Imus Comments Draw Fire Again
June 23, 2008 at 4:18 PM (PT)
ABC RADIO NETWORKS and CITADEL Talk WABC-A/NEW YORK syndicated morning man DON IMUS is back in the line of fire for a comment he made on MONDAY's show about troubled DALLAS COWBOYS cornerback ADAM "PACMAN" JONES. During a report by sports anchor WARNER WOLF on JONES' request to be known by his given name rather than his nickname so that the public should not associate him with his legal troubles, IMUS asked WOLF "What color is he?" When WOLF informed IMUS that JONES is African-American, IMUS said "There you go. Now we know."
IMUS later told the NEW YORK TIMES that he meant that JONES "was being picked on because he's black" and noted that DICK GREGORY is scheduled to be a guest on TUESDAY's show, adding "We'll see what he thinks. I mean ... come on!"
Rival syndicated talk host and activist Rev. AL SHARPTON issued a statement saying, "I find the inference of his remark disturbing because it plays into stereotypes. Any use of stereotypes is always counterproductive. We will determine in the next day or so whether or not his remark warrants direct action on our part as we did in APRIL of last year," when IMUS' comments about the RUTGERS women's basketball team resulted in the host's firing by CBS RADIO, WESTWOOD ONE and WFAN-A/NEW YORK.