Kansas basketball: Admin shouldn’t apologize for Snoop Dogg

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JUNE 28: Snoop Dogg performs at Masters Of Ceremony 2019 at Barclays Center on June 28, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JUNE 28: Snoop Dogg performs at Masters Of Ceremony 2019 at Barclays Center on June 28, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images) /

Kansas basketball hosted rapper Snoop Dogg at its annual Late Night in the Phog event last Friday. The University and basketball program has been heavily scrutinized for Snoop Dogg’s rated R act, but nobody should be apologizing.

Here’s the deal: you can hate Snoop Dogg and his performance at Allen Fieldhouse all you want, but that doesn’t make it any less great. If anything, it just adds fuel to the fire. Kansas basketball is better for it too.

Snoop Dogg has been rapping for over 20 years now, his style isn’t exactly unknown to the world. He’s sold millions of albums (over 37 million, actually) and is one of the biggest names in music and pop culture.

Snoop is going to perform his act because that’s who he’s built himself up to be: a guy that doesn’t care about how you feel about him. Expecting him to go out there and put on a tame show is extremely naive, and the Kansas basketball administration shouldn’t apologize for Snoop doing his thing.

Having him perform at Kansas is quite possibly one of the coolest things ever for students, players, and fans; however, not everyone approved of Snoop’s act. The loud minority has been extremely vocal, claiming that the dancers, lyrics, and imagery were inappropriate for a college campus.

What a load of you-know-what that is.

Anyone and I mean anyone that has spent time in just about any student section knows that there’s a heck of a lot more vulgar things directed at officials, opposing players, and opposing coaches.

Not only that, but the performance was well after all the basketball activities concluded at the Late Night event. One could have stayed, watched both the men’s and women’s team scrimmage, as well as seen both men and women’s head coaches speak, without watching Snoop Dogg.

If having a music and genre transcendent artist perform unfiltered is still an issue, think of it like this: it was an amazing recruiting tool for the program.

Come play at Kansas where you can meet Snoop Dogg, play for a hall of fame coach, and have one of the strongest fanbases in the world behind you. Having an artist like Snoop perform makes the Kansas basketball program look cool and fun, despite the recent NCAA allegations.

Our Through the Phog Twitter page ran a poll on the issue. So far, that poll has received over 13,000 votes:

The overwhelming majority has voted in favor of Snoop’s performance, despite all the bad publicity it’s gotten for Kansas.

Overall, the Late Night in the Phog 2019 was fun and certainly memorable. The sad part is that Kansas will probably go for a much tamer artist next year with hopes of appeasing the loud minority.

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Whatever the administration decides to do though, Snoop Dogg’s performance at Allen Fieldhouse will be remembered as one of the most legendary moments in the history of Kansas basketball, for better or worse.