The outspoken radio show host Don Imus has done it again.
Six months after returning to the air and pledging to mend racial relations caused by a racist and sexist comment he made about the Rutgers women’s basketball team, Imus has once again injected race into his radio show.
The comments occurred on Monday’s “Imus in the Morning” show when during a discussion about Dallas Cowboys cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones’ numerous run-ins with the law, Imus asked, “What color is he?”
Sports announcer Warner Wolf said Jones is African American.
Imus, 67, responded, “There you go. Now we know.”
Imus, whose show airs on WABC-AM, called the flurry of criticism surrounding the comments “ridiculous” and said that his program’s cast is now more diverse than ever. Imus’ show has a black producer and two black co-hosts.
Civil rights leader Al Sharpton issued a statement calling the exchange disturbing “because it plays into stereotypes.” Sharpton chastised Imus last April when the talk show host made disparaging remarks about the Rutger’s basketball team. Sharpton said his National Action Network was still deciding how to respond.
“I know there are some people who want to get me,” said Imus. “I know they want to get me but this is ridiculous.”
Jones told The Dallas Morning News on Tuesday that he is upset by Imus’ comments and plans to pray for the radio host.
Obviously Mr. Imus has problems with African Americans. I’m upset, and I hope the station he works for handles it accordingly. I pray for him.”
WABC and Citadel Broadcasting Corp. Vice President Phil Boyce said Monday that it was unlikely the broadcasters would take disciplinary action against Imus.