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Football program at historically black university suspended after video for vulgar rap song shot inside locker room
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Football program at historically black university suspended after video for vulgar rap song shot inside locker room

The football program at one of the largest historically black universities in the nation has been suspended after a "prominent rapper" shot a music video inside the team's locker room.

On Friday evening, Willie Simmons, the head coach of the Florida A&M University football team, suspended the program "until further notice" after he discovered that "prominent rapper" Real Boston Richey had accessed the team's locker room inside Galimore-Powell Fieldhouse and used it to film a video for his song, "Send a Blitz," without first receiving "proper authorization."

A song with the title "Send a Blitz" may sound appropriate for a college football team, but its lyrics demonstrate how inappropriate the song is in civil society and for a team with fans of all ages. "B**** say she gon’ pay me to s*** that d***," "B***, Imma f*** you good," and "Real b**** know Boston really the s*** like a porta-pot" are just some lines from the song rife with curse words and references to fornication and women's bodies.

Not only are the lyrics in the song objectionable, but those involved in recording the video, including Real Boston Richey, may have violated licensing agreements associated with the team. Several FAMU players appear in the video, and Real Boston Richey — a native of Tallahassee who performed for the FAMU homecoming game last year — also wears an orange FAMU shirt in various scenes.

"We are trying to talk to the right people to do everything not only to cover ourselves, but the young man (rapper Real Boston Richey) in the video," said Coach Simmons.

"It’s FAMU, it’s our brand, it’s our facility," Simmons said later. "Kids are going to be kids, but I am also trying to help them understand to be super mindful of your involvement and decisions. We will make a determination to address those (involved) individually or the entire team."

In his statement, Simmons reiterated his support for "free speech" and "all forms of musical expression," but claimed that FAMU team members have "a responsibility to protect the University's image."

The Rattlers have enjoyed tremendous success under Simmons, who began leading the program in 2018. Though they went 5-5 in his first season, they have won nine games every season ever since, except for the 2020 season disrupted by government shutdowns.

The FAMU Rattlers kick off the 2023 season against fellow Southwestern Athletic Conference East Division member Jackson State University on September 3. Last season, JSU destroyed FAMU in Miami, 59-3. However, the Rattlers may be more competitive against the Tigers this year now that JSU's former head coach Deion Sanders has moved on to the University of Colorado Buffaloes.

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