NBC Apologizes for M.I.A.'s Super Bowl Middle Finger Moment

Posted Monday February 6, 2012 10:06 AM GMT

She's no stranger to controversy, and M.I.A. was back to her trouble-making ways during Sunday night's (February 5) Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis.

The 36-year-old singer was performing alongside Madonna and Nicki Minaj when she suddenly decided to flip up her middle finger for the NBC cameras covering the Bridgestone sponsored halftime show.

With fines quite possibly on the way, an NBC spokesperson issued a statement immediately following the incident, as the rep remorsefully told, "We apologize for the inappropriate gesture that aired during halftime. It was a spontaneous gesture that our delay system caught late."

Placing complete blame on the television network, the NFL also commented on the family-unfriendly moment, as the league said, "There was a failure in NBC's delay system. The obscene gesture in the performance was completely inappropriate, very disappointing, and we apologize to our fans."

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