It's been a rough football summer for the sons of famous rappers.
First, poor Justin Combs was emasculated by his father, Sean "Diddy" Combs, when the elder Combs decided to go Thor status with a kettlebell to defend his own/his son's/Mediocre East Coast Rap's honor.
Then, last week, Naijiel Hale — son of the late, great Nate Dogg — was kicked off the University of Washington football team for undisclosed disciplinary reasons. His next destination is unknown but it has career-derailing potential for a player who was expected to start at cornerback for the Huskies this season.
Today brings news that Cordell Broadus, an incoming freshman wide receiver at UCLA and the son of Snoop Dogg, has quit football before even making it to his first camp. This is a significant bit of news for the Bruins, as Broadus was a consensus four-star recruit in this year's recruiting class who had offers from schools throughout the country. Big picture, though, this may be for the best. According to Bruin Report Online, the younger Broadus quit football "'wanting to do his own thing,' since his father had always pushed him to play football." Already, word is trickling down the pike that he's targeting a film career, and will remain enrolled at UCLA as a student. Hopefully, Snoop gets on board; who better to understand One Life To Live?
But chill as he seems, it's not a huge leap to imagine Snoop Dogg as an over-involved football dad. Setting aside his fanatical devotion to the Pittsburgh Steelers, he runs a prominent youth football league in Southern California and played advisor to former Oregon star and current Kansas City Chief DeAnthony Thomas long before Cordell developed into a big-time recruit of his own. There's probably a reason, in other words, why a five-part ESPN documentary about Cordell's recruitment was entitled, "Snoop and Son: A Dad's Dream."
There is, however, one last hope for West Coast rap's future in college football. Warren G's son Olaijah Griffin is a rising junior at Southern California powerhouse Mission Viejo, and while it's generally not a great thing when your most recent highlight clip is recovering a squib kick, there's still plenty of time to turn things around.