This is as tone-deaf as it gets.
After Aroldis Chapman, accused of choking his girlfriend in October, pitched the ninth inning for the Cubs Sunday night, the song that blared throughout Wrigley Field as he walked toward the dugout was “Smack My Bitch Up” by The Prodigy.
The Cubs told ESPN it was unintentional, adding it was “unfortunate and should not have happened.” They later fired the DJ, according to the Chicago Tribune.
“The selection of this track showed a lack of judgment and sensitivity to an important issue,” Cubs president Crane Kenney said in a statement to the Tribune. “We have terminated our relationship with the employee responsible for making the selection and will be implementing stronger controls to review and approve music before public broadcast during our games.”
That 1997 song, which contains the repeated lyrics “Change my pitch up, smack my bitch up,” being played at a sporting event at all is ill-advised, even more so at the end of an inning pitched by Chapman of all people.
The lefthander — whom the Yankees acquired during the offseason before trading him at the deadline to the Cubs — received a 30-game suspension on March 1 under Major League Baseball’s domestic-violence policy after an alleged incident with his girlfriend, becoming the first player suspended under the policy.
He was alleged to have choked his girlfriend, while also firing a gun in a garage. No charges were filed.
Chapman has repeatedly denied that he hurt his girlfriend.
“I want to be clear, I did not in any way harm my girlfriend that evening,” Chapman said in a statement earlier this season. “However, I should have exercised better judgment with respect to certain actions, and for that I am sorry.”