Don Imus has about $40 million left on his contract with CBS Radio. Apparently he'd like to receive that. According to CNN Imus has Martin Garbus, a New York-based attorney at the law firm Davis & Gilbert who is widely recognized as one of the country's most able First Amendment lawyers and
the two sides are gearing up for a legal showdown that could turn on how language in his contract that encouraged the radio host to be irreverent and engage in character attacks is interpreted, according to one person who has read the contract.
According to CNN, the language, according to this source, was part of a five-year contract that went into effect in 2006 and that paid Imus close to $10 million a year. It stipulates that Imus be given a
warning before being fired for doing what he made a career out of - making off-color jokes. The source described it as a "dog has one- bite clause." A lawsuit could be filed within a month, this person predicted.
Even if Imus can't get his job back, he has every right to go after his money. While I had no problem with him being suspended for his "nappy-headed ho's" comment and money played a huge part in this as well, but CBS still showed nothing but sheer cowardice in pandering to Al Sharpton and the PC-police and firing him. Imus has been doing his style of irreverent humor for years and anyone who thinks he's a racist has never listened to the man's show. So this isn't just a matter of CBS going too far, but free speech as well. Even if he doesn't get his job back, I hope that at the very least he gets every single penny of that $40 mill.