For Pete's Sake

Cubs fire team DJ for playing wildly inappropriate song

Chicago Cubs closer Aroldis Chapman.
Chicago Cubs closer Aroldis Chapman. The Associated Press

Chicago Cubs closer Aroldis Chapman missed the first 30 games of this season while serving a suspension for an alleged domestic-abuse incident.

Last October, Chapman allegedly choked his girlfriend, punched a car window in his garage and then fired a gun eight times, according to an ESPN story.

After Chapman pitched in Sunday night’s game against the Cardinals at Wrigley Field, the Cubs’ disc jockey decided to play the song, “Smack My Bitch Up.” The song is on Prodigy’s 1997 album “The Fat of the Land.”

The Cubs caught grief after the game (and rightly so).

Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune reported Monday that the DJ has been fired, and that Crane Kenney, the Cubs president of business operations apologized for a “lack of judgment and sensitivity to an important issue.”

Pete Grathoff: 816-234-4330, @pgrathoff

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