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NFL Sues Rapper M.I.A. For $16 Million Over Giving Finger During Super Bowl (Video)

| by Michael Allen

You may not recall rapper M.I.A. giving the finger during her halftime performance at the Super Bowl XLVI on Feb. 5, 2012, but the NFL does.

M.I.A. was performing "Give Me All Your Luvin'" when she flipped off 167 million viewers (which may be a world record) during a performance with Madonna (video below).

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the NFL had been in arbitration with M.I.A. for $1.5 million, but is now suing her for $16.6 million.

The NFL is claiming M.I.A. breached her contract and tarnished the pro-football league's goodwill and reputation (if you don't count the brain concussions and Richie Incognito).

The $16.6 million is what the NFL claims advertisers would have paid for ads during M.I.A.'s rapping.

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"The claim for restitution lacks any basis in law, fact, or logic," M.I.A.'s lawyer Howard King said in court papers last Friday.

Rolling Stone notes that M.I.A. recently tweeted a document that she claims the NFL wanted her to sign "on top of the $16 million."

The alleged agreement said that if M.I.A. were to make between $500,000 and $2.5 million in a year, then the NFL would would get 50 percent, or 100 percent of anything over $5 million.

Sources: The Hollywood Reporter, Twitter, Rolling Stone