SoCal football coach fired for appearing in drug-referencing rap video responds on social media

SoCal football coach fired for appearing in drug-referencing rap video responds on social media

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SoCal football coach fired for appearing in drug-referencing rap video responds on social media

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A popular assistant football coach at Simi Valley High School in Southern California has been fired after his prior appearance in a rap video was brought to light by a fellow coach.

As reported by the Los Angeles Times and CBS affiliate KTLA, and scooped up by our USA TODAY friends at For The Win, Otis Newell was relieved of his duties as Simi Valley’s defensive coordinator when his appearance in the music video for the rap track ‘U Need It, I Got It,” was discovered by an unnamed fellow assistant coach. The video appears to show Newell peddling drugs out of an ice cream van, among other images.

You can watch the video in question on YouTube here.

While Newell has not debated the content of the year-old music video, he has disagreed with the interpretation that led to his dismissal.

“I think this went way too far, way too fast,” Newell told the Times. It’s a depiction of pretty much how I grew up, and there’s no secret that in the city where I come from, dugs and gang violence were everyday parts of my life.”

In fact, Newell has said that the point of the video was to depict how he used football to overcome the violence and drug dealing of Watts, where he was raised. The Simi Valley School District didn’t necessarily argue against that view, but it still felt a need to sever ties with Newell just because illegal activity was fictitiously referred to in the video.

That message was delivered most directly by the district in an email Newell shared with KTLA, where the district openly acknowledged that Newell’s actions in the video do not match the man who served as their assistant coach. Unfortunately for Newell, the sheer fact that he was willing to play a role in a scene depicting his rough upbringing has served as a guilty sentence for a man who still hopes to coach high school football somewhere, someday.

“… the coach’s “ethics, morals, and character as a human being are not being questioned,” the Simi Valley School District wrote in a statement.

Not his ethics, morals and character. Just his past. That rationale has continued to disturb Newell, who responded on social media as news of his dismissal went viral.

 

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