Cubs Fire DJ for 'Irresponsible' Song Choice

It 'showed a lack of judgment and sensitivity'
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 16, 2016 1:15 AM CDT
Updated Aug 16, 2016 2:30 AM CDT
Cubs Fire DJ for 'Irresponsible' Song Choice
Aroldis Chapman throws against the Los Angeles Angels during the ninth inning of a game in Chicago last week.   (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

The Chicago Cubs fired one of their two DJs for what they called an "irresponsible" choice of song—one that was apparently aimed at pitcher Aroldis Chapman, who joined the team in July. After Chapman left the mound in the ninth inning of Sunday's game against the St. Louis Cardinals, the DJ played "Smack My Bitch Up" by the Prodigy, the Chicago Tribune reports. Chapman was accused of choking his girlfriend and firing eight bullets in his garage and while no charges were filed over the 2015 incident, Major League Baseball suspended him for 30 games after he was traded to the New York Yankees later that year.

"We apologize for the irresponsible music selection during our game last night," Cubs President said in a statement Monday, per NBC Chicago. "The selection of this track showed a lack of judgment and sensitivity to an important issue. We have terminated our relationship with the employee responsible for making the selection and will be implementing stronger controls to review and approve music before public broadcast during our games.” The Tribune reports that the Cubs have declined to release the name of the DJ, who is one of two who were hired after new video boards were installed in 2015. (Read more Chicago Cubs stories.)

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