Don Imus Doesn’t Care About Black People
June 24, 2008 at 10:52am by Scott • 1 Comment »
After hearing a news report about Adam Jones dropping the nickname “Pacman”, radio host Don Imus had the following old-man episode with his news anchor:
During a morning segment on his WABC radio show in New York, Imus was listening to a report from anchor Warner Wolf about Jones dropping his nickname, “Pacman.”
Wolf mentioned that Jones was arrested six times since he was drafted in 2005.
Imus then asked, “What color is he?”
“He’s African-American,” Wolf said.
“Well, there you go,” Imus said. “Now we know.”
In a textbook case of “You know you fucked up when”, Jones had the following response:
“I’m truly upset about the comments,” Jones said. “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.”
Imus has to feel like complete shit. Not because of what he said… I’m sure he meant it. But the man who was arrested six times, involved in a shooting that left a man paralyzed, suspended from the NFL for a year and is exactly one jaywalking ticket away from never being allowed to touch a football again is praying for him. That’s like Charles Manson calling you crazy or Mike Myers calling you unfunny. How do you sink lower?
Imus just needs to keep his nose out of football stories altogether. Just by asking the question, he showed he has no knowledge of the game at all. Quick, name five white cornerbacks in the last ten years. Once you get past Jason Sehorn, you’re kind of stuck, aren’t you? Everybody knows that. Imus is either just that dumb, or he was trying to make a point. Now, using the “What is more likely?” test, which one would you pick?
(Upon further review, NFL Adam already made the Sehorn reference, but since I still thought of it myself, I’m still keeping mine up. It actually frightens me a little that I think like he does. Someone do me the favor of slapping me if I ever start rooting for the Angels.)