Maroon 5 hit with Super Bowl backlash before the game

The NFL announced the band, this year's halftime headliners, will not be appearing at the traditional pre-Super Bowl press conference.
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Thank you so much, whit. Now to the super bowl and that backlash for maroon 5, halftime performance. They usually give a press conference before the show but this year they had another idea. They said no and the critics are not happy. T.J. Holmes is outside Mercedes-Benz stadium in Atlanta with the details. Good morning, T.J. Reporter: Hey there, Strahan, interesting what they were going to sing but also what they're going to say, nothing apparently. Right now critics are all over maroon 5 for seeming to want to avoid any Kaepernick questions. In an unprecedented move maroon 5 will not be appearing at the traditional presuper bowl press conference. Even the most interview averse stars have turned up for the legendary q&as ahead of the big games. I'd like to take a few questions. Reporter: Prince famously turned his 2007 press conference into an impromptu concert. ?????? Reporter: And Beyonce opened her 2013 press conference -- ??? O say can you see ??? Reporter: By silencing everybody with an a cappella star-spangled banner. ??? The brave ?????? Any questions? Reporter: With maroon 5 sitting out the press conference the league says the artists will let their show do the talking. Critics say the band is dodging tough questions about headlining the show amid controversy over the NFL's handling of Colin Kaepernick and players' rights to protest. ?????? Reporter: Maroon 5 is making a statement with money. The performers are making a $500,000 donation to big brothers, big sisters America ahead of the super bowl. So you want to hear from maroon 5, Strahan? I guess you have to wait till halftime Sunday. All right. Never ends, right? Haven't seen that Beyonce moment in a while. That was drop the Mike, what she did.

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