Chicago Cubs official apologizes for song after backlash

The team’s president said the song choice ‘showed a lack of judgement and sensitivity to an important subject.’ The organization fired the DJ involved.

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The team fired a DJ for playing an inappropriate song as a pitcher left the game.

The song was “Smack My B**ch Up” from the British electro-pop group Prodigy. The pitcher was Aroldis Chapman, who served a 30-game suspension earlier this year after being accused of domestic violence. Chapman, who wasn’t charged in the incident, was accused of choking his girlfriend.

The team’s president, Crane Kenney, apologized in a statement:

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 Cubs didn’t release the DJ’s name, but there were plenty who took to social media to point out the irony:

Cubs cool with employee’s alleged domestic violence, not cool with other employee referencing it

— Kris Vire (@krisvire) August 15, 2016

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