In fact, Imus is surprised anyone even questions this. "No man has more discussions about race than I have." Yeah, you're Cornel fucking West. But the indignation doesn't end there: "What people should be outraged about is that they arrest blacks for no reason, and I mean there's no reason to arrest this kid six times."
And, well… No. Jones should have been arrested six times, probably more. He's spat in a woman's face on more than one occasion. At a strip club, he allegedly grabbed a woman by the hair and smashed her head into the floor. He was tangentially involved in a shooting that left a man permanently disabled. He has a long string of arrests, all, as best I can tell, well deserved. In fact, it seems he's been treated very tamely by the law by virtue of being a pro athlete.
All of which makes Imus' explanation a steaming pile of horseshit. Because if you know anything about Jones, you know he's not "a lovely kid" who was just "out there having fun." He's a sociopathic goon who likes to assault women. So, Imus defending him is hollow and stupid and puts the lie to his claims of making some sort "sarcastic point."
Face it, Imus. You're a racist douche. You know it, I know it, everyone knows it. Now, kindly shut the fuck up.
P.S. The article also states "Imus pointed out that his show has a black producer and two black co-hosts." Yes, you guessed it: some of Imus' best friends are black.