Imus' comment sparks racial controversy - again

Comments by Don Imus sparked another round of racially-charged controversy, but the radio show host says it was all a misunderstanding.

Comments by Don Imus sparked another round of racially-charged controversy, but the radio show host says it was all a misunderstanding. The latest Imus gaffe comes a year after he was fired from his last post after making remarks about the Rutgers women's basketball team.

According to the AP, Imus said he was trying to "make a sarcastic point,” by calling attention to unfair treatment of blacks by the police, in this case regarding the arrest record of suspended Dallas Cowboys' Adam Jones. In a conversation with sports announcer Warner Wolf, he had asked, "What color is he?" To Wolf's response of African-American, Imus reportedly said, "There you go. Now we know."

 

"No man has more discussions about race than I have," he said. "Why not report on that? I know some people want to get me, but this is ridiculous," Imus tells CNN.com.

 

Rev. Al Sharpton, who called for Imus' firing last year, told CNN.com, "I thought, given Imus' background and his track record, [Monday's remarks were] disturbing. Clearly, he did not clarify what he meant. He left it out there.”

 

WABC and Citadel Broadcasting Corp. VP Phil Boyce told The New York Times [via CNN] it was unlikely Imus would face disciplinary action.


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