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University of Kansas apologizes after Snoop Dogg’s show featuring pole dancers and profanity

(CNN) — Kansas
Jayhawks athletic director Jeff Long issued an apology Friday
night following Snoop Dogg’s raucous performance at an annual university event
that included pole dancers.

The hip-hop artist’s appearance at the
“Late Night in the Phog” kickoff at the University of Kansas caused
controversy when Snoop, wearing a blue No. 20 Kansas jersey, sang to a cheering crowd while backed by
dancers twirling around stripper poles.

He also shot a money gun full of fake $100
bills with his face on them during
his performance at the end of the basketball preseason celebration.

“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.”

Kansas men’s basketball coach Bill Self spoke to
reporters after the event on Friday and said he was caught off-guard by the
performance, which he thought would be “radio-edited”.

“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.”

The Jayhawks coach missed the majority of the
performance because he wasn’t feeling well but said he didn’t know there would
be pole dancers or a money gun.

While Snoop’s performance was met with loud
screams and excited fans asking for autographs, Self and Long were not prepared
for what Snoop would bring to the court.

“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,” said Long.

Last week, the Kansas Jayhawks were charged by the NCAA
with five Level I and two Level II violations, including a lack of institution
control charge and a violation of coaching responsibilities standard.

In the midst of the controversy, Snoop Dogg
will be holding a free concert on
Saturday at the grand opening of Hotbox Farms, a marijuana dispensary in
Ontario, Oregon.