Rihanna is opening up on her decision to turn down the NFL’s invitation to perform at the Super Bowl last year … saying she “couldn’t dare do that” to Colin Kaepernick.

It was widely reported that RiRi rejected the SB 54 halftime show — the biggest entertainment event in the world — because she believed the controversial NFL QB was being blackballed.

In her cover story with Vogue, the singer confirmed she was taking a stand against the league.

“I couldn’t dare do that. For what? Who gains from that? Not my people,” Rihanna says … “I just couldn’t be a sellout. I couldn’t be an enabler.”

“There’s things within that organization that I do not agree with at all, and I was not about to go and be of service to them in any way.”

At the time, Rihanna wasn’t shy about her displeasure with the shield … and she even mocked the league in a video she posted while on an airplane during the Super Bowl.

The NFL ultimately landed Maroon 5 and Travis Scott for the performance. As for this year’s gig, the league is teaming up with Jay-Z — who’s helping produce the halftime show starring Jennifer Lopez and Shakira.

As for Kap, he’s clearly taken notice — retweeting several posts highlighting Rihanna’s comments.

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