Rutgers Player Drops Suit Against Shock Jock Don Imus

Rutgers Player Drops Suit Against Shock Jock Don Imus

Published February 11, 2008

Posted Sept. 13, 2007 – The sista from the Rutgers Women's Basketball team who filed a slander and defamation suit against Don Imus last month has decided to drop it.

Kia Vaughn's reason?  A spokesman for Vaughn's lawyer says she's not offering any formal explanation other than she's decided to focus more on her studies and athletic commitments, The New York Times reports.

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The lawsuit claimed her character and reputation were damaged by Imus when he described Vaughn and her teammates as "nappy-headed hos" during a radio broadcast. Vaughn was also asking for unspecified monetary damages.

Joseph Tacopina, a lawyer for Imus' sidekick, Bernard McGuirk, says the suit didn't have a chance in the first place.

"The suit was absolutely ridiculous," he tells the New York Post. "We were gearing up to file a motion to dismiss," adding that Imus never mentioned Vaughn by name during on-air insult of the Rutgers Women's Basketball team.

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