Under fire once again for remarks about race yesterday, radio host Don Imus this morning said that his comments about Dallas Cowboy Adam "Pacman" Jones are being misinterpreted.
"Warner and I were talking about ‘Pacman’ Jones being arrested six times," Imus said this morning, "and obviously they are picking on him. So I asked Warner what color he was. Obviously, I already knew what color he was… And I said there you go, that’s the point. What people should be outraged about is they arrest blacks for no reason. There was no reason to arrest this kid six times."
Imus went on to say, "they shoot blacks for no reason. We know about that in New York City. I mean, We already understand all this…Nobody, no white man with a radio or television program has had more discussions about race relations since December 3rd than I have. … We talk about it all the time."
"My point is, there is no reason to arrest this kid six times," Imus said. "He is a football player, he’s a lovely kid. He’s out having fun, he gets arrested six times, well we know why he gets arrested six times."
The Dallas Morning News reports that, told of Imus’s original comments by a reporter, Jones himself says he’s "truly upset about the comments. Obviously Mr. Imus has problems with African-Americans. I’m upset, and I hope the station he works for handles it accordingly. I will pray for him."