Snoop Dogg's Super Bowl Halftime Performance Boycotted by Police Group

New York State police supporters boycotted Snoop Dogg's performance during the Super Bowl halftime show on Sunday, citing his anti-law enforcement lyrics.

The rapper was seen performing alongside fellow hip-hop and R&B superstars Dr. Dre, Eminem, Mary J. Blige, and Kendrick Lamar at Inglewood, California's SoFi Stadium during a show that was largely applauded by fans.

However, the leadership of the Suffolk County Police Benevolent Association (SCBA) announced in the days leading up to the show that they would not be watching the performance, as they encouraged others to follow suit.

A post shared on the Long Island group's Facebook page on February 11 cited the lyrics from Snoop Dogg's recently released track "Police" as a reason for not supporting the show.

The post read: "Encouraging people to shoot police officers apparently earns you a spot as a headliner at the [Super Bowl].

"If you choose to watch the game at all, (we won't be) halftime is a great moment to shut your TV off in honor of those men and women in blue who gave their lives for us."

A portion of the lyrics of Snoop Dogg's track, which features J5 Slap and was released on January 22, includes the lyrics, per the Facebook post: "Take your guns that you using to shoot each other and start shooting these b**** a** motherf******* police / That'll impress a motherf******* n**** like me."

According to the Washington Times, those specific lyrics were not delivered by Snoop Dogg, but by one of his collaborators on the track.

The SCPBA post included a copy of a February 3 letter penned by attorney Anthony Capetola, calling for the NFL to drop Snoop Dogg, real name Calvin Broadus Jr., from the show, and Constellation Brands to remove him as a spokesperson.

Addressed specifically to William Newlands, President and Chief Executive Officer of Constellation Brands—which owns Svedka Vodka and Robert Mondavi wine, among others—the letter pointed out that the track was released one day after New York Police Department officers Jason Rivera and Wilbert Mora were fatally shot.

Snoop Dogg has an endorsement deal with Corona Beer, which is owned by Constellation Brands.

"I am simultaneously sending a copy of this letter to Roger Goodell, Commissioner of the NFL, asking him to eliminate Snoop Dogg from his halftime show at the [Super Bowl]," concluded the letter. "We can no longer sensationalize hurting our men in blue who protect our families with this reckless conduct."

Newsweek has contacted a representative of Snoop Dogg for comment.

Despite the SCPBA's efforts, Snoop Dogg appeared onstage alongside his fellow musicians to perform a medley of hits during the break in the Sunday's big game.

Following the Pepsi-sponsored performance, the rapper retweeted several posts praising the show, as well as a number of video clips.

Sending out his own message to fans, Snoop Dogg wrote: "Thank you 4 a beautiful night !!"

The Super Bowl LVI saw home team the Los Angeles Rams clinch a 23-20 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals.

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Snoop Dogg performs onstage during the Pepsi Super Bowl LVI Halftime Show at SoFi Stadium on February 13, 2022 in Inglewood, California. Long Island's Suffolk County Police Benevolent Association announced in the days leading up to the Super Bowl that it would be boycotting Snoop Dogg's performance, citing anti-police lyrics in one of his recently-released tracks. Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Roc Nation