Bloods Protest Selection of Snoop Dogg for 2015 MLB All-Star Game Performer at Cincinnati Reds Home Field
Representatives for the United Bloods Affiliates have released a statement denouncing the decision of Major League Baseball to feature Snoop Dogg as part of the 2015 MLB All-Star Game entertainment, which will be held at the Cincinnati Reds' Great American Ballpark this year. UBA claimed that featuring a noted Crips affiliate as a musical guest unfairly painted over the relationship of the Reds and the notorious Los Angeles gang, as well as Bloods' contributions to the history of gang warfare as a whole.
"Recent history has, unfortunately, attempted to try and sweep the importance of Bloods culture aside," said UBA BEO Damon "Piru Agnew" Nixon. "The Scuzz and the Fuzz are understandable enemies of the Blood Nation but we are disappointed to see Major League Baseball behave in such a way. Surely an All-Star game at Dodger Stadium would not feature Cypress Hill as a headliner?"
Rob Manfred, the new commissioner of the MLB, professed total ignorance as to what the hell was going on.
"My daughter once watched an episode of The Fresh Prince of Bel Air while I was in the room," he told Music Times. "That's the extent of my knowledge of hip-hop."
The Cincinnati Reds have, unofficially, been adopted by the Bloods gang as its "official" baseball team, a reference to the team's crimson color, which the gang shares. Many Bloods have felt discriminated against in their own hometown, as the blue-wearing Crips claimed the local Dodgers as its team of choice, forcing the Bloods eastward. Nixon cited that other professional sports leagues have gone out of their way to support affiliations with the Crips, noting in particular the 1988 NHL All-Star Game in St. Louis—home of the Blues organization—where Crip affiliates Nate Dogg, Eazy E, Ice T and Tone Loc donned ice skates and performed a hip-hop routine after the first period.
Scott "Crutus Cuckeye" Rayban, President of the Ohio Chapter for the Crips International Crotherhood, did not respond to calls for a response.