Katy Perry song nixed for intros

Updated: September 21, 2013, 2:28 PM ET
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The roars from Cincinnati Bengals fans have been heard and, as a result, Katy Perry's latest hit song won't be blaring anymore when the team gets introduced at Paul Brown Stadium on Sundays.

After playing Perry's hit song "Roar" before, during and after their home opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday night, the Bengals told the Wall Street Journal on Friday that they wanted to tone down the playing of it after a social-media backlash.

Specifically, it was the playing of the song during the player introductions that drew the ire of some fans.

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Ethan Miller/Getty ImagesKaty Perry's hit song "Roar" was played over the stadium speakers throughout the Cincinnati Bengals' home opener.

A team spokesman reiterated to ESPN.com on Saturday afternoon the organization's wishes to reevaluate how often it will play Perry's song during home games. The Bengals are not planning to completely nix it from the overall musical rotation, the spokesman added.

"We still like the song," he said. "We are not ditching Katy Perry.

"I can't tell you exactly when the song will play or even whether it will play at all [Sunday]. It's just being moved around."

The Bengals host the Green Bay Packers on Sunday afternoon.

A new song has been selected for player introductions, the spokesman said. He could not specify what it will be.

"I think some fans proved that there's an expectation that when the team takes the field, there should be more of a hard-rock, classic-rock song and I know that's what we're going to do this game," Jeff Berding, the Bengals' director of sales and public affairs, told the Wall Street Journal. "Katy Perry is not going to be the last song you hear before the team takes the field."

Berding, however, was supportive of Perry's song -- until he saw the backlash on Facebook and Twitter.

"The lyrics are sort of on the mark and we thought it was a good song," Berding told the Wall Street Journal, adding that the team hasn't decided if they'd continue to play it after Bengals wins. "The social media was obviously very negative."

Mitchell Morgan, a Bengals fan who was in attendance Monday, told the Wall Street Journal that he was not surprised at the negative reaction generated by Perry's song.

"I mean, I know what they are going for but it's not going to work. How can you think you can do something like that without any backlash?" Morgan told the paper. "There were Steelers fans next to me laughing."

The Bengals are surprised with how quickly this escalated into a sports-versus-pop-culture soap opera. Citing previous reports that said they were getting rid of the song altogether, the spokesman said the team was "disappointed in the way this story has been misrepresented to this point."

Coley Harvey of ESPN.com contributed to this report.

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