In recent news, a rap video shoot by rapper Real Boston Richey inside Florida A&M Rattlers’ locker room has caused significant trouble for the university’s football team. Head coach Willie Simmons took swift action and suspended all football-related activities at Galimore-Powell Fieldhouse after the video’s release on July 21.
The incident has prompted an internal investigation as the video violated university branding and licensing agreements. Richey, wearing an orange polo shirt and a team helmet in the video, did not explicitly mention FAMU, but the administration is seeking to distance themselves from the association.
Coach Simmons addressed the situation, stating that wearing the Orange and Green is a privilege, and the football program needs to uphold the standards set before them. He expressed confidence that the team will learn from this incident and work diligently to become better versions of themselves, continuing to make Rattler Nation proud. Although the rapper’s affiliation with FAMU was not explicitly mentioned, the university is taking measures to dissociate themselves from any negative implications.
While supporting creativity and free speech, Coach Simmons emphasized that Richey’s lyrics in the song are not aligned with Florida A&M University’s core values, principles, and beliefs. As one of the top Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), FAMU is ranked No. 7 among all Black colleges and universities according to US News and Report.
Florida A&M University boasts an impressive list of notable alumni, including Common, K. Michelle, dead prez, Will Packer, Anika Noni Rose, Rico Love, Smitty, and DJ G Wiz. The university’s commitment to excellence and its outstanding alumni continue to uphold its esteemed reputation.
Many people have expressed understanding and support for Coach Simmons’ decision, acknowledging the importance of upholding the university’s image and values. Moving forward, FAMU remains dedicated to fostering a positive environment that aligns with its core principles and ensures that its students and community remain proud members of Rattler Nation.