Iowa State Official Speaks Out On Reports He Was Fired Over Tupac Obsession

NEW YORK - JULY 23:  (L-R) Rapper Tupac Shakur poses for a portrait at Club Amazon on July 23, 1993 in New York, New York. (Photo by Al Pereira/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

Iowa State Official Speaks Out On Reports He Was Fired Over Tupac Obsession

His resignation had nothing to do with his emails pertaining Tupac.

Published July 18, 2019

Written by Danielle Ransom

Speculation is running wild that an Iowa state official was asked to resign over emails he sent to employees containing Tupac’s lyrics. On June 14, Jerry Foxhaven, who was the director of the state’s human services department, sent out a company-wide email to over 4,300 employees asking employees to celebrate the hip-hop icon’s birthday over the weekend.

That following Monday, June 17, Foxhaven was allegedly asked to resign from his post over text by Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds. Foxhaven told the Associated Press that he doesn’t believe his emails had anything to with the agency’s decision to “go in a different direction.”

The AP obtained more than 350 emails from the former state official that contained the words “Tupac” or “2Pac” in them. 

The self-described “66-year-old white guy” who has been a fan of the rap luminary since the ‘90s, often hosted “Tupac Fridays” listening parties and rung in his 65th birthday with “Thug Life” cookies.

  1. The suspicious timing of the firing was convenient enough for his former employees to connect the dots that he was fired over his Tupac obsession.

    But, Foxhaven is clearing up any speculation surrounding his sudden departure. 

    In an interview with The New York Times on Wednesday, July 17, he clarified that the governor’s office had already requested a meeting with him days before he even penned the June 14 email.

    He further explained that him and the agency ultimately parted ways after they decided they wanted to go in a new leadership direction with the human services department. He told the publication that he believes Roberts was simply filling posts with “more political people,” and that his stanning for Tupac did not factor into that decision.

Photo: Al Pereira/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

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