Technically, a “dirty” version of a popular song was not properly labeled in the music server and was selected to be played following the Pride Band performance. As soon as the offending lyrics were heard, the song was instantly changed.
“I regret that this song was played. There is no room for this type of language in our stadiums and arenas,” said Dr. McKinley Boston, Director of Athletics. “It is our goal to create a great atmosphere for all of our fans, and we clearly failed with this mistake. We are doing everything we can to ensure that it does not happen again.”
In order to avoid a similar situation, NM State athletics has purged all digital music from its systems and will begin the process of creating a new playlist for the game against UTEP on Saturday.
NM State athletics is committed to a family-friendly environment. Over the past several years, various efforts have been created to exemplify this goal, including:
· Kids 12 and under receive free admission to all sports except football and men’s basketball
· Kids are welcome to play on the field after home football games
· Over 4,000 community service hours are performed each year by student-athletes and coaches, with many of those hours dedicated to serving local schools
· Athletic department partnerships with the school system
· Athletic department partnerships with recreation sports leagues
· Kids welcome to dance with Pistol Pete on the Pan Am floor during many volleyball and women’s basketball games
· Santa Claus is invited to men’s and women’s basketball games each year and meets with hundreds of kids