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Cubs controversy: Aroldis Chapman exits to profane song

Chicago Cubs issue apology
Posted: 12:24 PM, Aug 15, 2016
Updated: 2016-08-15 17:01:32Z

Chicago Cubs closer Aroldis Chapman has made plenty of headlines — both positive and negative — on his own. 

Chapman began the season with a 30-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball's new domestic violence policy after an offseason incident with his girlfriend.

The offseason controversy helped the New York Yankees snag Chapman from the Cincinnati Reds this offseason. The Yankees eventually dealt Chapman to the Cubs this season. 

So eyebrows were raised when the Cubs' public address system chose to play the song "Smack My B@#$% Up" as Chapman walked off the mound after pitching a scoreless ninth inning on Sunday, Deadspin reported

The Cubs told ESPN reporter Jesse Rogers that the situation was "unfortunate and should not have happened." 

"We apologize for the irresponsible music selection during our game last night," Cubs President of Business Operations Crane Kenney issued in a statement reported by Rogers. "The selection of this track showed a lack of judgment and sensitivity to an important issue." 

Kenney later wrote that the person responsible for the music pick has been terminated and that the Cubs will have stronger vetting of music played during games.