Rihanna Hey, Football ... Don't Kick Me Around!

9/17/2014 12:02 AM PDT

Rihanna -- Hey, Football ... Don't Kick Me Around!

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Rihanna's defending herself after the NFL and CBS pulled her musical open from Thursday Night Football ... amid the Ray Rice domestic violence scandal.

The heart of her message is pretty clear -- Queen RiRi is nobody's pawn.