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Stinging Rihanna

Barry Alleyne

Stinging Rihanna

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​Rihanna may have been the victim of domestic violence, but she certainly isn’t pulling any punches with United States television giant CBS.

Last week, CBS, America’s most watched television  network, cost the superstar Barbadian songbird important mileage and visibility by pulling her performance of hit song Run This Town as the pre-game entertainment for last Thursday night’s National Football League (NFL) game between the 2013 Super Bowl champions Baltimore Ravens, and Pittsburg Steelers.

According to the Nielsen company that does viewer ratings in the United States, more than ten million people watched the opening of the telecast last Thursday.

CBS had pulled the performance because two days earlier, Ravens’ star running back Ray Rice had been fired by the team from his US$4 million a year contract and banned indefinitely by the NFL. That was after media website TMZ released a video clearly showing Rice punching his fiance Janay Rice (they were married weeks later) in a casino elevator, knocking her unconscious in the process.