Friday, April 13, 2007

Imus And Rutgers Girls Make Up

Don Imus met with members of the Rutgers University women's basketball team yesterday and their coach, C. Vivian Stringer, said the team had accepted his apology. The coach read a statement, "We, the Rutgers University Scarlet Knights basketball team, accept – accept – Mr. Imus's apology, and we are in the process of forgiving. We still find his statements to be unacceptable, and this is an experience that we will never forget. These comments are indicative of greater ills in our culture. It is not just Mr. Imus, and we hope that this will be and serve as a catalyst for change. Let us continue to work hard together to make this world a better place."

Imus's wife, Deirdre Imus, who was also at the meeting with the team members, called the young women "courageous and beautiful." She made the comments when she co-hosted a radio fundraiser for children's charities in place of her husband the day after he was fired by CBS Radio for calling the basketball players "nappy-headed hos." Deirdre discribed the meeting saying, "They gave us the opportunity to listen to what they had to say and why they're hurting and how awful this is." Deirdre Imus said that her husband "feels awful," about his comments. Deirdre went on to say, "He asked [the team], 'I want to know the pain I caused, and I want to know how to fix this and change this.' I have to say that these women are unbelievably courageous and beautiful women."

Deirdre Imus's work was also affected by her husband's troubles: Her promotional tour for her new book, Green This!, was cancelled "because of the enormous pressure that Deirdre and her family are under," Simon & Schuster publicist Victoria Meyer said.


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