When the pathetic old man of talk radio, Don Imus, insulted the ladies on the Rutgers Woman’s Basketball Team, in April of this year, by calling them “nappy-headed hos” he was ‘called on the carpet’ by his radio station and their bosses, and rightly so. Yes, he always does stuff like that and yes, that bit of slander against the basketball players was very mild compared to some of the other verbal attacks he’s mounted, but being a professional curmudgeon is no excuse for that particular stupidity. Imus was, as everyone knows, suspended and then fired by CBS and MSNBC and is only now settling up with his former employers and getting his radio career back on track.Throughout this mess, the ladies of the Rutgers Basketball Team acted like the high-class ladies they are and stayed as far out of the fray as they could — until now that is. Now one of the players, Kia Vaughn the teams “star” center, is suing Don Imus, MSNBC, NBC Universal, CBS Radio, CBS Corp., Viacom Inc., Westwood One Radio and Imus’ producer Bernard McGuirk for “libel, slander and defamation.” Its pretty obvious that Kia Vaughn is not after anything except money.
What Imus muttered (he ‘mutters’ everything) last April made no mention of the name Kia Vaughn and you can be certain, just based on that one fact, that Kia and her lawyer (Richard Ancowitz) have a baseless case that would see a loss if taken to court — but you can also be certain that Kia and her lawyer have no desire to go to court; what they want is a nice, fat out-of-court cash settlement, with another apology thrown in just for show. They’ll probably get it too, it’s doubtful, however, it’ll be as big and ‘juicy’ as Kia no doubt dreamed it would be when she settled her head on her pillow last night. Kia’s opponents have legal departments that face-down this kind of inconvenience every day; they’ll soon debase Kia of any notion of a win in court or a multi-million dollar settlement.
It would be nice if the rest of the Rutgers team stayed away from this lawsuit — nice but unlikely. There will probably be one or two others with dollar signs in their eyes who will be happy to trade their principles for a lucrative day ‘out-of-court.’
Boston Herald: Rutgers player hits Imus with defame suit
From the Blogosphere:
The Legal Satyricon: More Imus – Lame Defamation Suit – The Winds of Censorship Change Again
Macsmind: Rutgers Player Suing Imus?