Just weeks after the NCAA officially sent Kansas a notice of allegations over those made against the basketball program, the Jayhawks had Snoop Dogg in town for a performance at midnight madness. Some aspects of Snoop’s show were almost comically out of sync with what Kansas probably wants to present under the guise of the NCAA.
The allegations against Kansas stem from the pay-for-play scandal investigated by the NCAA. Snoop wasn’t too concerned about things though, he went on with his usual show.
That meant guns shooting fake money over the Jayhawk recruits in attendance, and pole dancers on the court at the Phog. None of that seems out of step with what you’d expect by one of his concerts, but evidently the powers that be at KU were completely blindsided, or so they say.
Athletic director Jeff Long apologized after the performance, stating that the program expected a more clean version of Snoop Dogg’s normal show.
His statement featured this incredible line, about Snoop’s dancers:
“I take full responsibility for not understanding what acrobatic dancers are in today’s entertainment world and offer my personal apology to anyone who was offended.”
I’m not sure what type of dancing Long was expecting as the poles were put up on the court, but I digress…
Snoop has now responded to the controversy, with a recent appearance on The Howard Stern Show. As you’d expect, the rap legend is taking things in stride, and ensured listeners that everyone involved had a great time.
“The audience enjoyed that sh*t,” Snoop said. “I don’t know what the f*ck they talking about.”
Stern asked Snoop about being asked to leave after the performance … which he denies.
“That’s a motherf**king lie. I had the time of my life. I enjoyed myself, hung out with the basketball teams.”
Snoop Dogg believes that the only reason there was any issue at all was because of the backlash against Kansas, but wants to assure everyone moving forward: if you hire him to do a show, he’s going to do his show, and that means money guns and acrobatic dancers in the context of the 2019 “entertainment world.”
“I think it was more the publicity of what I did. they had to cover it up. And, I respect them, and I wasn’t gonna put no smut on their name and say they did anything wrong because they invited me to come do what I do.”
“And, when you pay for Snoop Dogg, you gon’ get Snoop Dogg.”
Kansas might want to lay low in general, but it’s hard to blame Snoop Dogg here at all, and it is hard to imagine anyone being super shocked and appalled by his performance.