No Longer Appropriate: Ace Hood Won't Appear at Orange Madness

SU will have to rely on more traditional forms of entertainment at this year's Orange Madness. - USA TODAY Sports

Rapper Ace Hood, known for his violent and explicit lyrics, will no longer be a part of SU Basketball’s “Orange Madness" event on Friday, according to SU Athletics.

Syracuse University Director of Athletic Communications Pete Moore emailed a news release Sunday afternoon advising the 25-year-old musician from Florida “would not be a part of the event” due to “concerns about the appropriateness of the act.” A replacement has not been named.

Here is the complete statement from SU Athletics:

“To ensure that Orange Madness is truly a family experience, the artist Ace Hood will not be part of the event. After a review of the overall program, we share concerns about the appropriateness of the act. Although he is popular with many, we respectfully have decided to not include this performance in the Orange Madness festivities.”

Earlier this week, CNY Central reported changes to ticket and seating arrangements after violence at last year’s “Orange Madness” event. Tickets will no longer be free to the general public, and seats will be assigned like other Carrier Dome sporting events.

“Orange Madness” is Friday, October 18 at 8:00 p.m. and typically features men's and women's scrimmages, shooting exhibitions, and a dunk contest. It is traditionally the first chance for fans to see the team before the new season gets underway. Tickets are free for students and season ticket holders and $5 for everyone else.

The SU men's regular season starts Friday, November 8 with a home game vs. Cornell.

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