Rutgers coach C. Vivian Stringer has provided her condolences to the family of the late radio legend Don Imus, who used a racial slur to describe the women’s basketball crew in 2007.
“The Rutgers family has discovered peace via the years, and we’re pleased with our response to hateful phrases spoken years in the past,” Stringer, 71, stated in a press release, 4 days after Imus died at age 79 of problems from lung illness.
“We’re pleased with the constructive change it has led to and the lesson that got here with it — ladies and African People must be handled with respect, not solely within the media, however in all walks of life,” the coach stated within the assertion after the Scarlet Knights’ 66-56 loss to Indiana.
“It’s our prayer that Don finds everlasting peace in his passing and we want his family energy,” she added.
In 2007, the controversial shock jock misplaced his “Imus within the Morning” spot on WFAN and a TV gig on MSNBC after describing the Knights as “nappy-headed hos” on his present when the crew misplaced the NCAA championship recreation to Nashville’s Girl Volunteers.
He can be employed later that 12 months by WABC and proceed his profession. His radio present was additionally simulcast on tv on the Fox Enterprise Community from 2009 to 2015.
Imus apologized repeatedly, calling his comment “fully inappropriate … inconsiderate and silly,” and met with the crew to hear how his remark damage them.
Stringer stated she hasn’t thought a lot about Imus since forgiving him years in the past.
She stated she met with him after he used the slur and he instructed her he “didn’t come to save his job however to save his soul. That’s what he stated, and he felt regret for the phrases he stated.
“To say that it didn’t damage isn’t true. However for those who enable these hurtful issues to devour you, they personal you. We’ve forgiven him and moved on,” she stated.
“He genuinely felt, I feel, regret for the phrases he stated. Everyone makes errors and says issues that they shouldn’t say. I feel that our gamers discovered rather a lot from that, and I’m pleased with them and our basketball crew,” she added.
Stringer, who on the time referred to as Imus’ feedback “racist and sexist remarks which might be deplorable, despicable and unconscionable,” admitted that the controversy stays an indelible a part of her legacy because the Rutgers coach.
“I’m tied to that now. No getting round that. It’s what it’s. Pleased with the way in which the crew responded. Pleased with the help we received from so many followers and folks. Pleased with the very fact we stood up for what’s proper. All our gamers discovered a extremely good lesson.”
With Publish wires