"jigaboo"???? Holy shit, Imus. I thought that term was retired about 30 years ago. I don't have a lot to add to this story, Imus says enough:
On his show, produced by WFAN Radio in New York and simulcast on TV by MSNBC, Imus on Wednesday referred to the Rutgers players as "nappy-headed ho's." Rutgers lost to Tennessee on Tuesday night in the NCAA women's championship game.Uh, yeah.
After Imus described Tennessee's players as "cute," his producer, Bernard McGuirk, went on to call the matchup "the jigaboos vs. the wannabees."
He apologized Friday at 6:06 a.m. ET on his show.
"[I] want to take a moment to apologize for an insensitive and ill-conceived remark we made the other morning referring to the Rutgers women's basketball team. It was completely inappropriate, and we can understand why people were offended. Our characterization was thoughtless and stupid, so, and we're sorry."
"We agree with Mr. Imus that this was, in his own words, an 'idiot comment,' " a Rutgers spokesperson said in a statement. "We are very proud of the success of the Rutgers women's basketball team. Coach [C. Vivian] Stringer and the Rutgers players are outstanding ambassadors for this great institution."
Shortly after Imus made his apology, MSNBC issued a statement.
"While simulcast by MSNBC, 'Imus in the Morning' is not a production of the cable network and is produced by WFAN Radio," the statement read. "As Imus makes clear every day, his views are not those of MSNBC. We regret that his remarks were aired on MSNBC and apologize for these offensive comments."
The presidents of the NCAA and Rutgers released a joint statement Friday.
"The NCAA and Rutgers University are offended by the insults on MSNBC's Don Imus program toward the 10 young women on the Rutgers basketball team," the statement read. "It is unconscionable that anyone would use the airways to utter such disregard for the dignity of human beings who have accomplished much and deserve great credit."