Florida A&M University suspended all football-related activities after a rap music video featuring some of the team's players was recorded without permission in a football locker room.
“Although I am a proud proponent of free speech and support all forms of musical expressions, this football team (as ambassadors of Florida A&M University) has a responsibility to protect the University's image,” he said.
An internal investigation is being conducted to determine who allowed the use of the athletic facility.
The players in the video were not immediately identified.
Rapper Real Boston Richey, whose name is Jalen Foster, released the video, “Send a Blitz,” on Friday. As of Sunday morning, it had accumulated over 311,000 views on YouTube.
Foster, a native of Tallahassee, where Florida A&M is located, wrote on Instagram that the video was recorded in 24 hours. Clips show the inside of a locker room with the FAMU logo on the seating and people donning university apparel.
The licensed apparel in the video “potentially violates university branding and licensing agreements,” Simmons said.
“It is a privilege to wear the Orange and Green and as a football program our young men have failed to live up to the standard set before us," he said. “They will all learn from this mishap and we will continue to work hard every day to become the best version of ourselves and continue to make Rattler Nation proud.”