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Alabama fires 'DJ' from Iron Bowl

Posted on: November 29, 2010 9:41 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli

Before the Iron Bowl on Friday, Cam Newton and his Auburn teammates warmed up on the field to a couple of specially selected songs.  Newton had already been showered in fake money by the Alabama student section as he made his way to the field, and once he was out there the songs "Son of a Preacher Man" and "Take the Money and Run."

Obviously, the selections were in reference to the rumors that Newton's father Cecil Newton, a preacher, was shopping his son to the highest bidder after he left Florida. Honestly, when I heard about all of this before the game started, I found it to be rather amusing.  Maybe it wasn't the classiest way to go about things, but it wasn't exactly harmful.

Well, unless that was what motivated Newton to lead the Tigers back from a 24-0 deficit and win the game, but considering how things went in the first half, i doubt that's the case.  Either way, the man who was in charge of those musical selections has been fired by the school.

"Our processes require that all music and videos played in the stadium prior to and during every game be carefully scripted and approved by a senior administrator in the Athletics Department," Alabama public relations director Deborah Lane said in a statement. "The former staff member deviated from the script that had been approved for the game with Auburn, and the University took steps to immediately terminate his contract."

"The University of Alabama takes great pride in our football team's long-standing tradition of playing the game with dignity and class, and showing respect for players and coaches of opposing teams. We are disappointed when the actions of any staff member undermine our deeply held values and expectations."

Am I the only one who finds this to be a bit of an overreaction?  So the guy played some songs that weren't on a pre-selected list,* it's not like he set the building on fire here.  Now, had he started playing some Justin Bieber, then by all means, fire him. Heck, lock him up, but all he did was play a couple of songs as a joke.

A joke on the best player of the school's biggest rival, in what was the biggest game of the season for both schools.  I mean, isn't stuff like that what a rivalry is basically all about?  You're not supposed to like your rival, and I don't see any problem with having a little fun with him.

Besides, that's nothing compared to what Newton probably heard from fans in the stands.  Are the students who threw money at him going to get in trouble too?  

*By the way, I'd love to be in on those meetings.  "Listen, I'm cool with 'Who Let The Dogs Out' but if you think I'm playing 'Zombie Nation' you can just get the hell out of this meeting right now."

Since: Dec 24, 2007
Posted on: December 1, 2010 3:08 pm

Alabama fires 'DJ' from Iron Bowl

'Bama football and Kentucky basketball: Buy a sense of humor! Sheesh!

Since: Oct 12, 2010
Posted on: December 1, 2010 12:37 am

Alabama fires 'DJ' from Iron Bowl

This was so tacky, classless, and unprofessional of anyone to do at a game!! It is not funny!! This man is innocent until proven guilty. That is what the law says!! Why is he different in the minds of so many stupid people and the media? If we go around judging people and convicting them before they are proven guilty then we are acting simply un-American! As for all the stupid post by the U of A redneck fans on here....suck it up!! Your team lost, get over it!! This person should have been fired and it speaks highly of the university to fire him over it. 

Since: Nov 15, 2008
Posted on: November 30, 2010 4:38 pm

Alabama fires 'DJ' from Iron Bowl

First time in my memory that Alabama has showed class.

Frat party stunts are just that.  Save it for that.  A major universty shows class.  Congrats, Alabama.

Since: Oct 18, 2006
Posted on: November 30, 2010 3:02 pm

Alabama fires 'DJ' from Iron Bowl

Having previously held a position where I played music for an NCAA program, I can relate to this poor guy's situation.
He was trying to play music that would be appropriate to the situation.  Now, it is possible that even songs are scripted into the program at Alabama football games.  Most of the stadium announcements and promos are scripted well in advance.
If this is the case, then the DJ erred by not following the script.  Perhaps, he only came up with the idea after the weekly planning meeting, and didn't have time to get "permission" to be creative.
In any event, I find the song selections humorous, and I believe that the Athletic Department overreacted to the situation.
Unfortunately, this is not an uncommon occurrence.  I wish the poor sap well.

Since: Jan 18, 2007
Posted on: November 30, 2010 1:58 pm

Alabama fires 'DJ' from Iron Bowl

This guy should've been promoted.  Very clever.

Since: Oct 14, 2010
Posted on: November 30, 2010 1:37 pm

Alabama fires 'DJ' from Iron Bowl

Alabama was shooting for dignity?  Too late.  There is not much dignity in the game of football.  Each player is trying to tackle, block, show up, put down, and defeat his opponent.  You might help them crawl off the field at the end but the violence during the game is not the model of dignity and decorum. 
The songs?  Pretty funny.  The victory by Auburn?  Great response though I doubt Newton and company had much time to listen to pre-game music let alone knew the words to either song.

Since: Nov 25, 2007
Posted on: November 30, 2010 12:35 pm

Alabama fires 'DJ' from Iron Bowl

This is pretty funny stuff.  I think it is all in good humor, and the school over-reacted.  The father has admitted that he asked for money, and the stolen lap-top has been public record for a long time (he was caught with it) --check wipikekia.  So, let's stop pretending that the kid is an innocent victim --he's not. 

Since: Nov 29, 2010
Posted on: November 30, 2010 12:22 pm

Alabama fires 'DJ' from Iron Bowl

Surpised this classless school didn't promote the guy based on merit.  Teh school presumably controls the PA system and was complicit.

Since: Jul 23, 2009
Posted on: November 30, 2010 11:32 am

Alabama fires 'DJ' from Iron Bowl

Typical classless bama.....enough said...

Since: Aug 17, 2009
Posted on: November 30, 2010 11:15 am

Alabama fires 'DJ' from Iron Bowl

Very lame by university staff to fire this guy. 

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