Imus defends 'color' comment as sarcastic

  • Updated: June 24, 2008 - 9:52 PM

NEW YORK - Don Imus, responding to criticism about racial remarks on his radio program, said on the air Tuesday that he was trying to "make a sarcastic point" about unfair treatment of blacks in the criminal justice system but had been misunderstood.

Imus, at left, resurrected his radio career six months ago with a pledge to mend the wounds caused by a racist and sexist comment he made about Rutger's University women's basketball team.

During an on-air conversation Monday about suspended Dallas Cowboy's cornerback Adam Jones' run-ins with the law, Imus asked, "What color is he?" Sports announcer Warner Wolf said Jones -- known as Pacman -- is "African-American." Imus responded: "There you go. Now we know."

"What people should be outraged about is that they arrest blacks for no reason," Imus said Tuesday.

Jones told the Dallas Morning News in Tuesday editions that he's upset by Imus' comments and plans to pray for the radio host.

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