WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A popular radio DJ in the Triad area has been let go as the public-address announcer for Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) football and basketball games, according to The Winston-Salem Journal. The move away from DJ Brian “B-Daht” McLaughlin follows anti-gay controversy earlier this year for which McLaughlin later apologized.
WSSU officials said Wednesday they would be moving in a different direction, as the school has hired new coaches for its teams and a new athletics director. McLaughlin told The Winston-Salem Journal that he had received a letter informing him of the decision from WSSU Athletics Director Tonia Walker last month.
In March, McLaughlin took to social media to attack a WSSU gay student, Aaron McCorkle, running for Mr. WSSU, the school’s version of a homecoming king. McCorkle had been pictured on social media wearing drag. McLaughlin’s comments included several slurs and other harsh language.
McLaughlin, who’d worked with the school for 10 years, had said if a gay student was elected Mr. WSSU that he would quit his public-address duties.
McCorkle didn’t win the student election, and McLaughling later apologized.
It’s not clear exactly why the school wanted to let McLaughlin go.
“We are looking for the best person and best fit for the job,” WSSU Assistant Athletics Director Kevin Manns said in a news release. “This is the next chapter in athletics. We have a new football coach, a new basketball coach and a new AD, and we are moving on and progressing into a new era. We’ll find some good candidates and find that next good voice to help galvanize our fans and to attract a new audience.”
McLaughlin told The Winston-Salem Journal he was disappointed but understood why the decision was made.
“I had a situation a few months ago that reflected bad on athletics and I’m sure it weighed heavily on Winston-Salem State, and I’m sure that went into their decision to let me go,” said McLaughlin.
McLaughlin works as a DJ for the local 102 JAMZ radio station. He is also a cast member on MTV2’s “Nick Cannon Presents: Wild ‘N Out,” which premieres in July.