, not anymore… Good move by CBS and I don’t know why you would connect it like this…

  4. And for their decision, I won’t watch CBS’s broadcast, all my TV’s will be on NFL Network promptly at the start of the game. None of them for me to actually watch the two garbage teams playing.

  5. No, they should just cancel the whole season and every Sunday afternoon, Monday and Thursday nights can be devoted to hours and hours of talking heads discussing what Goodell knew and when he knew it.

    Feel free to vote up if you are sick of hearing about this and just want to watch some football already.

  6. So because Rihanna is a victim of domestic abuse, they are cutting her song from the program? Is it just that one song or is CBS now going to ban her from all NFL-related events?

  7. It is a football game. Ray Rice is not playing in the game. Mention that at the beginning and then focus on the football. Bam, everyone’s happy.

    That is, except for the pitchfork bandwagon.

  8. Once more I say Gödel ahs done what he wanted , watered down a game we love and make it more about what is going on off the field, fines suspensions than what is on the field. This is a terrible act and Gödel should have punished for the act and he didn’t. He says he is accountable than he should be fined big time and some stripes removed from his power. That is what accountable is in the NFL under his leadership.

  9. Can we maybe take a break from this for one second and maybe get a post about the drug agreement situation? Enough already.

  10. If I were the investigator, the first emails I’d demand production of would be the NFL’s correspondence to CBS before this game tonight. You know full well there’s a smoking gun or two where the NFL begs CBS to help put lipstick on the pig.

    To the lord from all football fans who despise Goodell and his destruction of our beloved game, please give this investigator whatever piece of paper exists to rid us of this scourge.

  11. Why does it matter that Rihanna was a survivor?! If the song doesn’t say whack your girlfriend, I would say someone has such thin skin, you can watch that dudes heart pump with an unaided eye!

  12. yes please, do not feature Rihanna with an incredibly similarly situation and Janay Palmer Rice, its too touchy and it’ll just open up another can of worms with another certain man who happens to sing and be adored by millions of women for basically doing the same thing to this same one Rihanna

  13. So this is a little off topic but I heard the female senators are pushing a bill/ movement to get people who commit domestic violence banned from the NFL. Why aren’t they pushing for a bill that would make the prosecutors uphold the law to its fullest? Why make a private organization do what they had the power to do? He got zero jail time and had to go to classes, but they want the NFL to do the harsh dirty work! Everybody dropped the ball here, the judge, the prosecutor, & the league but somehow only the league is getting scrutinized. It’s embarrassing.

  14. People who don’t get this.

    I don’t get your thinking.

    It would be insensitive to run that type of song rather than addressing the issue. It’s more complicated than that but I have other comments to make on the internet.

  15. “It’s important to realize we are not overreacting to this story […]”

    Actually, relative to how much you’re covering all the other myriads of problems that face mankind today…yes, you are overreacting to this story, CBS (and every other media outlet out there).

  16. This is no different than Tim Tebow “superstar” or the Redskins “controversy” in that its not really story, its something the media is trying to make into a story.

    No one in the real world thinks its overshadowing the game. Anyone else listen to Mike & Mike this morning? Let’s talk wr’s!

  17. Survivor? Was it life threatening like cancer? I can’t wait till we get to the next drama. This story has been worked over. Let’s move on, Ray Rice’s career is over.

  18. SPOT ON with the mention that Chris Brown beat Rihanna MULTIPLE TIMES, and everyone has moved on from that. It barely even generated a headline.

    Ray Rice does the same thing, and suddenly it’s the crime of the century all of the sudden. Forget about the fact this happens every day to normal people and doesn’t even get mentioned in the paper. Or all the people getting murdered (including domestic violence murders). The Ray Rice story overshadows everything right now.

    This whole thing, and the media obsession with it, has become a huge joke. How does this result in calls for a congressional investigation. SERIOUSLY? Don’t congress have more pressing national issues to deal with?

    Everyone wants their 5 mins of fame out of this story.

  19. Too bad its not Panther-Cardinals tonight so we could spend the entire broadcast learning about Chris Rainey and Greg Hardy.

  20. Already soooo tired of hearing about this story…. Media is hyping this story to the max….
    I just don’t care any more….
    Let’s play football!!!

  21. Domestic situations are not permitted to be discussed.

    Boy the list of things permitted to be discussed anymore is sure shrinking.

    We have sure lost a lot of freedom in this country.

    Some of us remember when the Archie Bunker v George Jefferson debates were televised.

  22. It’s pretty simple: sick and tired of hearing about the Commish and Ray, don’t watch the pre-game show. Hopefully they’ll get it out of their system and during the game there will be little, hopefully no mention of it, and the focus will be on the game.

  23. God forbid make us listen to a song? Instead lets slug the dead horse a few more times. What makes cbs think that anyone wants to hear anything more about ray rice? I knew months ago what happened he hit her she was knockout out. It wasnt until this second vid emerges that everyones n such an uproar. He never lied about what happened. The league did this to appease the media. Now theyr caught in lies. I dont support domestic violence by anymeans but the man made a very stupid mistake. People make mistakes. Hes now married to this woman. If theyve moved as shud we. But the media just keeps pounding this down our throats. Chad johnson head butted his woman. Again not right but he didnt get crucified like RR is. Very stupid mistake. NFL is the worst for having criminals. By far. Clean the sport up rid it of roids it just might help its employees from cases like this.

  24. Why can’t people/media understand that private companies are not/should not be the moral compass? Where is the outrage when your neighbor that works at Walmart smacked his wife and the employer did nothing? C’mon people save the moral outrage.

  25. Damn, isn’t that like blaming the victim. Only thing that would be worse is if they replaced her with CHris Brown. Common CBS & NFL keep her on and show that life goes on after. The NFL is punishing her for getting hit because they have an image problem at the moment. Hopefully Goodell gets the boot for all this so there will be some bit of light.

  26. “Feel it comin’ in the air
    Hear the screams from everywhere
    I’m addicted to the thrill
    It’s a dangerous love affair
    Can’t be scared when it goes down
    Got a problem, tell me now
    Only thing that’s on my mind
    Is who’s gonna run this town tonight…
    Is who’s gonna run this town tonight…
    We gonna run this town”

  27. mrplow3 says: Sep 11, 2014 5:52 PM

    As a music lover myself, I must tell you CBS, from the bottom of my heart…..Thank you!

    Mrplow,

    Ha!!! Agreed.

  28. Umm, it’s a Jay-Z song that features Rihanna. And, as we all know, Jay-Z was the “survivor” of domestic violence which occurred in an elevator. That’s the real reason this song was pulled.

    Honestly, I have no idea, I just think it’s a crazy coincidence, and I wanted to call Jay-Z a survivor of domestic violence.

  29. Perhaps the women who take abuse and “stand by their man” should be treated as outcasts. What kind of role model is that for young girls?

  30. Obama is bombing more people overseas and we’re concerned about this meaningless issue? Really? Seriously? Priorities have obviously gone out the window in this country. Infowars.com for the truth.

  31. ‘This story has done something that few off-field stories in NFL history have managed to do: It has overshadowed the game. CBS has a tall order juggling the need to address that story with the need to satisfy fans who tune in to watch a football game.’

    Michael,

    This is the same network that decided to make Brandon Marshall a host on ‘Inside the NFL’ this year right? Laughable.

    Shame on the owners for backing Goodell when he clearly he’s lying about what he knew.

  32. Look, I’ve a pretty socially/politically active person and have experienced a lot of drama in my own life. This is an important issue. But it’s no more important because it involves a football player. People are suggesting we should boycott the game. Really? Should I stop driving because an autoworker has abused his wife or stop eating veggies because a farmer has abused his wife?

    Yes, this story has overshadowed football talk this week. But when the game kicks off, I’m not going to be worrying about when Goodell saw the tape. I’m going to be worrying about whether my Steelers can remain focused for four quarters instead of two.

  33. ‘Brandon Marshall added to “Inside the NFL” cast

    Posted by Michael David Smith on August 14, 2014, 1:20 PM EDT
    brandonmarshall AP

    Bears receiver Brandon Marshall won’t wait until retiring to take a broadcasting job.

    Marshall has joined the cast of Inside the NFL for the 2014 season. He’ll join fellow newcomer Ed Reed as a commentator on the show, along with holdovers Boomer Esiason and Phil Simms, and new host Greg Gumbel.’

    Not one peep from anyone. And this was a guy who had multiple arrests for domestic violence & was only suspended one game. Why is that? One word–video.

  34. Look, I’ve a pretty socially/politically active person and have experienced a lot of drama in my own life. This is an important issue. But it’s no more important because it involves a football player. People are suggesting we should boycott the game. Really? Should I stop driving because an autoworker has abused his wife or stop eating veggies because a farmer has abused his wife?

    Yes, this story has overshadowed football talk this week. But when the game kicks off, I’m not going to be worrying about when Goodell saw the tape. I’m going to be worrying about whether my Steelers can remain focused for four quarters instead of two.

    Deb,

    Good for you. Although I’m not a Steeler or Ravens fan I couldn’t agree more.

  35. ghost26 says: Sep 11, 2014 6:51 PM

    ‘Brandon Marshall added to “Inside the NFL” cast

    Posted by Michael David Smith on August 14, 2014, 1:20 PM EDT
    brandonmarshall AP

    Bears receiver Brandon Marshall won’t wait until retiring to take a broadcasting job.

    Marshall has joined the cast of Inside the NFL for the 2014 season. He’ll join fellow newcomer Ed Reed as a commentator on the show, along with holdovers Boomer Esiason and Phil Simms, and new host Greg Gumbel.’

    Not one peep from anyone. And this was a guy who had multiple arrests for domestic violence & was only suspended one game. Why is that? One word–video.

    ————————————————————-

    No, if you do a follow up on the player he was diagnosed with some type of mental imbalance. I believe the league is allowing him to wear green shoes I think to show awareness. So far Marshall has become a poster boy for rehabilitation.He and his wife have a domestic violence foundation, and I believe the NFL actually reached out to his foundation for the Rice situation

  36. This story needs to go away. I can pick up my local newspaper tomorrow and read about 10+ arrest for domestic violence. No one cared until a pro athlete got charged. Mike Vick killing innocent dogs is worse then this story. Get over it!

  37. Domestic violence is epidemic in our ‘culture’ , and the NFL players guilty of such are examples of the problem. Bigger contributors to the problem are gangster rap, Fox Network women’s boxing, violent sexist video game, and on and on. It’s about time to expose the ‘culture’ behind the problem.

  38. Deb says: Sep 11, 2014 6:46 PM

    Look, I’ve a pretty socially/politically active person and have experienced a lot of drama in my own life. This is an important issue. But it’s no more important because it involves a football player. People are suggesting we should boycott the game. Really? Should I stop driving because an autoworker has abused his wife or stop eating veggies because a farmer has abused his wife?

    Yes, this story has overshadowed football talk this week. But when the game kicks off, I’m not going to be worrying about when Goodell saw the tape. I’m going to be worrying about whether my Steelers can remain focused for four quarters instead of two.
    =====
    Deb, I remember the Roethlisberger stuff. You were outspoken then as well.

    In the meantime, if I were you, I’d be pretty concerned the Steelers can’t get off the field while the Ravens came out hitting.

  39. Unbelievable. This is just ridiculous.

    Fire a victim???
    Are they requesting that Terrell Suggs, an abuser, not play?

    Did CBS think this through? Or are they just going on the assumption except that in the single case of Ray Rice, who got busted on tape, they can get away with anything?

    I had hoped this Ray Rice incidence might actually change things. Boy, was I wrong.

  40. To answer two questions by posters

    1 The reason she is called a domestic violence survivor is because many women are killed at the hands of their boyfriends or husbands. Janay survived but the way Ray grabbed her and hit her, he could have killed her

    2 Someone said she married him anyway and move on. Yes it was silly she married him but remember women only make 64 cents to a man’s dollar, have less access to high paying positions and depend on men for financial support. Society has to change. Men have all the power and control and that is why those men who abuse do so, for power and control.

    Now back to football

  41. Whoever said Rihanna/Chris Brown story didn’t make headlines back in 09′ are very mistaken. If it didn’t they wouldn’t be even banning her song.

    Last time I checked she was the victim, though… and the case is almost five years old…move on NFL. Move on.

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