Us Weekly reports Maroon 5 is “having a lot of trouble finding guests” to share the stage with them for the Super Bowl LIII halftime show. The group’s difficulties stem from the belief that musical acts do not want to “associate themselves with the NFL” in light of the league’s response to the silent protest conducted by Colin Kaepernick throughout the 2016 season when he took a knee during the playing of the national anthem.

According to Us Weekly, the NFL reportedly saw the repercussions of their treatment of Kaepernick earlier this year when Rihanna declined an offer to perform at Super Bowl LIII, citing “the kneeling controversy,” and her opposition to “the NFL's stance” as the reasons behind her decision.

Even though the league hasn’t officially announced Maroon 5 as this year’s halftime performers, the reports have drawn negative responses.