The NFL continues to wage war, attempting to save the game and the fans who adore it. No, it's not engaging a new fight against concussions or the ongoing issue of bullying. The NFL is instead demanding that M.I.A. pay over $16 million for the middle finger she flashed two years ago.
The Hollywood Reporter's Eriq Gardner reported an arbitration process between the league and the performer who flashed a middle finger at the Feb. 5, 2012, Super Bowl Halftime Show.
While many may have forgotten about the incident, the NFL hasn't let it go. According to the report, M.I.A. wasn't paid for the event, as is the custom of the league. The NFL spent the first two years of arbitration demanding $1.5 million for allegedly breaching her performance contract and tarnishing its goodwill and reputation.
The report states that the NFL has added an additional claim, seeking $15.1 million more in “restitution” as the alleged value of public exposure she received by appearing for an approximately two-minute segment during Madonna's performance. The figure is based on what advertisers would have paid for ads during this time.
However, M.I.A.'s team makes some points against the need for the NFL to win this case of indecency.
Via Gardner's report, M.I.A.'s attorney, Howard King, notes various instances when the highly visible show became unseemly. The report points to things such as Michael Jackson grabbing his crotch during 1993's show and Prince motioning in a suggestive manner with his guitar in 2007.