Don Imus has been fired from his long-time position at CBS radio following the week-long controversy that stemmed from comments he made on his radio show shortly after the Women’s NCAA Championship game. If you’ve been to this blog at all in the last week, you know that it has completely enveloped our lives. Barring some sort of huge, unexpected event, this will likely be the end of the issue around these parts. Whether or not this was the right thing to do has been hotly debated by commenters and bloggers alike, and I’m sure the conversation will go on after this. One positive aspect of the firing, undoubtedly, is brought up in the ESPN article:

Soaries said the fact that Imus was off the air on both MSNBC and CBS took some pressure off of the upcoming meeting with the Rutgers women.

“This removes the burden from Rutgers women to determine the status of Imus’ employment,” Soaries said in a telephone interview.”

My main driving force during this whole issue has been the girls on the team. I really want what’s best for them, and they never called for Imus to be fired. They avoided the subject because his termination was not their cause. They wanted to meet with him, to talk to him and make sure he understood that there was a human element to his words. The meeting is still on, and that should be the best thing to come out of all of this. But perhaps Imus being fired is for the best.  There is no doubt that CBS would have faced massive scrutiny had they not followed MSNBC ‘s actions.  Also, it sets a precedent for broadcasters to think before they speak ill about people who haven’t done anything to provoke their insults. Please, don’t flood me with comments like “Oh yeah? Well Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton are the real racists!” because I don’t want to make this about them. I keep saying, if you pull everyone else out of it, you are left with a radio host and a group of students. The radio host said something that truly hurt those students. Forget black and white, imagine if this was your sister or your daughter or your friend. Imagine if you personally knew the person who was hurt. Forget about all of the protesters and cable news panels and journalists, forget about Jackson and Sharpton. Imagine how these girls feel, and then think about what the just punishment would be. If you still think he should be on the air, then that’s perfectly fine. But don’t let the hype take you away from the real heart of the issue.