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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: Jul 8, 2009
Posted on: November 29, 2010 10:48 pm

Alabama fires 'DJ' from Iron Bowl

here is my call...I have no skin in this game FWIW.

I think this was very funny. The person that did this has a great sense of humor. Unfortunately in business though, there are rules to be followed and if the Tide admin. is telling the truth, then this guy broke the rules and it is fair game to terminate the contract. It isn't about lightening up...any busniess has the right to manage the way they want and he took the risk for a joke. At some point our society has to maintain a sense of following rules.

I actually think this is the kind of thing that would propel his career. There has to be a Tide booster that loved this and will hire the guy in a heart beat.

In this situation, I think all parties played it as they should. As for the last comment about students getting in trouble. I get what your writing but the only thing they'd get in trouble for is throwing something onto the field. They have constraints too.

Since: May 24, 2010
Posted on: November 29, 2010 10:40 pm

Alabama fires 'DJ' from Iron Bowl

The nonbiased poster in my thinks this is funny no matter who it was aimed at, lighten up, if he wouldn't have been linked to these rumors to begin with then the idea never would have come about.  I also thought it was funny that the student section was lighting him up with monopoly money, nice work, of course the Auburn fan that posted gave the boo hoo, they are classless complaint, Auburn won the game the she is still crying,  It's okay to have some fun and I assure you if it would have been the other way around and an Alabama player was involved in these allegations, War Eagle would be all over it and I hope their fans would have done the same, fun is fun as long as you don't cross the line and when people are "allegedly" shady they deserve no respect!

Since: Aug 13, 2008
Posted on: November 29, 2010 10:36 pm

Alabama fires 'DJ' from Iron Bowl

How does he deserve critisism when there is no proof he did anything wrong.  They guy is just trying to play football like everyone else.  Therefore he should be treated like any other player on the field.

Since: Mar 15, 2007
Posted on: November 29, 2010 10:21 pm

Alabama fires 'DJ' from Iron Bowl

Meh, how ridiculous.  Those people are way too full of themselves.  The USA has a great tradition of lampooning the powerful.  It keeps them grounded and helps abate hero-worship.  We all saw what happened in the '08 election when one presidential candidate couldn't be lampooned or criticized.  

Keep DJ's and others like him around pushing the envelope.  Cam Newton deserves criticism and not just adulation. 

Since: Mar 16, 2009
Posted on: November 29, 2010 10:13 pm

Alabama fires 'DJ' from Iron Bowl

Good for him for having the bravado to play those songs and keep it fresh in people's minds that Cam is nothing but a scam.  It is a shame that NCAA justice will be too late to make a difference this year.  He will never be anything in the NFL and for what it is worth, he is smart to have gotten everything he could while in college before the playing days are over.  Some NFL team will be ignorant enough to give him a contract but it will be the only one.

He will be exposed, on and off the field.  Go whoever Auburn plays in a bowl!

Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: November 29, 2010 10:11 pm

Alabama fires 'DJ' from Iron Bowl

It's good gamesmanship.  The"DJ" probably knew he was going to get fired, but sometimes you just have to do what you think you should do.  Whether or not it was in poor taste, he made some fans in Tuscaloosa.

Since: Nov 1, 2007
Posted on: November 29, 2010 10:10 pm

Alabama fires 'DJ' from Iron Bowl

It was pretty classless to play those songs. I think the University of Alabama did the right thing, otherwise the school as a institution would look classless as well.  Congratulations to Alabama for doing the right thing.  The students throwing money were classless but what do you expect, they were a select few of students acting like fools, it's over now, so now Auburn can go on and play for the 2010 SEC championship and hopefully for the 2010 National Championship. For Alabama, you probably will have a bright future in 2011 and until then War Eagle!!!!

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