It's been 18 months since the 2012 Super Bowl and now we're talking about M.I.A's middle finger again. Turns out, even though NBC and the FCC didn't file charges against the English-Sri Lankan songwriter for flipping the bird and mouthing "I don't give a shit," the NFL has been in a secret legal battle with the "Paper Planes" singer ever since, demanding she cough up $1.5 million and apologize publicly. Their argument? Maya Arulpragasam breached her performance contract and tarnished the goodwill and reputation of the NFL.
Are you done laughing yet? Good, let's continue.
The statute of limitations has run out on the FCC and NBC, meaning they can no longer sue M.I.A., but the NFL isn't letting the incident go. So now M.I.A.'s lawyer, Howard King told The Hollywood Reporter they're going public with this lawsuit, explaining how ridiculous the NFL is acting.