Inflammatory talk show host Don Imus decided to cross the line and basically just degrade and stereotype the Rutgers University Scarlet Knights women’s basketball team, as they lost to the Tennessee Volunteers in the NCAA Women’s Championship.
On his show, Imus was commenting on the game and decided to opine on the Rutgers team.
Radio host Don Imus apologized Friday for calling the
The National Association of Black Journalists demanded his immediate firing after the man known as “Imus in the Morning” put his foot deep in his mouth Wednesday. Imus questioned the players’ looks, describing them as tattooed “rough girls.” His producer compared the team — which has eight black members — to the NBA’s Toronto Raptors.
Near the start of Friday’s show, Imus said he wanted to “apologize for an insensitive and ill-conceived remark we made the other morning referring to the
“That’s some rough girls from
“Some hardcore hos,” said McGurk.
“That’s some nappy headed hos there, I’m going to tell you that,” Imus said.
Look Don, I don’t know where you were coming from, but um, you are racist. Plain and simple.
Naturally, he issued a quick apology.
Obviously, people are not happy. NABJ President Bryan Monroe asked Thursday if Imus had “lost his mind” and called for the veteran radio host’s dismissal.
In a joint statement, NCAA President Myles Brand and Rutgers President Richard McCormick condemned Imus’ slur.
“The NCAA and
Rutgers coach C. Vivian Stringer said in a statement, "I am deeply saddened and angered by Mr. Imus' statements regarding the members of the
Throughout the year, these gifted young ladies set an example for the nation that through hard work and perseverance, you can accomplish anything if you believe. Without a doubt, this past season was my most rewarding in 36 years of coaching. This young team fought through immeasurable odds to reach the highest pinnacle and play for the school's first national championship in a major sport.
To serve as a joke of Mr. Imus in such an insensitive manner creates a wedge and makes light of the efforts of these classy individuals, both as women and as women of color. It is unfortunate Mr. Imus sought to tarnish
Apology - whatever.
Mr. Imus, I used to listen to you. Not anymore. I don’t care if you get fired, but you have exposed yourself what you are.
Losing the NCAA championship was one thing for