Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Snoop Dog says Kansas had to ‘cover up’ his Late Night in the Phog appearance after controversy
By ADAM ZAGORIASnoop Dog says that Kansas had to “cover up” his controversial “Late Night in the Phog” appearance from last Friday that involved pole dancers and a money gun spraying fake $100 bills into the crowd.
When Snoop performed at “Late Night in the Phog” wearing a No. 20 Jayhawks jersey, the event appeared to be a humorous hat tip to the NCAA investigation of Kansas related to its connection with Adidas and the allegations that the program paid the families and handlers of Silvio de Sousa and Billy Preston.
Kansas has been charged with lack of institutional control, three Level 1 violations in men’s basketball and a head coach responsibility charge against coach Bill Self, who posed with Snoop Dogg for pictures.
“I just think it was more the publicity of what I did,” Snoop Dogg said Tuesday on the Howard Stern Show in Los Angeles. “They had to cover it up and I respect them and I wasn’t going to put no smut on their name and say they did anything wrong because they invited me to come do what I do.
“When you pay for Snoop Dogg, you’re going to get Snoop Dog.”
Kansas AD Jeff Long later issued an apology because apparently he had no idea what was involved in a Snoop Dogg show.
“We apologize for the Snoop Dogg performance at Late Night,” he said. “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.”
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.