Imus Makes Questionable Race Comments Again

Jun 23, 2008 6:40pm

Don Imus this morning, on his nationally syndicated WABC-AM morning talk show on Citadel Broadcasting Corporation, made some questionable comments when discussing suspended NFL defensive back Adam "Pacman" Jones.

"Here’s a guy suspended all of 2007 following shooting at a Vegas nightclub," said sportscaster Warner Wolf. "He’s been arrested six times since being drafted by Tennessee in 2005."

"What color is he?" asked Imus.

"He’s African-American," said Wolf.

"Well, there you go," said Imus. "Now we know."

You can listen to a clip HERE.

Asked Monday by the New York Times what he meant, Imus responded, according to the paper, "I meant he was being picked on because he’s black."

Even still, Imus’ comment caught the attention of Reverend Al Sharpton, who released a statement late Monday.

"It has been reported to me that statements were made by Mr. Imus this morning and National Action Network has monitored his show since his return," he said.

"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."

- jpt

WABC-AM program director Phil Boyce, also a Citadel vice president, tells that Imus’s explanation suffices, and that "some people may be misunderstanding what he meant." Boyce says Imus will explain his remarks on tomorrow’s show, and it’s not likely that he will face disciplinary action.

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