Rihanna slams network for dropping her song in light of NFL domestic abuse case: ‘F**k you’

Following the shocking Ray Rice elevator video, CBS have permanently removed Rihanna's music from NFL telecasts due to her past as a victim of domestic violence

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by Kayleigh Dray |
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Rihanna was furious after American sports channel CBS pulled her song from one of their broadcasts.

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The singer was set to be part of a pre-taped introductory segment for the channel's 'Thursday Night Football' NFL telecast.

However, after a video emerged of NFL player Ray Rice knocking his fiancée out in a lift, CBS opted to drop Rihanna's segment.

As Rihanna was a victim of domestic violence with Chris Brown in 2009, CBS determined it was not the “appropriate tone” to have her involved.

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CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus told SI.com: “We thought journalistically, and from a tone standpoint, [that] we needed to have the appropriate tone and coverage.”

Rihanna expressed outrage at the decision, tweeting: “CBS you pulled my song last week, now you wanna slide it back in this Thursday? NO, F*ck you! Y’all are sad for penalizing me for this.”

She added: "The audacity"

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The network had planned to play the song at a later date but released a statement following Rihanna's outrage, which reads:

“Beginning this Thursday, we will be moving in a different direction with some elements of our ‘Thursday Night Football’ open. We will be using our newly created Thursday Night Football theme music to open our game broadcast.”

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