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Georgia AD apologizes to athletics board for Ludacris contract

ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia Bulldogs athletic director Greg McGarity has apologized to the athletic association's board of directors following the disclosure that rapper Ludacris was paid $65,000 to perform at the school's spring football game and also was provided liquor and a box of condoms.

McGarity's apology at the board's quarterly meeting on Thursday was first reported by the Athens Banner-Herald.

"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, according to the Athens newspaper, never directly mentioning Ludacris, though those in attendance were aware of what he was referring to.

Ludacris, a three-time Grammy winner, performed for less than 15 minutes before 93,000 fans on April 16. McGarity said more attention should have been given the artist's lengthy hospitality rider.

"Few things in my professional life have bothered me more than this situation," McGarity said, according to the Banner-Herald. "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."

University of Georgia President Jere Morehead said the contract, revealed through open-records requests by several media outlets, should have been more closely reviewed and some items should have been removed.

Morehead "certainly appreciated that the athletic department took responsibility for some of the terms in that contract," he said.

"Obviously in retrospect they should have done a more thorough job of reviewing all of the riders and removing those that were objectionable," Morehead said, according to the Banner-Herald. "I appreciate that he's accepted that that's what athletics should have done and what it will do moving forward."

McGarity, speaking with the Banner-Herald after the meeting, said the contract was ultimately his responsibility.

"Regardless of who signs it," he said.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.