Following a semi-controversial performance by Snoop Dogg at Allen Fieldhouse on Friday night for “Late Night in the Phog”, Kansas athletic director Jeff Long has issued an apology.
Snoop Dogg’s performance included pole dancers, a money gun and profanity… because, ya know, that’s likely what you’ll get when you hire … Snoop Dogg. Snoop performed at the end of the night following scrimmages by the men’s and women’s basketball teams.
In a statement, Jeff Long said, “We apologize for the Snoop Dogg performance at Late Night. We made it clear to the entertainers’ managers that we expected a clean version of the show and took additional steps to communicate to our fans, including moving the artist to the final act of the evening, to ensure that no basketball activities would be missed if anyone did not want to stay for his show. I take full responsibility for not thoroughly vetting all the details of the performance and offer my personal apology to those who were offended. We strive to create a family atmosphere at Kansas and fell short of that this evening.”
Snoop played for about 35 minutes and at one point, he shot a money gun full of fake $100 bills featuring his face over the team bench areas.
After the performance, head coach Bill Self said he was caught off guard by some of its content after being told it would be “radio edited.” Self missed most of the performance.
“That’s not the direction that anybody at our school would want that to go at all,” Self said. “Regardless of the entertainment that it provided many, it was still not the right way to provide the entertainment.”
This controversy comes as the Kansas basketball program is facing five NCAA Level I violations, including a lack of institutional control charge and a violation of coaching responsibilities standard.
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