Snoop Dogg defends KU show: ‘The audience enjoyed that s—’Sporting News — (Chelsea Howard)
After the University of Kansas faced backlash for Snoop Dogg's performance at the Jayhawks' "Late Night at the Phog" event Friday, the rapper defended his show and said he has no regrets.
Snoop Dogg's concert at the university's annual basketball kickoff event was met with controversy after the rapper took the court at Allen Fieldhouse. His 35-minute performance featured pole dancers, a money cannon that sent fake $100 bills with Snoop Dogg's face and marijuana leaves on them into the audience and unfiltered lyrics.
"When you pay for Snoop Dogg, you gonna get Snoop Dogg," he said.
Kansas athletic director Jeff Long issued an apology shortly after the show, admitting KU fell short of creating a family atmosphere.
"We apologize for the Snoop Dogg performance at Late Night," Long said in a statement. "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."
Snoop Dogg admitted the apology caught him off guard, but said "he had the time of my life" in Lawrence, Kansas.
"I just think it was more the publicity of what I did. They had to cover it up," he added. "And I respect them. And I wasn't gonna put no smut on their name and say that they did anything wrong, because they invited me to come do what I do."
The concert came just days after Kansas was hit with a Notice of Allegations from the NCAA, which included lack of institutional control and failure to comply with coaching responsibility standards in regards to alleged payments Adidas representatives made to players.