Statement From Cappie Pondexter, Mercury All-Star and Rutgers Alumna
Per Cappie Pondexter, Phoenix Mercury All-Star Guard and 2006 Rutgers alumna:
"I am confident that Coach Stringer and the Rutgers Women's Basketball team will handle this situation with class as always. Coach Stringer does a fantastic job in adverse situations. I know that the state of New Jersey, the university, family and friends will refuse to let this ignorance soil their achievements. These young women played their hearts out during the NCAA tournament and I thought they represented Rutgers University with the utmost class!
"Imus' racial comments are unacceptable and inappropriate. The fact that this is not the first time that improper comments were made concerning Black athletes shows where Imus stands. Not only were the comments racist, they were also misogynistic. Therefore, I do not feel that an apology or the two week suspension is ample punishment. It is my understanding that his show is supposed to be comedic. Who does this humor?
"Nonetheless, I believe that MSNBC/CBS will make the right decision."
Cappie Pondexter is currently playing professionally in Turkey where she was recently named Most Valuable Player at the EuroLeague Womenís All-Star game. Following her season in Turkey, Pondexter will return to Phoenix for her second WNBA season as a member of the Mercury. WNBA training camps open April 22 and the Phoenix Mercury open their 11th season on May 19 at US Airways Center vs. San Antonio.
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