It doesn’t sound too odd for a teacher or coach to have a “night job” particularly a music-focused one. I, for example, had a professor who was a college teacher by day and played upright bass in a jazz band by night.
But for Otis Newell, his side job just cost him his coaching job.
Newell, former football coach at Simi Valley High School in Southern California, was fired due to his involvement in a rap video that depicts drug use.
The video for the track “U Need It I Got It” in which Newell performs under the stage name Big Pho, shows Newell selling drugs out of an ice cream truck.
But Newell–who has a reputation with students athletes for speaking out against drug use and gang violence that he grew up with in Watts, California–told CBS LA that isn’t what the video is about:
“I just think this just went way too far, way too fast. It’s a depiction of pretty much how I grew up, and there’s no secret that in the city where I come from, drugs and gang violence were everyday parts of my life.”
Per the CBS report, some of Newell’s former students took to social media after the firing to show their support for the coach. Whether the support is enough to get Newell his job back still remains to be seen.
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