Pop singer Justin Timberlake, speaking Thursday at an NFL news conference to promote his Super Bowl halftime performance, said that his son will never play football.
Timberlake and actress Jessica Biel are the parents of 2-year-old Silas. After jokingly offering to suit up himself Sunday as a wide receiver if the New England Patriots needed him, Timberlake was asked by a reporter if he would "support it if [Silas] wanted to run some routes and get in the NFL."
Timberlake responded: "Uh, he will never play football. No, no."
He added: "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."
Timberlake's comments came during a time of national conversation about the health and safety of youth football players. Earlier this month, a group of former NFL players teamed up with the Concussion Legacy Foundation to support a parent initiative that advocates for children to avoid football until the age of 14.
Timberlake revealed that only his band, The Tennessee Kids, would join him onstage while dismissing any chance of his former boy band, 'N Sync, or Janet Jackson joining him for the performance.
Timberlake is returning to the halftime show 14 years after the "wardrobe malfunction" with Jackson that caused a national controversy. He was not asked a question about the incident during the press availability. Timberlake was a special guest of Jackson during her performance when he ripped off a piece of her clothing and revealed her bare, pierced nipple. Jackson later described it as an unintended "wardrobe malfunction."
"We're going to take it seriously that we want everyone to have a ton of fun. That's my main objective with the halftime show," he said.
Timberlake, who turned 37 on Wednesday, will release his new album, "Man of the Woods," on Friday.
The internet was making a semi-big deal about Justin Timberlake saying that his son will never play football at his press conference today (in case you live under a rock he's performing at the Super Bowl halftime show).
The only thing is he didn't exactly rule out little Silas (such a celebrity's kid name) Timberlake playing football at some point in life. This article is a perfect example of context of written words vs video. If you just read that line "Uh, he will never play football. No, no." at first it's v logical to perceive that as "wow JT is one of these snowflake bitches who won't let their kids play football, how sad".
But when you watch the actual video. It's clear that was a joke, just like his jab at the Eagles not having injuries, which I found subtly pretty funny coming from JT. Nice to see him keeping up with sports making fun of Wentz. Multiple news outlets are making it seem like Timberlake is giving the NFL a black eye for saying this before the NFL's biggest game of the year, which to me is quite a silly notion as he's clearly joking. I really liked his follow up. He had a pretty solid stock dad line about how he's not worried about what he wants to do, he just wants him to be a good person, and that he'll be supportive in whatever he does in his future. Which IMO is how all parents should be (unless your kid wants to root against your favorite teams, in which case it's totally okay to put them up for adoption).
I straight up hope Justin Timberlake doesn't let his kids play football. Like the hippies who are trying to kill bottled water, I say #OneLess.
As a former high school football player (I was once called a "key loss" to a 1-7 in my town's local newspaper NBD)
I think know a thing or two about playing the game.
TBH at times I am worried about the future of the game I love. I hate how they're trying to take violence out of football. News flash: Football is a violent sport! Football without violence is like sex without penetration. Sure there's things in both instances you can do to make things safer. But once you eliminate that you're no longer talking about the same activity.
You can try to make it safer but it gets to a certain point where you have to realize that people get hurt playing football. As more and more information about head trauma comes out and people learn more about the dangers of football more parents are going to be more protective of their children. (Wow that was a lot of mores!)They may think playing football in school is simply not worth the potential dangers that come with the game.
While part of me hates that narrative because I want people to keep my favorite sport going, deep down I truly believe that football will never die. For every upper-middle class elite that cares about whether or not that son has multiple concussions before his junior prom, there's going to be 10 kids down south that are going to use football as a path to college.
Which is why I'm glad Timberlake said this, even though it was in jest. Good don't play football. One less kid my future son (if I ever somehow have kids, and am lucky enough to have a son) to compete against. It's all a numbers game. Thin that herd!
I hope more and more people don't let their kids play, maybe it'll give Dozo Jr. (just a place holding name) a shot.
Look I'm no fool, I know given my gene pool the chance my offspring is talented enough to get a scholarship or make the NFL are about the same chances that I'll win Powerball Saturday night, but there is technically a chance. The more and more people not allowing their kids to play just gives me a greater chance of fathering a pro athlete. I think I can speak for most guys that that's a dream of most men, to live there dreams vicariously through their child. Historically this works out well for all parties involved.
So yeah JT, give your kid a saxophone or a soccer ball. While you might think one less kid doesn't make a difference, like a penny you find on the sidewalk they all add up. If 30 million more parents follow in Justin Timberlake's footsteps than I really love Dozo Jr's chances at getting drafted in around 2045.
Who THE FUCK are the Tennessee Boys? Nobody wants to see them. Bring out JC, Lance, Joey Fatone and Chris Kirtpatrick, brother.