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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."
Comments

Since: Jan 13, 2008
Posted on: November 30, 2010 11:01 am
 

Alabama fires 'DJ' from Iron Bowl

Two good songs. One stupid situation.



Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: November 30, 2010 10:56 am
 

Alabama fires 'DJ' from Iron Bowl

While I do find this story a little out there, it is nothing compared to some of these posts.  It would seem by some of the comments that the folks at Bama are either liberal or bigots.  I would think that they are neither, but I am not the expert here.  Of course, we always have the idiots who claim the fix was in.  And then there are the Saban haters claiming he is getting ready to jump ship at the first sign of trouble.  This guy referenced MSU and LSU, and of course is completely wrong on both.  Saban was a living legend at both schools, and left both for what he thought was a better opportunity.  But, keep the fur flying as this is interesting reading.



Since: Nov 14, 2010
Posted on: November 30, 2010 10:53 am
 

Alabama fires 'DJ' from Iron Bowl

You're one dim bulb



Since: Dec 17, 2006
Posted on: November 30, 2010 10:52 am
 

Alabama fires 'DJ' from Iron Bowl

"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." 


OMG.  Are you kidding us ?  Having watched college football from the 60s on......this is almost funny in and of itself.   If nothing else, the Alabama public relations director Deborah Lane should have her contract terminated for issuing this statement...........



Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: November 30, 2010 10:45 am
 

Alabama fires 'DJ' from Iron Bowl

If Alabama really cared about how Newton was treated, maybe they can put sensors or hall monitors in the stands and eject all of their fans who yell anything they don't like.  But I will tell you they won't do that, because they saved face by picking on this one guy in the press box that played the music.  For that, Bama is off the hook for the abuse that Newton took and I am sure they feel they saved face and kept up their southern image.  They are bigots and this is nothing but a PR move.  If they really cared about making a difference they can go a little further in their efforts with how opposing teams are treated.  They won't do that.  That's how the world goes around these days.




Since: Feb 16, 2007
Posted on: November 30, 2010 10:30 am
 

Alabama fires 'DJ' from Iron Bowl

The biggest question, to me, is not why they fired this guy (since it seems to have been for not following what he was supposed to do, with the musical selection), but why it seems to be necessary to put it out through the media. I'm sure that things like this happen, but are usually done quietly, with no one the wiser.

Maybe putting it out in a press release is supposed to help deflect attention from a horrific loss in a huge rivalry game...  



Since: Feb 21, 2009
Posted on: November 30, 2010 10:30 am
 

Alabama fires 'DJ' from Iron Bowl

      
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sp;      After fixing the game with the sec and the tigers Bama fires the D.J to get all the attention elsewhere. thats very brilliant.



Since: Nov 22, 2006
Posted on: November 30, 2010 10:12 am
 

Alabama fires 'DJ' from Iron Bowl

Funny? I think so. Imaginative? Certainly. But.... if there was a meeting beforehand, and a script that an employee didn't follow, then it was also insubordination. I can't think of a job (US Congress maybe) where that's allowed to go unpunished. That's not "liberal political correctness", that's business, plain and simple.
Besides, It'd have to be plain and simple to have come out of  Alabama. Cool



Since: Nov 27, 2006
Posted on: November 30, 2010 9:57 am
 

Don't worry about the 'DJ' worry about Saban

Hey Bama you need to worry less about the DJ and more about Coach Saban defecting as he has always bolted at the first sign of any trouble (Exhibit A: MSU, LSU and the Miami Dolphins).  With the struggles that Bama has faced this year after being dubbed the best team ever in the early part of the season, and the abundance of professional coaching gigs opening up in the NFL after this season, don't be surprised when old Nick leaves the Tide flapping in the wind.




Since: Dec 22, 2006
Posted on: November 30, 2010 9:57 am
 

Alabama fires 'DJ' from Iron Bowl

Yes, I'm sure the administration at the University of Alabama is chock full of liberals.


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