Next time you see one of those sweet NCAA commercials about how it’s all so nice and how the majority of collegiate athletes go professional in “something other than sports” — you may now also remember that a percentage of college graduate women end up pole dancing in strip clubs.
At least that’s what came to mind for many watching hip hop icon Snoop Dogg in his enthusiastic performance to open up the University of Kansas basketball season.
Snoop slayed the crowd with some help from his pole dancer friends. It was nasty — and you can define that as good nasty or bad nasty, depending on your perspective. The people in the arena seemed to love it. Maybe it was when Snoop shot money out of a money gun, making fans scramble to collect the flying bills? Yeah, could have been that. Or, again, maybe the pole dancers.
Kansas gets the best of both worlds. The university got to seem extraordinarily hip for the duration of the show, and then they got to apologize and fashion a return to the more decorous business of higher education.
Kansas Athletic Director Jeff Long said in a statement: “We apologize for the Snoop Dogg performance at Late Night. 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.” .
In other words if KU fans didn’t want to see strippers, Snoop and pole dancing, the doors were open. Beat it.