Snoop Dogg’s performance at the University of Kansas was a bit much for the college.
According to The Associated Press, the University of Kansas has issued an apology following Snoop’s “R-rated performance” at the school’s “Late Night in the Phog” annual basketball kickoff event on Friday night (Oct. 4). Apparently, the rapper’s performance consisted of stripper poles and fake money, which was shot out over the heads of fans and prospective students.
The University of Kansas’ athletic director Jeff Long released a statement apologizing to anyone who may have been offended. “We apologize to anyone who was offended by the Snoop Dogg performance at Late Night,” said Long. “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.”
According to Rap-Up, Snoop’s performance took place amid the university being investigated for alleged violations from the NACC, including a lack of institutional control charge. The performance was intended to serve as a moral boost for the players, fans and recruits in light of the scandal.
Snoop’s performance included unedited versions of “Gin and Juice” and “Drop It Like It’s Hot.” Pole dancers performed to the records, while $100 bills with Snoop’s face on them were dispersed throughout the crowd.
KU’s coach also spoke on the performance, saying he was unaware that it was going to be as explicit as it was. “I didn’t know there was going to be anything like that,” said Bill Self. “I was told this was radio edited and everything else, so I don’t guess you have visuals on radio. But no, that’s not the direction that anybody at our school would want that to go at all. Regardless of the entertainment it provided, it’s still not the right way to provide the entertainment.”
The celebration has been held for the past 35 years to commemorate the kick off of basketball practices.