Senior national correspondent and Political Punch author Jake Tapper blogs:
In an interview with MTV News, rapper Snoop Dogg rejected the claim by embattled radio shock jock Don Imus that his description of the Rutgers Women's basketball team as "nappy headed ho's" was nothing more than what rappers regularly say.
"It's a completely different scenario," said Snoop in a phone interview. "We are not talking about no collegiate basketball girls who have made it to the next level in education and sports. We're talking about ho's that's in the 'hood that ain't doing sh--, that's trying to get a n---a for his money. These are two separate things.
"First of all," Mr. Dogg elaborated, "we ain't no old-ass white men that sit up on MSNBC going hard on black girls. We are rappers that have these songs coming from our minds and our souls that are relevant to what we feel. I will not let them muthaf---as say we in the same league as him."
Snoop had a punishment in mind for Mr. Imus.
"Kick him off the air forever," said Mr. Dogg. "Ban him like they did 'Pacman' Jones*. They kicked him out the League for the whole season, but this punk gets to get on the air and call black women 'nappy-headed ho's.' "
Incidentally, Mr. Dogg today pleaded no contest to felony charges from October for transportation of marijuana and possession of a firearm. He was sentenced to five years of probation and 800 hours of community service.
*Adam "Pacman" Jones, star cornerback of the Tennessee Titans, was yesterday suspended by the NFL for the entire 2007 football season because of numerous run-ins with the law, necessitating 10 interviews with police, most recently surrounding allegations Jones was involved in a February shooting at a gentleman's club in Las Vegas.