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East Texans Share Opinions On Latest Imus Flap

It appears shock-jock Don Imus is out of hot water after making what some are calling a racist comment concerning Dallas Cowboys cornerback Adam Jones.

A spokesperson for Citadel Broadcasting, which broadcasts Imus' show, says disciplinary action against Imus is unlikely.

Imus was on the hot seat defending himself, saying he's been misunderstood.

But as KLTV 7 News' Courtney Lane shows us many listeners and some east Texans think he's gone too far once again.

So what did Imus say about Adam Jones that is causing all this fuss? Well...

Imus: "What color is he?"

Wolf: "He's African-American."

Imus: "Well, there you go. Now we know."

Imus was referring to the number of times Jones has been arrested since he was drafted into the NFL.

And some east Texans think he has gone too far - again.

"I think Don Imus has gone out of line, I really do and he probably needs to be off the air, it's time," said Margo Fritz.

"I don't think he should have said that; I don't think race makes a difference," said Fred Hurtwig.

Back on the air this morning, the shock-jock was on the defense.

Imus said what he meant was that Jones is picked on because he's black, and that it was a sarcastic remark.

"What people should be outraged about is that they arrest blacks for no reason. I know that some people want to get me ... but this is ridiculous," said Imus.

"If that's what he was trying to say, then he should have said that," pointed out Zandra Steward today. "Not 'there you go'. That's like saying well, he's black, there you go...you have people like that in all races. It doesn't matter. If that's what he was trying to say; he was trying to defend that then he should have said exactly that and nothing else."

Last time Imus made an insensitive racial comment, he was fired, but this time, it doesn't look like he will face any disciplinary action.

"It doesn't show very responsible management at a radio station," said Fred Hurtwig.

"I think second strike is enough, I really do. Somebody like that doesn't need to be on the radio, especially if they're racist. It's supposed to be an equal world today," said Margo Fritz.

"If that's the way you feel that's fine I feel like people have a freedom of speech and the can say what they want to say but it shouldn't be voiced to the people in public," said Nastascia Horton.

Either way, Imus is still on the air in the mornings, and the debate will continue.

We want to know what you think: is this another case of a racist radio shock jock or, was Imus trying to use humor to make a point about race?

Just go to our homepage and vote on our poll question.

Courtney Lane, reporting. clane@kltv.com

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