The controversial radio host handed away on December 27.
Over 12 years in the past, shock jock Don Imus was fired for his on-air feedback in regards to the Rutgers girls’s basketball staff. During the NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship, Imus was commenting on the gamers being “rough girls” as a result of that they had tattoos. His govt producer known as the ladies, 9 of whom have been black, “hardcore hos.” Imus quipped they have been “nappy-headed hos” earlier than the producer replied the groups seemed like “jigaboos versus the wannabes.” The latter was not solely a racially-charged insult however a reference to Spike Lee’s basic 1988 movie School Daze.
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Imus was later fired from CBS Radio, however that wasn’t the top of his profession as he was employed on with one other broadcasting firm simply months later. The incident has been lengthy forgotten by many, however after Imus handed away in the course of the vacation season, his controversial second as soon as once more took heart stage.
Longtime Rutgers girls’s basketball coach Vivian Stringer has made a press release in regards to the speak present host’s passing, and she or he provided her condolences to his household. Where some have harbored unforgiveness through the years, Stringer mentioned that she hasn’t even thought in regards to the scandal for fairly a while. However, Imus’s earlier insults nonetheless hit exhausting.
“The Rutgers family has found peace through the years, and we are proud of our response to the hateful words that he had years ago,” Stringer mentioned in a press release. “As African-American women, we don’t feel that we should be treated ― or anyone else should be treated ― like that.” She added, “He genuinely felt, I believe, regret for the phrases he mentioned. Everybody makes errors and says issues that they shouldn’t say. I believe that our gamers realized lots from that, and I’m pleased with them and our basketball staff.”