The NFL’s first lawsuit against M.I.A. — for that middle finger she flashed during the Super Bowl halftime show back in 2012 — was for a mere $1.5 million. She took it public, so now they are trying to sue for an additional $15.1 million in “restitution.” Okay, NFL! M.I.A’s lawyers are fighting back with a long list of the lewd things the NFL has allowed on its watch: Michael Jackson’s crotch-grab, Prince’s shadow-penis, even Madonna’s backup dancers. Presumably they are also using common sense as a defense.
M.I.A. performs during the Bridgestone Super Bowl XLVI Halftime Show at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 5, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Photo: Christopher Polk/Getty Images