Imus himself keeps putting his foot in his mouth as he tries to apologize. The Rev. Al Sharpton takes his latest opportunity to occupy the spotlight. Bill Maher, in defense of Imus, actually notes how his black friends weren't offended by the "nappy headed hos" comment.
Then yesterday, the central figures in this tale - the players on the Rutgers women's basketball team - held a press conference and did the exact same thing they had done in the prior few weeks on their road to the NCAA Tournament championship game - they played like winners and showed us how to act in the face of controversy.
They were graceful. They were forceful. They were articulate. They were fair. They spoke from their heads and they spoke from their hearts. They agreed to meet with Imus and hear him out - which is certainly not mandatory on their part - but came nowhere near agreeing to accept any apology he might have. They reminded us all that they are women, they are daughters, they are individuals worthy of a hell of a lot more respect than Imus showed them.
Imus, who has made a career out of taking shots at politicians and famous figures, ironically finds himself most criticized for picking on what seemed like defenseless targets. Turns out, Mr. Imus, that you better stick to those on Rodeo Drive and Pennsylvania Avenue. These young women from New Jersey are way out of your league.
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