Friday, October 4, 2019

KU athletic director apologizes for risque Snoop Dogg show at Late Night in the Phog

Rapper Snoop Dogg performs for the Allen Fieldhouse crowd during Late Night in the Phog on Friday, Oct. 4, 2019 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Rapper Snoop Dogg performs for the Allen Fieldhouse crowd during Late Night in the Phog on Friday, Oct. 4, 2019 at Allen Fieldhouse.


Kansas Athletic Director Jeff Long apologized Friday for a Late Night in the Phog performance by rapper Snoop Dogg that included stripper poles on the Allen Fieldhouse floor and fake money shot over the heads of prospective recruits.

“I take full responsibility for not thoroughly vetting all the details of the performance and offer my personal apology to those who were offended,” Long said in the statement released just before midnight Friday. “We strive to create a family atmosphere at Kansas and fell short of that this evening.”

The performance included pole dancers gyrating on the court, profanity-laced lyrics, and a money gun loaded with fake $100 bills featuring Snoop Dogg’s face. The fake money was shot in the direction of KU basketball recruits.

The show came just 11 days after KU received the NCAA’s equivalent of an indictment that alleges KU was involved in a pay-for-play scheme to attract recruits to the school, among other NCAA violations. Specifically, the allegations — which if proven could result in postseason bans, losses of scholarships and other penalties — state representatives of Adidas paid family members or guardians of recruits to attend KU.

Adidas was a partner in bringing Snoop Dogg to the Late Night in the Phog event. KU officials worked with the rapper’s representatives and Adidas to land the hip-hop artist for the 35th edition of Late Night and celebrated the achievement by releasing a social media video starring KU coach Bill Self last week when the appearance was confirmed.

Long said in his statement that KU officials “made it clear” to Snoop’s representatives during a couple of months of negotiations and coordination that KU “expected a clean version of the show.” Instead, Snoop Dogg brought roughly two-thirds of his full tour act, which road crews began setting up at 6 a.m. Wednesday, and did not hold back while wearing a blue, No. 20 Kansas basketball jersey and performing several of his own hits and a sampling of others in front of a frenzied Allen Fieldhouse.

After a delay of nearly 45 minutes from the end of the show to the time he appeared in the media room, Self expressed his displeasure with the performance during his seven-minute meeting with the media.

“I didn’t know that there was going to be anything like that,” said Self, who noted that the delay was the result of him visiting with recruits and their families. “I was told this was radio edited and everything else. So I don’t guess you have visuals on radio. I learned that tonight. That’s not the direction that anybody at our school would want that to go at all. Regardless of the entertainment that it provided many, it was still not the right way to provide the entertainment.”

While the KU men’s and women’s basketball teams, along with most of the crowd, danced and sang along with Snoop Dogg and his act throughout the set, Self caught just the beginning.

“I only stayed for a couple songs,” the KU coach said. “I wasn’t feeling well so I went back to the locker room. I didn’t see the majority of what went down, but certainly I got a pretty good idea based on the first couple of songs.”

Prior to the show, Snoop Dogg visited the KU locker room and introduced himself to the team. Pictures of Snoop Dogg in the KU locker room and even a video of him teaching Self the opening bars to “Nuthin' But a 'G' Thang” were posted to KU’s social media accounts.

"That’s what’s happened whenever we’ve done this,” Self said of Snoop Dogg's locker room visit, noting that recent acts Tech N9ne, Lil Yachty and 2 Chainz did the same. “We’ve always had an opportunity to see the guys beforehand. So he did that for five minutes and then I think he went and saw the women’s team after that.”

Snoop Dogg’s portion of Late Night came after the men’s and women’s teams finished their skits and scrimmages. Putting the musical guest at the end of the event was a new wrinkle added this year, which, according to Long’s statement, was done “to ensure that no basketball activities would be missed if anyone did not want to stay for his show.”

“It was better having the entertainer go last, format-wise,” Self said after the event.


Steve Zimmerman 3 years, 2 months ago

My post 4 days ago:

Stupid.. that's my opinion. Be the difference maker. Not a follower. Invite the AGT folks, inspire kids, college students with positive people, not gangster-lifestyle, not sex-, not drugs- lifestyle. This is the University of Kansas, people. What's so special with these rappers? SMH...

And now you guys just realized that? Unbelievable... Would've been a much more meaningful night had Self’s choice of Darius Rucker (Hootie and the Blowfish) was available.

Joe Ross 3 years, 2 months ago

I couldn't feel more opposite.

Pretending the world does not exist doesn't make it go away. The show was the best ever seen at Late Night, by FAR and without question.

Gerry Butler 3 years, 2 months ago

agree 100 % Joe - -it's called reality , love the act - -NOT STUPID PERIOD. - it's today's society - not still living in the 70's/80's - - just how things are - at least 90% of people there watching Snoop loved him was a great night

Steve Zimmerman 3 years, 2 months ago

I'd love to see those AD, coaches, players, dance with the real trophy instead of dancing with the rapper & those acrobatic dancers. We've got enough headaches with the NCAA, with this, expect more negative news coming our ways. Joe & others, try to get this: not all potential high-ranking recruits like this kind of sh*t, there are more God-loving men out there that would work their butts off to compete to the next level.

Joe Ross 3 years, 2 months ago

It's a false choice. You can actually dance with the real trophy AND dance with Snoop.

Try to get this: more potential high ranking recruits like this music than not. By far. No recruit who came has said they didn't enjoy it. In fact, coming out against an event the recruits enjoyed actually plays negatively in the minds of the recruits.

Like Kansas doesn't get it.

You should listen to some 50's music where "making love" made it's way into the lyrics. Teens were consumers of music then. This was 60-70 years ago.

It's time to stop pretending the world doesn't exist.

It's too late to worry about Kansas' image. Townsend and Self himself saw to that. It's both ironic and hypocritical that now they want to bash Snoop, whose concert was in NO WAY against any NCAA rules and will create no recruiting violations as a result.

C'mon maaaan....

Bee Bee 3 years, 2 months ago

Amen. Have some damn class, humility, and common decency. Oh and some damn common sense. Anyone with a brain knows what this kind of, "Entertainment" brings with it. Garbage that is what. Wake up, K U. There is enough going on without drawing more negative attention to yourself. Focus on playing basketball and winning titles. Period. PRIORITIES!

Patrick Bryant 3 years, 1 month ago

Sources say that the NCAA paid Snoop to do what he did.

Danny Hernandez 3 years, 2 months ago

from everything I've heard, ppl loved Snoop and the entire event, times have changed and ppl need to chill.

Thank You Snoop

Joe Ross 3 years, 2 months ago

Couldn't agree more. Walking from the event last night, I was super-excited that Kansas finally seemed to be catching up. If you want to be concerned about the image Kansas is projecting, focus on your own recruiting tactics and be less concerned about Snoop.

The show was absolutely incredible and this was a huge positive for the fans and the recruits.

James Miller 3 years, 2 months ago

I realize times "have changed," but that does not mean they have changed for the better. Late Night should be a family event, and Snoop is an adult-only performer.

I don't care all that much, but they should have warned the crowd that what they were about to experience was not PG.

Joe Ross 3 years, 2 months ago

So this is how it went, James.

All the activities for the event had come to a conclusion except for the concert. At that point, four girls dressed rather scantily came out and started polishing their stripper poles.

That was the warning.

Some families heeded it and left. Not many, mind you, but a few. Allen probably lost 300-500 people. But the warning was self-evident. I heard one lady remark prior to the performance, "If you didn't know what kind of show this was gonna be coming in here, the girls removed any doubt."

...and SHE danced to every song.

They were warned.

Brett McCabe 3 years, 2 months ago

There are times when the leaders of programs need to relax and shut up. Neither Self or Long have learned that lesson. Headline on ESPN: Kansas Officials Apologize for Rowdy Snoop Dog show. What a couple of whiny b...... Is there anyone in the KUAD who has a single clue?

Other things that might surprise Self/Long:

  1. The Sausage Party movie poster does, indeed, have phallic symbol on it.
  2. The Lotus does, indeed, often represent a female body part.
  3. Bi-Curious does not describe someone who is interested in learning binary code.
  4. Metrosexual does not describe someone who wants to have Sex in the City
  5. “I Can’t Get No Satisfaction” does not describe an unsavory customer service experience at a tea shop

No one is embarrassed by Snoop’s performance. Everyone is embarrassed by the two, dumb white dudes in charge of the basketball program.

Joe Ross 3 years, 2 months ago

I mean the following honestly. On a night when Kansas practically made love to Adidas in full view of the audience, it seems more than a bit duplicitous that they would be concerned about the image Snoop's concert would portray. The latter had the indisputable advantage of at least entertaining the fans.

The show was nothing short of phenomenal. An unqualified success.

(Congrats, Kansas...for "accidentally" doing something RIGHT.)

Karen Mansfield-Stewart 3 years, 2 months ago

I get that you need to provide a family atmosphere. It was not an adults only venue therefore you need to show some discretion with the artist and lyrics. Raging on Long and Self for apologizing to families with kids there that might have been offended because the artist was using inappropriate language doesn’t make sense. However, I was upset I couldn’t watch Snoop on ESPN + and, being an adult without my kids around, would have loved to have been there. Glad they had fun and at least the crowd had a choice to stay or not since it was the finale.

Joe Ross 3 years, 2 months ago

They were free to leave. It was the last event of the night.

What doesn't make sense is the false concern over Kansas' image. As far as SNOOP goes, we've got to just try to work and figure out a way because if that's what it takes to get him here for an evening at Kansas, we're going to have to do it some way.

(Everybody's hands went UP...and they stayed there.)

Richard Hernandez 3 years, 2 months ago

Hell yeah. Snoop dog rocked the Fieldhouse just what we needed! Especially with everything not so Good right now. He brought lots energy to the house! In the end just fun entertainment that's all!....also nobody got hurt!😎🤘🏼

Brett Hathaway 3 years, 2 months ago

I really wish I could have seen that. And, HCBS wanted to bring in Darius Rucker - Hootie and the Blowfish? Nah, no thanks!

Michael Leiker 3 years, 2 months ago

Snoop we want the PG version...wink wink nod nod

Ryan Shelton 3 years, 2 months ago

By having Snoop Dog perform (and knowing full-well what was going to take place--and yes, they moved the performance to the end of the night for just that reason) they got to update their image to a younger generation in this brave new world. By apologizing afterwards, they get to appear magnanimous to an older generation who took them at their word when this event was billed as a "family atmosphere." Best of both worlds. Everybody's satisfied in the end.

No, KU and the "two white dudes" are not stupid.

Steven Haag 3 years, 2 months ago

Your rationale is interesting. You all say that we need to get used to the new, younger generation....HMMM!!!! So let’s let “the squad” have their way. Green new deal, socialism, free health care, open borders....and alas the destruction of America. Sometimes the new, younger idea is STUPID. I will side with Bill and the AD on this one. Anyone want to bet if Snoop is the headliner next year????

Dane Pratt 3 years, 2 months ago

The destruction of America or at least what used to be a democracy is taking place right before your eyes with President Ass Clown. A rapper said some naughty words Steven. Get a grip.

Micky Baker 3 years, 2 months ago

You're part of the problem in politics. It isn't just about who performed, but the side performers with kids there. A lot of peer pressure in that place last night or I suspect half the people would have left.

Joe Ross 3 years, 2 months ago

Even performances that "Bill and the AD" liked in prior years were never brought back the subsequent year, so I don't know what point you're trying to prove with the question. Snoop Dogg has nothing to do with free health care or the green new deal. Your attempt to mix politics--and your flavor of it to boot--with a concert event fails, but thank you for the effort.

Micky Baker 3 years, 2 months ago

Joe, culture and politics are pretty much inseparable. It didn't use to be the case. The nation is pretty divided right now because one side is trying to force the other side to just "accept" one culture or another. Knowing that there were kids present, it wasn't in good taste at best to have scantily clad women on stripper poles and to push this culture. If it was a concert at Verizon Wireless Ampitheatre, then people go knowing who is performing and are fans of it. That was not the case last night. The people went to see the basketball team.

Joe Ross 3 years, 2 months ago

It's a hard sell to say culture and politics are inseparable. Even when they do overlap, more often than not they can still be considered separately, and the connection is not a necessary one. Lebron James, for example, needn't comment on the President, nor does the latter need to make commentary about sports--even though the athlete is not an expert in politics, nor does the politician have any credibility in sports. That's not being inseparable. That's just arbitrarily projecting your opinion into domains that you don't belong in. Now sure, you can find necessary connections here and there (like the role of transgender athletes in sports).

This subject matter, however, is NOT one that requires any consideration of politics. It's not like Snoop is going to be impeached.

Micky Baker 3 years, 2 months ago

Nope, Snoop won't be impeached. You're right. He didn't really go into politics in his performance, but our political system is pushing diversity of culture, just not tolerance of other the thoughts of other people. Last night had nothing to with politics, but to pretend they're somehow not tied together in the modern Liberal American is silly. That is why they are not inseparable, and it is not me that made it that way. I just acknowledge it. Like this talk, "times have changed". Snoop Dog isn't a new guy on the scene. He's been around for 30 years. He's been making records since before most of the students at the event last night were born. Everyone knows that the "exotic" dancers were not tasteful and probably wouldn't have made the show worse if they were not included in the exhibition. I've been to plenty of concerts where there was some sort of risque parts of the performance in many of them, but that isn't why I went and that isn't why you would buy a ticket to a Snoop Dogg concert.

Bill Kackley 3 years, 2 months ago

Steve you are very good at spewing out false republican talking points.

Joe Ross 3 years, 2 months ago

This is a comment more appropriate for ""

Dane Pratt 3 years, 2 months ago

Since when? People have been spewing political commentary here on a regular basis since whenever. If it was against policy, KUSports would include it in their user agreement. It would be more appropriate for and that's where I would prefer to read it but, as you say, you are free to leave.

Joe Ross 3 years, 2 months ago

Since when?

Since always.

Sure people have spewed political commentary here on a regular basis. But I could regale you with a list of things that people regularly do that they have a right to do, but are nevertheless inadvisable. You want a political example? Westboro Baptist pickets soldiers funerals. They have the right to do it, yes. But that doesn't mean they're not a$$clowns for it.

Is the light on yet?

Micky Baker 3 years, 2 months ago

Here's the thing. Wouldn't you want them to have the right to do it so you know who they are instead of just suppressing it?

Joe Ross 3 years, 2 months ago

See the comments I've made elsewhere. You'll find an answer to your question there.

Dane Pratt 3 years, 2 months ago

Then you should appoint yourself the KUSports Czar and rule on what is inappropriate commentary. Or, you can take your own advice and walk away. That’s what I’m going to do.

Joe Ross 3 years, 2 months ago

With respect, you've taken the wrong aspect from my point. I didn't say people should have walked away. I'm saying they had the choice to or not. So if we're being consistent, it's fair to point out that I can do that now, just as you suggest. At least that much you have right.

But now here's the difference. This is a site whose purpose and focus is sports. Not politics. To draw parallels to the event, the purpose and focus of Late Night is entertainment. The crowd was entertained. The recruits were entertained (I saw them dancing). No one was talking about AOC or Donald Trump or Nancy Pelosi at the concert so far as I know.

I'm not saying that political discussion here is inappropriate on the basis of free speech or anything of the sort. No. Each of us is certainly free to express any opinion we wish. On the contrary, my objection is on the basis of relevance, and it appears only one of us is trying to keep the discussion consistent with the purpose of the forum.

But do as you wish...

Mallory Briggans 3 years, 2 months ago

Steve traded in his MAGA hat for a MAWA hat

Steven Haag 3 years, 2 months ago

Bill, not Republican talking points. The squad has said it out loud. Plenty of video to back it up. But keep your head in the sand. Thank God there are 10’s of millions that don’t want us to end up like Venezuela. If the AD and staff had told their crew to give the family friendly version, then shame on them. With that said, I’m not sure that Snoop even has a family friendly version, so then shame on the AD and staff for hiring him

Trace Stark 3 years, 2 months ago

SHAME ON YOU, Steven... "the squad" are freshmen in congress. You're spewing traitorous 45's venom...

Titus Canby 3 years, 2 months ago

I think it's great that we had Snoop Dog perform at Late Night. He's been around since at least the early 90s, if not before. He appeals to multiple generations. For the same reason, I'd like to see the Rainmakers next year. Love to hear them sing Big Fat Blonde and Government Cheese in the Fieldhouse.

Anyone remember the year Michael Beers sang at Late Night?

Steven Haag 3 years, 2 months ago

Progressives will be progressive. Conservatives will be conservative. Bill and the AD honestly had to know that Snoop wouldn’t be singing Church hymns, so shame on them for hiring him. They are in sort of a tough spot. They want to please the recruits and know they have to try and get performers that the “kids” can relate to. They also need to try and appease the boosters. I can guarantee that the really BIG boosters do not own any Snoop CD’s. Many people like Snoop and many people find him repulsive. Most likely not a wise choice as they had to know that they were going to piss off one faction. Thus they tried to talk to Snoops people and ask him to give the watered down version. As many would have guessed, it was a colossal fail.

Trace Stark 3 years, 2 months ago

Now you want church hymns? Why are you repulsed by an artist's work? What kind of control freak must you be?

Steven Haag 3 years, 2 months ago

Best comment yet @Barry. Let’s just play some ball

Doug Roberts 3 years, 2 months ago

This is what DESPERATE programs do. Not KU. The program should sell itself, not stripper poles and rappers dropping the N word for cool points.

Joe Ross 3 years, 2 months ago

Comments like these are reflective of a fan base that is numb to any idea of how to move a program forward.

"Not KU".

Keep with that mindset, and among the successful will be "not KU".

Mark Wooden 3 years, 2 months ago

Apparantly Adidas isn't a very effective booster to the program.

Doug Roberts 3 years, 2 months ago

You hired an entertainer for an all ages show that became famous for dropping the "N word" in his music and smoking dope. What did you f*cking expect?!?

There are two audiences you are trying to satisfy: The all ages audience, and the recruit audience. You really can't entertain both to their satisfaction.

Time to decide: Fan base or Recruits.

Maybe consider a band/singer not known for expletives and illegal behavior? Or, screw it, and whatever the 18 year old recruit wants the 18 year old recruit gets.

Bottom line: satisfy the thousands of fans paying $$$ for tickets, jerseys, etc, or entertain the kids that might commit to KU.

You really CAN entertain both.

Steve Zimmerman 3 years, 2 months ago

This is why program like Louisville, Florida failed. They 'entertain' the players - satisfy their needs or whatever. If you want to really inspire them, invite His Airness, Black Mamba, that's the way to go. Fans will appreciate the result in the end. As you said: time to decide: fan base or recruits!!

Peter Miles 3 years, 2 months ago

I did not attend, and I did not see any of this.

Initially, I thought that the comments here were going to be that the general theme of the performance, at least as described here, seemed to be aimed at encouraging recruiting violations - throwing cash and strippers at recruits when the program is already under investigation.

Kyle Neuer 3 years, 2 months ago

Sounds like Bill and the AD have a huge stick up their butts and the apology makes them look out of it and whiny. A pox on "family friendly" at an event to get the students pumped for the upcoming season, in which we will kick ass and take names.

Dane Pratt 3 years, 2 months ago

I'm not buying the apology. I think both knew what was going to happen and both apologized because that's what the head coach and AD are supposed to do in that situation.

Tony Bandle 3 years, 1 month ago

Gee...did something happen at Allen Field House last Friday??

Bryce Landon 3 years, 1 month ago

You're going to bring in a guy who dresses like a pimp when he hosts his bastardized version of "The Joker's Wild" (and Jack Barry would turn in his grave if he knew what Snoop did to his show) and who spends an inordinate amount of time talking about his love for the hippie lettuce, what do you expect? I wouldn't even blame a jackass like Snoop for this; this is on the KU Athletic Department for bringing him in to begin with! Disgraceful, disgusting, and despicable!

Bryce Landon 3 years, 1 month ago

You know it's bad when Jim Rome is talking about Snoop Dogg's show at KU. Rome almost NEVER talks Jayhawk sports unless something bad or embarrassing happens at Kansas. He clowned Jeff Long hard for not knowing what "acrobatic dancers" are. >.<

Robert Robinson 3 years, 1 month ago

I hope one of these days we can all grow up and stop acting like life is like an episode of Leave it to Beaver. This is what the kids like. Flashy rappers pushing the limits. I saw Self wanted Darius Rucker from Hootie and the Blowfish. I've got news for you, these recruits coming out of Chicago, Atlanta and other big cities don't want to sit through a "country" music concert. I'm actually embarrassed that this is such a big deal. Everyone needs to put on your big girl panties and move on

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