Jermaine Dupri says super producer Jazze Pha is WRONG — he never signed on to participate in the Super Bowl halftime show … but it has nothing to do with Colin Kaepernick.
Pha is a producing legend in ATL and he’s super plugged in — so, when he told us Dupri was involved in the show, it sounded legit.
But, Dupri says Pha’s just wrong — and when we started questioning Jermaine he told us point blank, “You think I’m saying no because it’s a secret? No means no.”
Dupri says he’s not boycotting the NFL over Kaepernick — he says the NFL simply never called when they were putting the show together and he REFUSES to be considered an afterthought.
“It should have been a decision that they made at the beginning. I’m not something that you call later on in life.”
So, Dupri is out — but Maroon 5, Travis Scott, Big Boi from Outkast and Gladys Knight are all in to perform on Feb. 3.
As we previously reported, some huge stars like Common have called for the performers to back out over the way the league has treated Kaepernick, but that’s just not happening at this point.
Ex-Arizona State basketball star Jermaine Marshall — who also had a brief stint in the NBA — has died at 28 years old … his French professional team announced Friday.
Marshall was reportedly found dead in his apartment. The cause of death has not been released.
The Pennsylvania native played 3 seasons with Penn State before transferring to ASU for his senior year. He played a huge role in the Sun Devils’ NCAA tournament run in 2014, averaging 15 points.
ASU released a statement on Friday … saying “He gave us so many big buckets en route to the 2014 NCAA Tournament. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Jermaine Marshall.”
Marshall spent time with the Houston Rockets during the 2014-15 season … and later moved to Europe to play professionally. He was most recently with the Hermine Nantes Basket in France.
Two more huge names are helping out with the Super Bowl 53 halftime show — Lil Jon and Jermaine Dupri — this according to mega-producer Jazze Pha.
Pha is a producing legend who’s from ATL and is one of the most plugged-in people in town — and when we saw him at LAX, he told us he had just come back from halftime show rehearsals.
The big bombshell here … Pha strongly suggests Lil Jon and J.D. are now a part of the show — but he wasn’t specific about what their roles will be.
“I think Lil Jon and Jermaine Dupri and everybody gonna make it hot,” Pha says … “They gonna make it live. Maybe I let the cat outta the bag, I don’t know!”
The issue … there are huge stars calling for African-Americans to boycott the show — including Common, who says the NFL doesn’t support black people.
In fact, Common said he wishes Travis Scott would pull out from the show over the way the league has treated Colin Kaepernick.
Now, with two gigantic hip-hop legends seemingly signing on — ya gotta wonder what the reaction will be.
Either way, Jazze says he was super impressed with what he saw at rehearsals and expects the show to blow people’s minds!
Jermaine Jones is DANGEROUS … and David Charvet is scared the soccer superstar is going to physically hurt him — the actor’s attorney tells TMZ Sports.
We broke the story last month … Charvet claims the former Team USA soccer star sent him threatening messages featuring photos of his assault rifle … all because J.J. believed Charvet banged his wife and ruined his marriage.
Charvet adamantly denied he slept with Jones’ wife — and begged the court for a restraining order against the athlete.
Charvet’s lawyer, Jason Glucksman, was in an L.A. court on Tuesday in an effort to get a permanent restraining order against Jones and on his way out of the courthouse, he made it clear they believe Jones is a serious threat.
“[David’s] very concerned about the potential of Jermaine doing harm to him, causing harm. Doing physical injury to him.”
The case was continued to February. Charvet currently has a temporary restraining order in place.
We also saw Jermaine as he left court with his lawyer … but they weren’t in the talking mood.