I like controversies, a good juicy controversy. That’s when you can see and hear the most extreme differences from every voice  from every crevice they emerge from.  Controversies always  begin when one person or many , go on the mountain top and shout a story they either heard or read   and without much facts, the different faces of the story appear. The faces that appear begin the chatter and idle chatter becomes fodder, fodder becomes  conspiracies and sooner or later the conspiracies become the truth.  

Conspiracies always have a receptive audience. 

The Colin Kaepernick’s story is one such scandal. As the  story goes,  Kaepernick has been sitting all along , not standing , when the US national anthem is being played. For days he did that until one reporter casually asked him why? That’s when all hell broke loose. He told the reporter his truth. 

“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.” – Kaepernick
To say this story had the effect  like the atomic bomb that hit Hiroshima is  putting it lightly. Every possible theorists  had something to say, scurrying for more ammunition to further advance their hate.  From outright calling him a radicalized Muslim to a communist traitor,  once the golden boy of the 49ers football club , Kaepernick  was now the most hated person in America. 

The noises were loud and often loud noises drown out the truth. And then suddenly in comes Jim Wright, quietly and succinctly making his point on his discovery of Kapernick’s truth. And there lies the meat of the problem. 

Discovering the truth.

Kapernick’s story erupted all the vile and viscous emotions of those that read or possibly heard the story and few attempted to discover the truth behind the story .Jim discovered the truth and it is this truth I am so proud to repost on my blog. 

Read the truth and hopefully you will understand Kapernick’s story. 

Kwesi Copyright (C) 2016. All Rights Reserved


I’ve been away from the internet all day. 

I came home from a family picnic on the Blackwater River to find my inbox, as usual, overflowing like a ripe Port-O-Pottie. 
One of the first messages I read was about 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, quoted above, who last Friday night at the beginning of a preseason game suddenly decided to become the most hated man in America du jour by deliberately not standing for the National Anthem. 

Yes, that’s right, a football player didn’t stand for the National Anthem. 

As you know, this means Kaepernick is scum, a horrible human being, a likely member of ISIS, a Muslim terrorist, a black thug, a communist, a socialist (and not the cool share your weed Bernie Sanders kind of socialist but the Red Brigade kind of Socialist who sleeps under a poster of Chairman Mao), a radical, a Black Panther, and he probably has Fidel Castro’s phone number in his contact favorites. 

Yeah. Okay. 

I answered the message and went on to the next one. 

The next message was about Kaepernick. As was the next one. And the next one. And…
They all begin pretty much the same way: Jim, AS A VETERAN, what do you think about this? Well? 
Let me answer all the messages at once

AS A VETERAN, what do I think about Colin Kaepernick’s decision to sit during the National Anthem? 
As a veteran? 
Very well, as a veteran then, this is what I believe: 
The very first thing I learned in the military is this: Respect is a two-way street. If you want respect, true respect, sincere respect, then you have to GIVE IT. 
If you want respect, you have to do the things necessary to earn it each and every single day. There are no short cuts and no exceptions.  
Respect cannot be compelled. 
Respect cannot be bought. 
Respect cannot be inherited. 
Respect cannot be demanded at the muzzle of a gun or by beating it into somebody or by shaming them into it. Can not. You might get what you think is respect, but it’s not. It’s only the appearance of respect. It’s fear, it’s groveling, it’s not respect. Far, far too many people both in and out of the military, people who should emphatically know better, do not understand this simple fact: there is an enormous difference between fear and respect. 
Respect has to be earned. 

Respect. Has. To. Be. Earned. 

Respect has to be earned every day, by every word, by every action. 
It takes a lifetime of words and deeds to earn respect. 
It takes only one careless word, one thoughtless action, to lose it. 
You have to be worthy of respect. You have to live up to, or at least do your best to live up to, those high ideals — the ones America supposedly embodies, that shining city on the hill, that exceptional nation we talk about, yes, that one. To earn respect you have to be fair. You have to have courage. You must embrace reason. You have to know when to hold the line and when to compromise. You have to take responsibility and hold yourself accountable. You have to keep your word. You have to give respect, true respect, to get it back. 

There are no short cuts. None. 
Now, any veteran worth the label should know that. If they don’t, then likely they weren’t much of a soldier to begin with and you can tell them I said so. 
IF Kaepernick doesn’t feel his country respects him enough for him to respect it in return, well, then you can’t MAKE him respect it. 
You can not make him respect it. 
If you try to force a man to respect you, you’ll only make him respect you less. 
With threats, by violence, by shame, you can maybe compel Kaepernick to stand up and put his hand over his heart and force him to be quiet. You might. 
But that’s not respect. 
It’s only the illusion of respect. 

You might force this man into the illusion of respect. You might. Would you be satisfied then? Would that make you happy? Would that make you respect your nation, the one which forced a man into the illusion of respect, a nation of little clockwork patriots all pretending satisfaction and respect? Is that what you want? If THAT’s what matters to you, the illusion of respect, then you’re not talking about freedom or liberty. You’re not talking about the United States of America. Instead you’re talking about every dictatorship from the Nazis to North Korea where people are lined up and MADE to salute with the muzzle of a gun pressed to the back of their necks. 

That, that illusion of respect, is not why I wore a uniform. 
That’s not why I held up my right hand and swore the oath and put my life on the line for my country. 
That, that illusion of respect, is not why I am a veteran. 
Not so a man should be forced to show respect he doesn’t feel. 
That’s called slavery and I have no respect for that at all. 
If Americans want this man to respect America, then first they must respect him. 
If America wants the world’s respect, it must be worthy of respect. 

America must be worthy of respect. Torture, rendition, indefinite detention, unarmed black men shot down in the street every day, poverty, inequality, voter suppression, racism, bigotry in every form, obstructionism, blind patriotism, NONE of those things are worthy of respect from anybody — least of all an American. 

But doesn’t it also mean that if Kaepernick wants respect, he must give it first? Give it to America? Be worthy of respect himself? Stand up, shut up, and put his hand over his heart before Old Glory? 

No. It doesn’t. 
Respect doesn’t work that way. 

Power flows from positive to negative. Electricity flows from greater potential to lesser. 

The United States isn’t a person, it’s a vast construct, a framework of law and order and civilization designed to protect the weak from the ruthless and after more than two centuries of revision and refinement it exists to provide in equal measure for all of us the opportunity for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The United States is POWER. 

All the power rests with America. Just as it does in the military chain of command. And like that chain of command, like the electrical circuit described above, respect must flow from greater to lesser FIRST before it can return. 

To you the National Anthem means one thing, to Kaepernick it means something else. We are all shaped and defined by our experiences and we see the world through our own eyes. That’s freedom. That’s liberty. The right to believe differently. 

The right to protest as you will. The right to demand better. The right to believe your country can BE better, that it can live up to its sacred ideals, and the right to loudly note that it has NOT. The right to use your voice, your actions, to bring attention to the things you believe in. The right to want more for others, freedom, liberty, justice, equality, and RESPECT. 

A true veteran might not agree with Colin Kaepernick, but a true veteran would fight to the death to protect his right to say what he believes. 

You don’t like what Kaepernick has to say? Then prove him wrong, BE the nation he can respect. 

It’s really just that simple.

(C) 2016. Jim Wright. All Rights Reserved.

This was originally posted on Jim Wright’s Facebook page and reposted here .You can see more of Jim’s prolific writing on his blog I am happy I read the post. I just found a writer I can read and be throughly amused, entertained and informed. 


There is a big bear in the room and he is not smelling too good either. The NFL, headed by this guy to the left Roger Goodell, is doing very well for itself. This 32 man behemoth is the biggest cash cow in the US , raking in BILLIONS, yes Billions of dollars  and the 2013 season was by far a bonanza year for the NFL. 

” To be sure, it is a great time to own an NFL team regardless of market or stadium. For the 2013 season, the average NFL team generated record revenue  of $299 million and $53 million, respectively. Each of the NFL’s 32 teams took in a record $170 million of national revenue, mainly from league-wide broadcasting and licensing fees.”    Mike Ozanian Forbes Magazine Writer

This is good news for a sporting confederate that has as a mission to quote “to present the National Football League and its teams at a level that attracts the broadest audience and makes NFL football the best sports entertainment in the world”. It has certainly presented the sport as an over produced  hollywood drama on our TV screen every Sunday. The previews are fantastic set up between the aggressor and the vanquished, the music epic. Its like watching my favorite movie of all time  The Gladiator every week.

Hollywood on Steroids

gladiatorThe NFL is hollywood on steroids, literally.  With such an enormous audience the NFL must have a moral compass attached to its right arm of management and why not. Its audience involves everyone, men, women, children, black, white, gays, drug addicts, the works.  We all like a good Hollywood movie especially when it’s free.  But frankly when your morals are clouded by your actions especially when you command such a big wealth of people’s  attention and resources, then you deserve to be put on the witness stand. 

I started to pay attention to the NFL when their concussion saga premiered on the stage. The essence of the game is to attack the opposing player and stop him from scoring, at all cost. Players upon players were carted off the field  with broken bones, torn muscles and  more importantly, concussion issues. For years this medical issue was spiraling and the NFL turned a deaf ears and a blind eye to this matter. For the NFL, games were being played, attendance was up, revenues were banking in, and the people loved the sport., No problem. Teams were coached to hit , and hit hard. Players, on their own, would  hit the opponent to  put them down. Heck, you watch the game and you can feel the hit. The game is a blood sport.  A contact sport resulting in concussion is not too difficult for a child to understand. Suicides, thousands of medical reports and injuries later, the NFL stood resolute, it was not a problem. Money trumped concern. It makes you wonder if anyone  had seen or remembered the core principle of the NFL  which is to  “safeguard the integrity of the game.”  

A Modern Bloodbath

gladiatorI liken the NFL to the days of the Gladiators in Rome. The Gladiators were at best remarkable athletes and at worst degenerate criminals who fight to the death for social acclaim, recognition and freedom from slavery. The NFL is just a modern day version of this lust for blood, only fancied up to prevent outright death. The Roman curia was responsible for this bloodbath and they lived to pay the price as evidenced through that other Hollywood favorite Spartacus.

For the NFL to deny its inherent role in this sport and its cause of  medical trauma is criminal. Organizers are culpable, not just participants and this to me defined the NFL for who they are;  bloodthirsty weir wolves who will stop at nothing to use its batch of super athletes and persons of dubious origins, throw a lucrative bunch of cash in their face and watch them die. The only integrity they were safeguarding was their bottom line and their mission to make the NFL... “the best sports entertainment in the world.” The following was the  final settlement between the players and the NFL.  Notice the final sentence in the settlement.

A proposed settlement was reached in the litigation on August 29, 2013. Under the agreement, the NFL will contribute $765 million to provide medical help to more than 18,000 former players. Retired players who suffer severe neurological conditions such as Alzheimer’s and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) diseases in the future will also be eligible to apply for medical help. In addition, $10 million will fund brain injury research as well as safety and education programs. The settlement says it should not be interpreted as a statement of legal liability on the part of the NFL.  (NFL/Players  Litigation )


Say Nothing, Do nothing


The NFL’s denial of its responsibilities has always been consistent as a man going to the weekly bar joint to have his mandatory  social ltime with his buddies. No one would dare break the man code of the 32 teams and that code is ‘say nothing, and they will blame someone else. Roger Goodell  pretty much ensures this man-code is upheld at all cost. The recent incident of the Ray Rice saga proves once again that when you try and disrupt this man code, you will be hit hard by walls of denials and you may suffer your own concussion trying to get to break the man-code. 

Ray Rice beating his girlfriend turned wife within 48 hours is nothing new. Women and men are suffering even as I write  this post from verbal, emotional and physical abuse. Here are some facts to remind you of the global problem.

  • The perpetrators of violence against women are almost exclusively men.
  • Physical abuse in intimate relationships is almost always accompanied by severe psychological and verbal abuse. In 1 of 4 cases of domestic violence, women will also experience sexual abuse. 
  • Women are at greatest risk of violence from men they know. In Australia, Canada, Israel, South Africa and the United States, 40-70 per cent of female murder victims were killed by their partners.
  • In Asia, at least 60 million girls are ‘missing’ due to prenatal sex selection, infanticide or neglect.
  • Female genital mutilation/cutting affects an estimated 130 million women and girls.


Ray RiceWhen you have a club owned exclusively by men, it is difficult for them to feel the pain of the woman. For them  women are a collateral , for better of worse, of the relationships they spawn with their partners. To them that issue is personal , between 2 ‘consenting’ people and it happens off the field.  

“We are ethical in all of our dealings with fans, clubs, business partners, and each other” 

 NFL Mission & Values Statement 


Ethical, that word ethical. Ethical decisions are based on everyone best interest is protected. But the NFL’s ethical decision is only ensuring their interest is  protected. The league of the privileged boys, through their puppet Gooddell, stage-managed the initial fallout of Rice-Gate , ethically presenting the 2 consenting couples as having only a misunderstanding that only requires them to kiss and make up.  Here are the stage managed facts:

  • On February 15, 2014, Rice and his fiancée Janay Palmer were arrested and charged with assault after a physical altercation at Revel Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
  • Celebrity news website TMZ posted a video of Rice striking Palmer in an elevator, apparently knocking her out, and then dragging her body out of the lift.
  • The Ravens issued a statement following TMZ’s release of the video, calling Rice’s domestic violence arrest a “serious matter”.
  • On March 27, 2014, a grand jury indicted Rice on third-degree aggravated assault, with a possible jail sentence of three to five years and a fine of up to $15,000.
  • For the incident, Rice was suspended for the first two games of the 2014 NFL season on July 25, 2014.The criminal charges were later dropped after Rice agreed to undergo court-supervised counseling.
  • In a news conference announcing longer suspension lengths for future domestic violence incidents, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said that he “didn’t get it right” in deciding Rice’s punishment.
  • On September 8, 2014, TMZ released additional footage from an elevator camera showing Rice punching Palmer.

What didn’t Goodell get right? Was it the fact that he only gave him 2 games suspension or was it the fact that when he saw the tape he did not get it right as it was too late for recovery? Goodell HAD to see the tape. The NFL, a billion dollar conglomerate with more investigators than probably the FBI,  had to throughly investigate this matter. Their agreement with their Players Association would ensure that.  I am not one of those who will buy his statement that the NFL did not see the tape. He hurriedly ratcheted up the fines and penalties after either hearing from TMZ or knowing that  TMZ will go public with the tape. That announcement  was to save face, the big face of ethical values of the 32 boys.  It would be prudent on the part of TMZ to advise the NFL and put them on their guard. Giving the boys a heads up is like offering them a rag to dry up the blood before they  inflict the stab wound. For Goodell to look in the eyes of the public and say they did not see the tape is tantamount to raping  the intelligence of their adoring fans. But the rule is to defend the integrity of the club, at all cost. Some of the public are gullible enough to buy it. Others are saying..umm. not so fast.  We are not blaming the dog Goodell, we are blaming You the NFL.

Corporations are NOT people, they are Mongrels

Goddell has single handedly defined the monolithic statement that “Corporations are People”, rich, self deprecating people. The giant gorilla in the world of sports has bent over and exposed his furry ass and farted on millions of women that are bludgeoned  by men. Ray Rice is only collateral damage in this ethical dilemma. Thrown under the proverbial bus, the NFL shouted “off with his head”! With just one stroke of PR wizardry the NFL has shown every player in the league what their true value is, NOTHING. Corporations like the NFL are not people, they are mongrels. They smile at you when you give them something to eat and bite you when you try and pat them. No loyalty to people, only to money. Money takes the place of players. Money takes the place of women.

We follow through on our words with action. We are honest and direct.
We create an environment that inspires trust and confidence. NFL Mission Statement 

Roger Goodell is only doing what he is paid to do, make the NFL a lot of money and make them look good. For  that you cannot blame him. What I do take him to task for is that he has a wife, he may even have a daughter.  At what point, even when women make up 48% of their fan base do they connect with the boys ? At what point does sports management involve human management and human care? At what point does the NFL think of assets as people and not just money?

“About four years ago, there was a push, recognizing how many women fans we have, that we need to speak to them,” says Jaime Weston, the league’s vice president for brand and creative. “And while they follow the game like every other fan, like our male fans, they do want to be spoken to in a little bit different way.”  Ira Boudway Business Insider 


Apparently they are still looking for that voice to speak to women in a little bit different way.

Ray Rice and his wife have problems that need the support of not only their family but their friends, very close friends, how many of them they have left.  When a man hurts a woman the way he did,  the arrow usually points to a recurrence of the incident and it becomes a part of the culture of the relationship.  Repetition compulsion is psychologically possible and can be dangerous to not only her but to him. Doing the same thing over and over is almost like the user is suffering from a psychotic neurosis. 

The NFL suffers from that same malignant disease, Repetition Compulsion. They will never change as their love of money takes precedence over their love of people. The book, “League of Denial: The NFL, Concussions and the Battle for Truth,”  written by ESPN investigative reporters Mark Fainaru-Wada and Steve Fainaru investigated the NFL and its fight to deny their game had anything to do with brain damage. Bottom line was one word, Coverup. They refused to accept the fact.  Similarly the Tobacco Industry did the same thing until science and public outcry forced them to change.

This big boys club has a lot of changing to do and it starts from their acceptance that the NFL is not 32 OWNERS but it is  the over 4000 personnel that make up one TEAM. For the NFL to govern this little society, like all modern and cultured society,  it must have laws, education and health that govern the league. It cannot be the present MO of clear up as you go or how do I feel today. The inherent problems in the NFL lies not in the HOW it does things but the WAY it gets it business done. Goodell must manage and lead from the front. If he and the NFL thinks their dollhouse will continue in perpetuity they had better think twice. The public will tolerate man’s need  but not mans greed. The need to make mistakes is one. The need to change is another. But the need to be greedy at all cost is showing the NFL as a pompous ass, an ass that will be soon harnessed than left out on the field to run wild.

Footnote to Janay Rice:



There is research showing women trapped in a marriage is willing to tolerate abuse in a relationship. We can understand you are standing by your man and blaming everyone except the abuser. I have seen this movie before, its called Blame. you might want to watch it . The movie is about  a group of young vigilantes seeking revenge for a sexual betrayal fall far from grace. When the truth is out they find themselves on the dark side of justice.  

For your sake i would hate to see you on the dark side of justice. Living with an abuser is like working with a live electric wire. It can spark anytime. Open your eyes and face the fact. Abusers are the perpetrators of evil but you who live with it and passively claims love and do nothing about it , are the true perpetrator of violence. You, Janay is now the abuser. 



The talk that surrounds MSam and his acceptance or non-acceptance in the hallowed NFL locker room is nothing but verbal and mental therapy. You see people have to talk about issues that forces them to deal with change . It is not easy for those that believe in the sanctity of the NFL locker room, that holy grail of masochism. To allow someone who loves the same sex inside such a room is blasphemous. So the talk is fueled by mans hypocrisy and ignorance hoping to rationalize and defend their different opinions.

This discussion on man’s hypocrisy has happened every time he faces change. Change is not a word that he fears. Change is reality and the reality is when man is faced to accept his reality he fights, he hates he even kills but change never comes easy. So heres to another starting point of change in the NFL. They broke down racial stereotypes now they face sexual tolerance. Is this the end, of course not. There are more barriers to be broken but bit by bit you eat an elephant one bite at a time.



It has been 10 years , 10 years since America had a mild coronary over a breast , and a black breast too on National television and since Janet Jackson realised her TIT valued more than her music. The TIT that no one saw created a firestorm bigger than the after effects of 911.

I will not relive this apocalypse. In a country that prides itself on freedom of expression the rest of the world could not quite put its finger on the problem, especially when no one really saw the ‘nipple’ but all it took was the carnivore of media to grit their teeth and open their jaws to take a bite of what was then the most important news story ,especially when the USA was planning to send thousand of troops to war. Nipple or War which is more important? Go figure.

You can see from the grocery list of shock and awe, courtesy of Jamari Fox, the result when everyone takes part in the feeding frenzy. No event, not even 911 had such a cultural change in the way the US and their networks view and produce live television. Ten years later you have in comparison what can be deemed lewd and PG rated performances and you ask the question has times changed that much or was all this the lynching of a black artiste, a female black artiste?

Janet Jackson comes from a good and popular pedigree of famous people in show business so who she was at the time mattered. The question to be asked was why Janet? She was riding the charts at the time. She and boy toy Timberlake were the 2 hottest pop stars then , why her and not him? His career took off , hers somewhat came to a halt. Could all of this happen as a result of the type of administration in the White House at the time so the “War on Women”was really an extension of their policies? Those questions were asked but never really answered. Ten years later we have seen the twerking of the Cyruses, the bleeps and expletives of many hip hop artiste , the sexual Beyonces, the luscious Rhi Rhi , gay marriages , the provocative Gaga and so many more #Not Made for Grandma TV on mainstream media that they make Janet’s nipple seems like a mom breast feeding her child and even that image by a supermodel had a lot of people crying “‘off with her head’. Freedom of Expression is alive and well 10 years later it seems.

Forget the hype and the commentary that “times have changed” coming from certain quarters who would attempt to answer the unanswered questions. It seems hypocritical that America, the land of the free and the bastion of freedom of speech and expression should want to censor something that no one saw and what became the personal gripe of a few. For jackson to be demonised and Timberlake to walk scotch free shows the greatest country on planet Earth is still a testosterone driven country that still appreciates its women where they belong and that is 5 steps behind the man and certainly covered to the neck.

Whatever happened in the performance between Jackson/Timberlake , whether it was a “wardrobe malfunction”, if you can explain that to me you are welcome, or a pre-determined move, wondering minds will never know. What is certainly clear is that the bru hah hah that resulted was nothing more than politics flexing its muscle at the time on pop culture , hoping to control its synergy but instead opening up its birth canal to a slew of sexual lifestyle that in the end only separates the generations and also reminds the industry who holds the purse with the cash.

The aftermath of ‘Nipple-Gate” . Makes 911 looks like a birthday party gone wrong.

1. MTV was banned from ever taking part in another Super Bowl Halftime Show.
2. Nipplegate broke the record for most searched event over one day.
3. Janet Jackson became the most searched person and term of 2004.
4. In 2007, Jackson set the Guinness World Record for “most searched in Internet history” and “most searched news item.”
5. CBS was fined a record $550,000 for the incident. The fine was ultimately voided in 2011.
6. The FCC increased the fine per indecency violation from $27,500 to $325,000.
7. Profanity fines were increased across broadcasting.
8. YouTube creator Jawed Karim said the infamous halftime show inspired him to create the video-sharing site, since he had trouble finding the clip online.
9. The snippet broke the record for TiVo’s most watched, recorded and replayed TV moment.
10. The moment also led to 35,000 new subscribers for TiVo.
11. The split-second reveal helped to enforce the power of the GIF.
12. In a Nielson study of television’s most impactful moments, Nipplegate was the only Super Bowl event to make the list, ranking 26th.
13. Jewelry and piercing stores reported an increase in the number of people looking for silver, sunburst-shaped nipple rings.
14. Jackson’s slip created the term “wardrobe malfunction,” which entered the dictionary in 2008.
15. Sales of Timberlake’s album Justified spiked in the week following the halftime show
16. MTV, Clear Channel Communications and Infinity Broadcasting blacklisted Jackson as a result of the show, ignoring songs and music videos from her three following albums on their radio stations and TV channels.
17. Jackson’s three albums following the incident did not have the same success on the charts.
18. Viacom, the owner of MTV, paid out $3.5 million in settlements for indecency complaints related to the halftime show.
19. The FCC received 540,000 complaints about the incident.
20. Other artists with sexually suggestive songs were censored, such as JC Chasez, who was prohibited from performing in the Pro Bowl half-time show.
21. The 2004 NBA All-Star Game suggested Beyoncé tone down her halftime performance of “Naughty Girl.”
2. The broadcast delays on the Grammys and Academy Awards of 2004 were increased.
23. Television networks had their shows, including Howard Stern, play it safe with content for the rest of the year.
24. Victoria Secret canceled its 2004 televised fashion show.
5. A crackdown on the sex scenes in daytime soap operas followed the incident.
26. ABC scrapped a planned uncut airing of Saving Private Ryan for Veterans Day that year due to fears the language would offend viewers.
27. MTV’s 2004 hour-long documentary Making the Super Bowl Halftime Show was never aired.
28. Female performers were absent from Super Bowl halftime shows until the Black Eyed Peas, including singer Fergie, performed in 2011.
29. A Mickey Mouse statue wearing a Rhythm Nation T-shirt mounted at Disney World was taken down.
30. Jackson was forced to resign from a movie project with ABC, where she was to play singer Lena Horne
31. The incident and resulting fallout led to a distancing between Timberlake and Jackson, who had assisted Timberlake with his solo career.
32. Jackson was nixed from attending the 2004 Grammys, which occurred several days after the Super Bowl, even though she was scheduled as a presenter.
33. Timberlake received little punishment in response to Nipplegate and was allowed to perform at the 2004 Grammys.