Kansas apologizes for ‘acrobatic dancers’ in Snoop Dogg’s performance

Kansas brought Snoop Dogg in to perform Friday night at its “Late Night in the Phog,” an annual event marking the start of the college basketball season. It did not go as planned.

The university’s athletic director, Jeff Long, had to issue an apology for the performance after receiving several complaints. Snoop Dogg’s show included women dancing on poles, explicit lyrics and a money gun that shot fake cash featuring the rapper’s face.

Long’s statement:

“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.”

Video footage of Snoop Dogg’s performance landed on social media.

“I didn’t know there was going to be anything like that,” men’s basketball coach Bill Self said Friday night, via the Kansas City Star. “I was told this was radio edited and everything else.”

Self added: “[I] went back in the locker room. I didn’t listen to or see the majority of what went down. Certainly I got a pretty good idea based on the first couple songs.”

Snoop Dogg’s performance happened at the end of the night and lasted about 35 minutes, according to ESPN. 


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“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.”

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