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Don Imus Is A Racist….

Posted by blazzin on June 24, 2008

Don Imus

According to NewsDay.com

“After uttering racist and sexist remarks toward the Rutgers women’s basketball team, was taking heat again Monday for a questionable comment.

It occurred during his morning program on WABC radio, while Imus and sportscaster Warner Wolf were addressing Dallas Cowboys football star Adam “Pacman” Jones’ involvement in a fight at a Las Vegas nightclub last year that led to a shooting. Jones, who was not accused of the shooting, was suspended for the 2007 season.

When Wolf said Jones had been “arrested six times since he was drafted by Tennessee in 2005,” Imus responded by asking “What color is he?”

“He’s African-American,” Wolf said.

“Well, there you go,” Imus said. “Now we know.”

Imus had earlier said of Jones’ suspension: “You’re in a nightclub, for God’s sake. What do you think’s gonna happen in a nightclub? People are drinking and doing drugs; there are women there and people have guns.”

In an e-mail message to The New York Times Monday night, Imus said his comment was intended to be sympathetic with Jones; “I meant he was being picked on because he’s black.”

Imus wrote he would ask black comedian-activist Dick Gregory, a scheduled guest on his show Tuesday, what he thought of Monday’s remarks.

“I mean … come on!” Imus wrote.

Wolf Monday night said he was surprised the exchange had generated controversy.

Wolf said regular listeners would recognize it as part of a running, satirical joke in which Imus pokes fun at people who get into serious trouble, then cry racism. He made a similar joke about the Chicago BearsCedric Benson earlier this month after the football player’s latest arrest.

“I think people are looking for something there that just isn’t there,” Wolf said.

The Rev. Al Sharpton said he found the comment “disturbing because it plays into stereotypes.”

But he said he would reserve judgment while deciding whether the remarks warrant “direct action on our part as we did in April of last year.”

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