And then there was Imus. NBC's Rehema Ellis took the same tack as Deborah Roberts did yesterday on ABC: Ellis examined the "negative and insulting" slang for which Imus was criticized in the African-American population in general, and by hip-hop singers in particular. Ellis quoted Calvin Broadus--that is Snoop Dogg to you: "We are rappers that have these songs coming from our minds and from our souls that are relevant to what we feel." ABC's David Muir (no link) relayed how one player criticized Imus to his face at their three-hour private meeting: "You claim to have not known how much these words would hurt. You are a man of words. You have been in the business for 38 years. How could you not know?" And CBS' Nancy Cordes quoted coach Vivian Stringer's statement of forgiveness on behalf of her players when the meeting ended: "Let this man have some level of integrity. Let him grow."
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