First He Was Trying to Be Funny, Now He's Trying to Be Contrite
Al Sharpton was leading the charge over the weekend to have Don Imus fired for calling the Rutgers womens' basketball team "nappy-headed hos." Not to be outdone, Jesse Jackson is calling for a protest Monday outside NBC's station in Chicago.
Despite the fact that Imus is too much of a cash cow for CBS Radio and MSNBC to actually be fired over the remark -- bad, but not N-word bad -- the radio cowboy is apparently feeling the heat. So much so, that he'll appear on Sharpton's radio show Monday afternoon to tell everyone he's really, really sorry if anyone was offended. Or so we're led to believe.
By the way, if you didn't hear or see the conversation in question, MSNBC has conveniently offered up a transcript on its Web site.
It could also help explain why Imus' former foul-mouthed sportscaster, Sid Rosenberg, who's been popping up again on Imus' show lately, didn't make a scheduled appearance Saturday on WFAN, Imus' radio flagship, where Rosenberg also served as a sports-talk host. Rosenberg's been relegated to a shift on the number-two sports station in Miami after his off-color mouth and unreliability got him booted out of New York.
Imus: So, I watched the basketball game last night between — a little bit of Rutgers and Tennessee, the women's final.
Rosenberg: Yeah, Tennessee won last night — seventh championship for [Tennessee coach] Pat Summitt, I-Man. They beat Rutgers by 13 points.
Imus: That's some rough girls from Rutgers. Man, they got tattoos and —
McGuirk: Some hard-core hos.
Imus: That's some nappy-headed hos there. I'm gonna tell you that now, man, that's some — woo. And the girls from Tennessee, they all look cute, you know, so, like — kinda like — I don't know.
McGuirk: A Spike Lee thing.
McGuirk: The Jigaboos vs. the Wannabes — that movie that he had.
Imus: Yeah, it was a tough —
Charles McCord: Do The Right Thing.
McGuirk: Yeah, yeah, yeah.
Imus: I don't know if I'd have wanted to beat Rutgers or not, but they did, right?
Rosenberg: It was a tough watch. The more I look at Rutgers, they look exactly like the Toronto Raptors.