The University of Georgia's athletic director apologized to the school for giving rapper Ludacris condoms and liquor as partial payment for his 15-minute performance last month.
Ludacris' hospitality rider for his UGA concert was uploaded to the Internet last month. In the rider he asked for and received 65K for a 15-minute performance in addition to Trojan Magnum condoms and hard liquor for his entourage.
The 38-year-old rap artist performed a sold-out show at UGA's annual “G-Day” spring football game on April 16. The school’s athletic director Greg McGarity apologized for unintentionally promoting alcoholism and sexual promiscuity by approving the rapper's unusual requests.
“I do want to take this opportunity to apologize to our board for mistakes we made with certain aspects of the details of an entertainment agreement,” McGarity said Thursday at a meeting with the university's athletic board of directors.
“Few things in my professional life have bothered me more than this situation,” McGarity said. “There are no reruns in life so we need to turn the page, learn from our mistakes and do everything we can to make sure errors of this nature do not reoccur.”
Luda's April 16 concert -- at $4,300 per minute -- set a Conference spring game attendance record, according to Breitbart.com.
Luda's rider requested, among other things, one box of Trojan Magnum Condoms (Ecstasy), two bottles of cognac, two cases of Snapple, one bar of Dove soap, two Jo Malone scented candles, and unsalted trail mix.
UGA’s president Jere Morehead accepted McGarity's apology, saying he “certainly appreciated that the athletic department took responsibility for some of the terms in that contract.”
Morehead said McGarity should have been more diligent in reviewing the rider and the accompanying receipts from the liquor store and the drug store.
“Obviously in retrospect they should have done a more thorough job of reviewing all of the riders and removing those [items] that were objectionable,” Morehead said, according to OnlineAthens.com. “I appreciate that he’s accepted that that’s what [the athletics department] should have done and what it will do moving forward.”