M.I.A.’s huge NFL fine

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How much did this cost M.I.A.? The NFL is saying $15 million. Credit: Getty

Rapper M.I.A.’s feud with the NFL isn’t going away, as the sports league has apparently been after her for two years to pay a $1.5 million fine for flipping the bird during the 2012 halftime show, according to the Hollywood Reporter. And on top of that, the NFL is apparently looking for an additional $15.1 million as “restitution” because of how much exposure the stunt garnered M.I.A.

The NFL maintains that her stunt was a “flagrant disregard for the values that form the cornerstone of the NFL brand and the Super Bowl” and that she breached an agreement to maintain the league’s “reputation of wholesomeness,” a charge her legal team finds laughable.

“The claim for restitution lacks any basis in law, fact or logic,” her reps says. “The continued pursuit of this proceeding is transparently an exercise by the NFL intended to bully and make an example of [M.I.A.] for daring to challenge the NFL.” The rapper at least has a sense of humor about it, asking fellow Halftime show performer Madonna if she can borrow $16 million in a tweet that was later deleted.



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