UGA Athletic Director Greg McGarity addressed the G-Day hospitality rider for Grammy award winner Ludacris at Thursday’s board of athletic directors meeting, according to a report from the Athens Banner Herald’s Marc Weiszer.
McGarity, speaking to the board for the first time since the G-day performance, apologized for how the situation was handled.
“I do want to take this opportunity to apologize to our board for mistakes we made with certain aspects of the details of an entertainment agreement,” McGarity said. “Few things in my professional life have bothered me more than this situation. There are no reruns in life so we need to turn the page, learn from our mistakes and do everything we can to make sure errors of this nature do not reoccur.”
Ludacris was booked for $65,000 to open up G-day on April 16, with a 15 minute performance in front of an SEC record crowd for a spring game. Ludacris’ hospitality rider included condoms and alcohol among other things on the rappers lengthy list.
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First year head coach Kirby Smart offered his thoughts on the situation in the days following the game.
Andy Platt, a senior associate athletic director and chief financial officer at Georgia, signed the contract on behalf of the athletic association.
McGarity issued a statement on April 12, stating that the school was not able to secure an act for the G-Day game. Ludacris’ representation reached out a day later and began negotiations for the rapper to appear before the game.
The Georgia native, was met by a loud ovation as he performed hits that included, "Stand Up," "What's Your Fantasy?," and "Money Maker." He also performed his verse from Usher's song "Yeah."