Kansas issues apology after Snoop Dogg performance

A raucous performance by rapper Snoop Dogg led to an apology from Kansas athletic director Jeff Long on Friday night.

Performing at the end of “Late Night in the Phog,” a preseason celebration following scrimmages by the men’s and women’s basketball teams, the rapper put on a bawdy show at Allen Fieldhouse that included pole dancers and profanity.

In a statement about the event, Long took responsibility for not vetting the show.

“We apologize to anyone who was offended by the Snoop Dogg performance at Late Night,” the statement begins. “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.”

Snoop Dogg met with players from both teams before taking the court for the show, during which he sprayed both benches with fake money bearing his face.

Coach Bill Self said the show was not what he expected.

“That’s not the direction that anybody at our school would want that to go at all,” he said, per ESPN. “Regardless of the entertainment that it provided many, it was still not the right way to provide the entertainment.”

Scrutiny over the event comes on the heels of Kansas receiving a notice of allegations from the NCAA last month that cited major violations in the men’s basketball program and lesser violations regarding the football program.

Self was charged with head coach responsibility violations. The school was charged with lack of institutional control. Three Level I violations — the most severe under NCAA rules — are alleged against the men’s basketball team, and the football team faces Level II allegations.

Self, who won an NCAA title at the school in 2008 among his three Final Four seasons, could face an NCAA suspension of one season or more.

The Jayhawks were among the schools that were mentioned in the FBI’s investigation into corruption in the sport that led to the arrest of 10 people, including four assistant coaches, in September 2017.