PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) - Rutgers women's basketball coach C.
Vivian Stringer on Tuesday called comments made by radio host Don
Imus "racist and sexists remarks that are deplorable, despicable
"These young ladies are the best this nation has to offer, and
we are so very fortunate to have them at Rutgers University,"
Stringer said of her players. "They are young ladies of class,
distinction. They are articulate, they are gifted. They are God's
representatives in every sense of the word."
Imus was suspended for two weeks for calling the Rutgers female
basketball players "nappy-headed hos."
"It's not about them (players) as black or nappy headed. It's
about us as a people," Stringer said. "When there is not equality
for all, or when there has been denied equality for one, there has
been denied equality for all."
She further said: "While they worked hard in the classroom and
accomplished so much and used their gifts and talents, you know, to
bring the smiles and the pride within this state in so many people,
we had to experience racist and sexist remarks that are deplorable,
despicable, and abominable and unconscionable. It hurts me."