Transcript for Adam Levine addresses critics of Super Bowl halftime
We move to that drama surrounding the super bowl halftime show, Adam Levine spoke out overnight addressing criticism of maroon 5's decision to take the stage on Sunday. ABC's T.J. Holmes there in Atlanta. Good morning, T.J. Reporter: Good morning to you, George and they've been criticized from the moment that it was announced that maroon 5 would be the halftime performance but their new round of criticism came when the halftime press conference was canceled. Adam Levine now says that cancellation was not their decision. Adam Levine is speaking out about the controversy surround his band's decision to perform at the super bowl halftime show. No one thought about it more than I did. No one put more love into this. I silenced all the noise, listened to myself and made my decision based upon how I felt. Reporter: The maroon 5 front man tells "Entertainment tonight" he expected the backlash. I'm not in the right profession if I can't ham a little bit of controversy. It's what it is. We expected it. We'd like to move on it from and like I said earlier speak through the music. Reporter: When asked why the band canceled their traditional pregame press conference, Levine says it was the league's decision to pull the plug. The NFL canceled the press conference. You'll have to speak with them. Reporter: He seems to hint that the halftime show would acknowledge the critics of his decision to perform defeat the NFL's handling of Colin Kaepernick and players' rights to protest. I'd like to think that people know where I stand as a human being after two decades of doing this, so what I would say S. You know, look, we'll keep doing what we're doing hopefully without becoming politicians to make people understand we got you. Reporter: This on the heels of Kaepernick's attorney mark geragos calling out the halftime show performers including maroon 5, Travis Scott and big BOI for crossing a picket line. Now social media is buzzing about ways they could pay tribute to Kaepernick. One user saying make a statement on the stage, not for you but for the people. On Facebook, pink Floyd's Roger waters calls on the performers to take a knee on stage in full sight. Over 100,000 people have signed a change.org petition urging the same. And, George, controversy for the halftime show is not something new. Remember last year Justin Timberlake, criticism for whether he should include a hologram of prince, lady gaga after the inauguration of Donald Trump, how political should she be? But this is the first time, George, it's unique that the NFL is at the center of the halftime controversy. Yeah, they are at the center and Colin Kaepernick at the center and his attorney, mark geragos joins us. You heard Adam Levine. Wants the music to speak for itself. What did you think? I thought it was a copout actually and I think both he and I think when Travis Scott put out the word or his people put out the word that somehow he had a conversation with Colin and Colin blessed it, that's untrue. If you're going to cross this ideological or intellectual picket line then own it and Adam Levine certainly isn't owning it, in fact, if anything, it's a copout when you start talking about I'm not a politician, I'm just doing the music. Most of the musicians who have any kind of consciousness whatsoever understand what's going on here and it's interesting. Yesterday would have been Jackie Robinson's 100th birthday and here we're memorializing it, so to speak, by embracing what my other client, the first one to take a knee with Colin calls a plantation mentality. What about the idea they might honor it somehow in the performance itself? Well, obviously that's the least they could do. Why don't they wear a number 7 I'm with Kap Jersey or kneel? The statement or what would have been more effective or should have been more effective is if they had done what the others had done, whether it was Beyonce or Jay-Z or cardi B or others who just said they weren't going to be part of it. They weren't going to participate in what is obviously, remember what the underlying problem is here. Colin took a knee in a very deferential way to express what he sees as systemic oppression and racism in America. He has been blackballed because of that. He has been the victim of co-losive activity by 32 owners who have decided that they'd rather side with the president who basically called them out and used it as a political hot button rather than do the right thing and that's basically why you see the NBA having such great success because they're a little bit more socially conscious than the NFL, which is somewhat neanderthal in the way they approach this. Strong words there, mark geragos, thanks very much.
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