Published Aug 17, 2016Music can be one of the most powerful tools for spreading subversive messages, but doing so can come with consequences. Take a DJ for the Chicago Cubs, for example, who was let go after trolling the team's pitcher with a rather insensitive song choice.
Over the weekend, the Cubs took took on the St. Louis Cardinals at their hometown Wrigley Field. After Cubs pitcher Aroldis Chapman left the mound in the ninth inning, the Wrigley DJ played him out with the Prodigy's "Smack My Bitch Up."
The song choice was no mistake. Earlier this year, Chapman faced an alleged domestic violence incident after he was accused of choking his girlfriend and firing eight bullets in his garage. While he was not officially charged, Chapman was suspended from Major League Baseball for 30 games.
In a statement released to the Chicago Tribune, Cubs president Crane Kenney described the Prodigy's music as an "irresponsible music selection."
"The selection of this track showed a lack of judgment and sensitivity to an important issue," Kenney added. "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."