Rihanna Cut From 'Thursday Night Football' Because of Ray Rice

(Radio.com) Those who tuned in to last week's kickoff of Thursday Night Football on CBS to hear Rihanna sing the hook on Jay Z's "Run This Town" were probably a bit disappointed since the network cut the new theme in lieu of an interview with NFL commissioner, Roger Goodell.

So, why was Rihanna axed? It has a little something to do with the controversy over Baltimore Ravens' ex-running back Ray Rice. After Rice was let go from his team and suspended from the NFL indefinitely earlier this week for a February incident in which he knocked his then fiancee, now wife Janay Palmer out in an Atlantic City elevator, the network felt Rihanna didn't quite fit the "time or tone."

This is of course because Rihanna is a victim of domestic abuse herself. In 2009, Rihanna was beaten up by her then-boyfriend Chris Brown, who was later sentenced to five years' probation and community service.

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