Two weeks ago when the Saints’ local preseason broadcast featured a garish red ad for “Slap Ya Mama” spices superimposed over the field, some smart aleck suggested it was a good thing they weren’t playing the Ravens.
As it turns out, that smart aleck was a prophet (he gets lucky sometimes).
According to Christopher Dabe of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, the Slap Ya Mama Red Zone will not be part of the Saints’ final preseason contest — against the Ravens.
The Cajun seasoning company said in a release that it agreed to pull the sponsorship “in light of the domestic violence issues facing the NFL.”
The league has circled back on its initial blind eye toward similar ads on other local broadcasts (which are controlled by the teams during the preseason), saying such virtual signage should not appear.
With the games being replayed on the NFL Network, the local ads were getting national play. And not just the ones for delicious Cajun spices, which Ray Rice has now ruined for all of us.