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Can we talk? The Imus story is helping

If the Don Imus story leads to a productive debate about hip-hop lyrics, it will be as useful as the Pete Rose, Len Bias and O.J. Simpson sagas were, writes Richard Lapchick.

Updated: April 18, 2007, 1:04 PM ET
By Richard Lapchick | Special to ESPN.com

We might finally be approaching the end of the story about Don Imus and the obscene, vulgar, racist and sexist language he used on the air to describe the women's basketball team at Rutgers University. It's fitting that Imus was removed from both MSNBC and CBS, and it's good that coach C. Vivian Stringer's team is being recognized as a classy, intelligent group of outstanding student-athletes.

Another good might have come out of this, too, in that it seems to have helped us open a more ...

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