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Don Imus Says Race Comment Was Misunderstood

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Published on Jun 23, 2008

PlusDon Imus Says Race Comment Was MisunderstoodDon Imus Says Race Comment Was MisunderstoodThe Associated PressMonths after returning to the radio with a pledge to mend the wounds caused by his comments about a women's basketball team, Don Imus is once again defending on-air remarks regarding race. (June 23)[Notes:ANCHOR VOICE] [Notes:Dateline: New York][Notes:NATS up Imus] It's been just six months since Don Imus returned to radio... And he's already causing another stir by a racially charged comment he made on air. [Notes:Photo Warner Wolf, Adam Jones]The former M-S-N-B-C anchor was talking with sports announcer Warner Wolf on Imus's radio show.They were discussing the arrests of suspended Dallas Cowboys cornerback Adam 'PacMan' Jones [Notes:SOT radio show] [Notes:File vid Sharpton]Al Sharpton is criticizing the remarks.The civil rights leader says his National Action Network will look into it. [Notes:File vid Imus] But Imus says he was simply misunderstood. [Notes:Graphic with text statement]He released a statement saying 'I meant that he was being picked on because he's black.' [Notes:File vid Imus, Rutgers basketball team] Last year ... M-S-N-B-C and C-B-S Radio fired Imus for making a sexist and racially charged comment about the Rutgers University women's basketball team. [Notes:File Imus]But his current employer ... Citadel Broadcasting ... says this time it's **not** likely the broadcasters would take disciplinary action. ___ ___, The Associated Press.(****END****)

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