The Rutgers women's basketball team would have preferred to earn headlines by virtue of a surprising run to the national championship game and runner-up finish behind Tennessee, but Don Imus had other ideas.
Odds are Imus didn't know Rutgers junior Essence Carson is a music major who plays four instruments.
Hours after Rutgers fell to Tennessee in the title game in Cleveland, Imus described the Scarlet Knights, whose roster includes eight African-American student-athletes and two Caucasian student-athletes, as "nappy-headed hos" on his nationally syndicated and nationally televised morning radio show. And so just days before baseball prepared to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Jackie Robinson's first game with the Brooklyn Dodgers, sports once again found itself at the center of a national debate about race.
But after days of apologies from Imus, news that public figures like Cal Ripken are canceling appearances on his show and a two-week suspension of the show by both CBS Radio and MSNBC, what is your take on the controversy, SportsNation? Should Imus have been fired?
And in an age where any comment, no matter how small the original audience, can become a national debate in a matter of hours, how did you hear about this story?