Sunday, February 14, 2016

OK, I guess Imus is a reverse racist, then

OK, I guess Imus is a reverse racist, then


I try to avoid the comic stylings of Don Imus, but his latest cryptic remarks about football bad boy Adam "Pacman" Jones seem to be the only thing on the teevee this morning, and -- that being the case -- there is something that jumps out about it.

On Monday, on his radio show that is heard God knows where now, the I-Man interrupted a sports report about Jones' latest arrest to ask what race the player is and when the answer came back African-American, he said "well, OK, there you go. Now we know." Pretty lame stuff, and now today comes the inevitable explanation:

"What people should be outraged about is that they arrest blacks for no reason," Imus said Tuesday. "I mean, there's no reason to arrest this kid six times. Maybe he did something once, but everyone does something once."

Maybe he did something once? Unless Jones is the victim of the worst police conspiracy in American history, it doesn't look that way. Here are just a few snippets from a USA Today article that tries to summarize his record:

Jones has been arrested six times since entering the league and has been involved in 12 incidents requiring police intervention. He was present at a Las Vegas strip club shooting that left a club employee paralyzed during 2007 NBA All-Star weekend. He pleaded no contest Dec. 6 to conspiracy to commit disorderly conduct in a deal that reduced two felony charges of coercion stemming from the strip club shooting. The coercion charges each carried a possible sentence of one to six years in prison.


Jones also agreed to pay a $20,000 gambling debt to a Las Vegas casino to settle a criminal complaint alleging the suspended NFL player wrote three bad checks.

His problems began in college. Jones was sentenced to a year in prison for a bar fight, but the sentence was later suspended in exchange for two years of probation.

His record is even worse than that. If you have the time, and if you're at work right now you probably don't, read the Wikipedia entry on all his legal problems. One thing that strikes me is that a lot of the incidents involve violence against women -- which is really as low as it gets.

And so now Imus is claiming that Jones is being targeted because he's black? What an insult to the vast majority of successful African-American athletes out there, who not only play the game hard and stay out of trouble but also give a lot back to the community. Here in Philadelphia, how many have Jimmy Rollins or Donovan McNabb or Andre Miller or Ryan Howard been arrested? They're black superstars -- why aren't the police targeting them? Or is it reverse racism to say that "Pacman" Jones is only busted because he's black?

In other words, if you believe Imus' story, he's not insulting blacks anymore -- just the police and the women who've been harassed or assaulted by Jones. Is that really progress?

We encourage respectful comments but reserve the right to delete anything that doesn't contribute to an engaging dialogue.
Help us moderate this thread by flagging comments that violate our guidelines.

Comment policy: comments are intended to be civil, friendly conversations. Please treat other participants with respect and in a way that you would want to be treated. You are responsible for what you say. And please, stay on topic. If you see an objectionable post, please report it to us using the "Report Abuse" option.

Please note that comments are monitored by staff. We reserve the right at all times to remove any information or materials that are unlawful, threatening, abusive, libelous, defamatory, obscene, vulgar, pornographic, profane, indecent or otherwise objectionable. Personal attacks, especially on other participants, are not permitted. We reserve the right to permanently block any user who violates these terms and conditions.

Additionally comments that are long, have multiple paragraph breaks, include code, or include hyperlinks may not be posted.

Read 0 comments
comments powered by Disqus
About this blog
Will Bunch, a senior writer at the Philadelphia Daily News, blogs about his obsessions, including national and local politics and world affairs, the media, pop music, the Philadelphia Phillies, soccer and other sports, not necessarily in that order.


...but not with racial slurs, potentially libelous allegations, obscenities or other juvenile noise. Such comments will, at our discretion, be deleted in their entirety, and repeat offenders will be blocked from commenting. ALSO: Any commenter advocating killing any government official will be immediately banned.

Reach Will at

Will Bunch
Also on
letter icon Newsletter