Super Bowl Performer Justin Timberlake Says He’ll Never Let His Son Play Football

Bryan Brandom
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Justin Timberlake is a huge football fan—he’s publicly professed his love for the Green Bay Packers and his admiration for Tom Brady, and is days from performing at the Super Bowl for a second time.

But does he love the sport enough to let his three-year-old son with wife Jessica Biel get on the gridiron in the future? 

“He will never play football,” the singer told reporters on Thursday. “No, no.

“I mean, yeah, it’s kind of like that thing where my main objective is that he become a great person. And if he wants to get into the arts or sports, then yeah, I would fully support that. I think I can hopefully offer him some advice on what to do and what not to do, so yeah, but right now we’re working on our manners. That’s a big deal in our house right now. It’s like, one thing at a time.”

Considering the league’s steadfast inaction in the face of the dangers of playing in the NFL, that’s unfortunately probably a smart call.

Timberlake became a part of Super Bowl lore during halftime at Super Bowl XXXVIII (that was 2004, for the Roman numeral disinclined), when he tore—accidentally or intentionally, we’re not sure—Janet Jackson’s outfit to reveal her breast in an incident that’d come to be known as “Nipplegate.”

But don’t expect Justin to drop a ball out of his pants or anything in his second Super Bowl performance.

“That won’t happen this time,” he said when asked about the incident.