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Women's Basketball Team Accepts US Broadcaster's Apology


Members of a U.S. women's college basketball team have accepted an apology from a radio host who was fired for insulting them with racial slurs.

The Rutgers University team issued a statement Friday, saying it is "in the process of forgiving" broadcaster Don Imus after meeting with him the previous day at the governor's mansion in New Jersey.

CBS Corporation canceled Imus' radio show Thursday following a public outcry over his racially-charged comments. A cable television network (MSNBC) that aired the show and several sponsors had already dropped him.

Imus made the comments after the team, which is predominantly black, lost the championship game for women's college basketball. Rutgers head coach Vivian Stringer said Friday that the comments speak to wider problems of sexism and racism.

The broadcaster's wife, Deirdre Imus, took over his radio charity drive on Friday. She said Rutgers players have been receiving hate mail and demanded that it stop.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.

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