Florida A&M University has elected to suspend all football activities after a Tallahassee native Real Boston Richey reportedly a portion of his “Send A Blitz” video in the team’s locker room.
“Earlier today, it was brought to my attention that a rap video was shot by a prominent rapper in the locker room of Galimore-Powell Fieldhouse without proper authorization. The video contained graphic language that is not consistent with Florida A&M’s core values, principles and beliefs and an internal investigation is underway to determine who authorized the use of not only the athletic facility, but also licensed apparel that potentially violates university branding and licensing agreements,” Florida A&M Head Football Coach Willie Simmons tweeted.
“Although I am a proud proponent of free speech and support all forms of musical expression, this football team (as ambassadors of Florida A&M University) has a responsibility to protect the university’s image. As a result of this unfortunate situation, as head football coach I am effectively suspending all football-related activities until further notice. It is a privilege to wear the orange and green and as a football program, our young men have failed to live up to the standard set before us. They will all learn from this mishap and we will continue to work hard every day to become the best version of ourselves and continue to make Rattler Nation proud.”
The team is slated to open the 2023-2024 season against Jackson State University on September 3. There is no word as to when football activities will resume.