Rutgers Women's Basketball Team: Imus' Apology Accepted
April 13, 2007 at 10:35 AM (PT)
The RUTGERS UNIVERSITY women's basketball coach said TODAY her players have accepted radio host DON IMUS' apology for racist and sexist comments toward the team and they are "in the process of forgiving."
MSBNC quoted coach C. VIVIAN STRINGER as saying, "We still find his statements to be unacceptable, and this is an experience that we will never forget."
IMUS met with the RUTGERS athletes last night (4/12), hours after CBS fired him for calling the players "nappy-headed hos" in a broadcast last week.
"These comments are indicative of greater ills in our culture," STRINGER said. "It is not just Mr. IMUS, and we hope that this will be and serve as a catalyst for change."
She said it was time for Americans "to all hold ourselves to a higher standard."
"I personally am looking forward to joining forces with other people who want to bring about change for the right reasons," the coach said.
STRINGER emphasized that the basketball team had never called for IMUS to be fired.
"It would sadden me for anyone to lose their job," she said. "And he came [to the meeting] in spite of the fact that he lost his job. So let's give him credit for that."
Bloomberg: The Financial Fallout
CBS News/Talk/Sports WFAN (THE FAN)/NEW YORK and WESTWOOD ONE syndicated personality DON IMUS met last night for several hours with the RUTGERS team at the governor's mansion in PRINCETON, NJ, as in the wake of the firing of comes the financial fallout, as reported by BLOOMBERG NEWS.
IMUS was fired yesterday for his racially charged comments about the RUTGERS UNIVERSITY women's basketball team, four days before DAN MASON steps into his role as head of CBS radio. Mason takes over APRIL 16, replacing JOEL HOLLANDER, who was ousted last month.
The loss of IMUS is a setback for CBS Radio, which is still reeling from the defection of HOWARD STERN to SIRIUS SATELLITE RADIO in late 2005. IMUS's show, carried on more than 60 U.S. stations, fetched the highest advertising rates of any CBS Radio program and accounted for a quarter of the profit at WFAN/NEW YORK.
IMUS' popularity had helped CBS weather the loss of STERN to satellite radio and the $100 million in ad revenue he brought the network. The show generated more than 25% of the sales for WFAN, or about $12 million, according to MARK FRATRICK, VP of BIA FINANCIAL NETWORK, a broadcast consulting firm.
NJ Gov. In Car Accident On Way To Meeting
Gov. JON S. CORZINE was critically injured THURSDAY (4/12) when his motorcade crashed en route to the meeting between DON IMUS and the RUTGERS women's basketball team, a doctor said.
CORZINE, 60, suffered numerous broken bones but his injuries were not considered life-threatening, officials said. He is recuperating at COOPER UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL in CAMDEN after two hours of surgery to repair a seriously damaged leg and other injuries.
Dr. ROBERT OSTRUM said that CORZINE's surgery was successful but noted that the governor would need two more operations on his leg in the coming days.