Roland S. Martin
CNN Political Analyst
Shock jock Don Imus says he was just defending Adam "Pacman" Jones on Monday when he said that he asked about his race when discussing the Dallas Cowboys cornerback being arrested six times.
But I'm not buying it.
Imus, who was canned last year for making racially- and sexually-charged comments about the Rutgers women's basketball team, says he is being unfairly criticized for his comments.
But I listened to them, and I don't see how he can make such a comment.
Imus walks a tight rope. He's not in jeopardy of losing his job. Citadel and WABC Radio pay him a ton of dough. They likely see this as good PR. But for him personally, this wasn't a smart move.
By the way, if Imus was concerned about police targeting black men and harassing them, was he vocal over the Sean Bell shooting?
I'm just asking.
Maybe there is some good out of this. Maybe Imus really does care about the issue of driving while black or walking while back.
My advice: Don't make Pacman the poster child. He's an idiot who brought it on himself. His race had nothing to do with his arrests. When your involvement in a strip club shooting leads to your suspension, and on the night before you are to meet with the NFL commissioner to save your hide, and you go to a strip club, you're just dumb as hell.
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