Rutgers Team Angry but Will Meet Imus
By REBECCA SANTANA (Associated Press Writer)
From Associated Press
April 10, 2007 12:49 PM EDT
PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Rutgers women’s basketball coach on Tuesday called the comments radio host Don Imus made about her team “racist and sexist remarks that are deplorable, despicable and unconscionable.”
“These young ladies before you are valedictorians, future doctors, musical prodigies,” coach C. Vivian Stringer told a nationally publicized news conference a day after the uproar over Imus’ comments led to a two-week suspension of his show.
Team member Essence Carson said she and the other players were angry and disgusted but would meet with Imus. They stopped short of saying whether they thought he should be fired for calling the team “nappy-headed hos.”
“We are students first,” Carson said. “We did not do anything to deserve his controversy.”
But she said, “We all agreed the meeting with Mr. Imus will help.” (Story.)
I’m sick of good people giving serial assholes a chance to save their careers. These women should not meet with Imus and should not help him rehabilitate his image just in time for sweeps.
Oh, you didn’t notice that? Hunh.
Congrats to the school for standing behind the team, and now I’d like to see Coach Stringer and the team issue a statement that reads something like this:
We’re sorry, but Don Imus is a man with a long record of public racism. His comments about us represent the rule of his career, not the exception. We feel that meeting with him would only help salvage his ability to continue being the racist he’s always been, and we can’t help noticing that his suspension is scheduled to end just in time for the May ratings sweeps.
We’ll be in the library studying so that we can help make the world the kind of place where people like Don Imus don’t exist.