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NFL Casts Doubt on Limbaugh's Bid

UPDATED (6:22 p.m.)...

BOSTON--Commissioner Roger Goodell said here Tuesday that it would be inappropriate for the owner of an NFL franchise to make the sort of controversial statements attributed in the past to conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh.

"I've said many times before we're all held to a high standard here, and I think divisive comments are not what the NFL is all about," Goodell said at an NFL owners' meeting. "I would not want to see those comments coming from people who are in a responsible position in the NFL, absolutely not."

Limbaugh has acknowledged being part of a group bidding for the St. Louis Rams.

Goodell and several owners said Tuesday that the Rams' sale process is in its early stages and the league is far from considering a potential bid by Limbaugh and Dave Checketts, the chairman of hockey's St. Louis Blues.

But any proposed franchise sale would have to be approved by three-quarters of the owners, and Goodell's comments signaled that it perhaps would be unlikely that Limbaugh's bid would be ratified by the other teams.

Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay said he would not vote in favor of approving Limbaugh as an owner.

"I would not be in favor of voting for him," Irsay said. "I could ask Tony Dungy, Jim Caldwell, Dwight Freeney and consult with them, but there have been comments that have been made that have been inappropriate, incendiary and insensitive. It's bigger than football. We have to watch the words that we say.... Sometimes privileges in life do get lost. I would not feel comfortable.

"I've met Rush only once and he seemed like a nice guy. But when you see the comments that are out there, I would not be comfortable. I myself couldn't be in favor of voting for him.... We've got to watch our words in this world and our thoughts because they can do damage."

The issue did not come up at the owners' annual fall meeting Tuesday, being held at a Boston hotel.

"That really hasn't come up," Irsay said. "John Shaw [a senior adviser to Rams' ownership] gave us a brief update on what they're trying to do."

The matter would come before the owners for their approval only if the Rams decide to proceed with a sale.

"Right now they're in an exploratory phase," New York Giants co-owner Steve Tisch said. "Until they've seen all the offers and all the potential buyers, only then will they decide. I do think they would like to make a decision one way or the other by the end of the season."

The Rev. Al Sharpton reportedly sent a letter to Goodell on Monday urging the NFL to reject Limbaugh's ownership bid. Jesse Jackson also expressed public opposition to Limbaugh's bid.

"I haven't seen a lot of the media reports at this point in time," Goodell said Tuesday. "We've been in our league meetings. But we had a report from the Rams this morning on their sale process. They're at an extremely early stage in that. They have not even fully committed to selling the franchise. They gave us a brief update on the process without identifying any of the bidders but mentioning very clearly that there were multiple bidders. It's really premature for us to speculate on anyone that may or may not be involved in any of the ownership groups. At this point in time, they have not all been fully identified to us.

"So at this point in time we'll continue our process, which is to allow the Rams to go through the process of deciding whether they're going to sell and who they sell to. And then at some point, the NFL will be engaged and we will put whatever ownership group is put forth through our process."

Several NFL players have said since Limbaugh's bid became public that they would not play for a team owned by Limbaugh.

"The views of a lot of people, most importantly our players--and I've talked to players so I understand the issue with players--the comments that Rush made, specifically about Donovan [McNabb], I disagree with very strongly," Goodell said. "Those are polarizing comments that we don't think reflect accurately on the NFL or our players. I obviously do not believe those comments are positive. They're divisive, and that's a negative thing for us. But I disagree with those comments very strongly and I told the players that."

In 2003, Limbaugh resigned from ESPN after making controversial comments about McNabb, the quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles. Limbaugh said on the network's studio show that "the media has been very desirous that a black quarterback do well. There is a little hope invested in McNabb, and he got a lot of credit for the performance of this team that he didn't deserve. The defense carried this team."

DeMaurice Smith, the executive director of the NFL Players Association, reportedly expressed his personal reservations about Limbaugh's bid in a memo to players on the union's ruling executive committee, and urged players to express their views about the matter publicly. The union has no formal role in approval of an ownership bid.

By Mark Maske  |  October 13, 2009; 1:45 PM ET  | Category:  League , Rams Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Goodell, It's a shame he believes the media pimps...not a racist bone in Rush's body. I've listen to him along time. The media can't even source the supposed comment. It's a shame we have a worthless media of propaganda and no news.

Standards? we now have an adult dog killer playing ball.

But the NFL needs Rush more than Rush needs the NFL....

Posted by: ekim53 | October 15, 2009 12:28 AM

Funny that so many anti-Rush commenters mention his drug use. I suspect they voted for Barack Obama and are just okey-dokey with Obama's published admission of cocaine and marijuana use. Drug user for president: good. Drug user for NFL owner: bad.

I say: "HYPO"
You say: "CRIT".

Posted by: twolaneflash | October 14, 2009 9:02 PM

The NFL has the double-murderer Ray Lewis playing, and and its top politicians tell us they don't want "divisiveness?" WTF?!


The NFL is all about money. Tickets are unaffordable in most places for the middle-class, The teams are losing parity, and its becoming all about the Jerry Jones spectacle - just like Professional Wrestling. Add in their new concern for political correctness, and we can say with confidence the NFL's best days are behind it.

Posted by: pgr88 | October 14, 2009 3:34 PM

rush should join the Taliban first.

and his listeners are all -
bad mouth accusation freaks!

Posted by: ryan_heart | October 14, 2009 2:45 PM

Goodell, get some balls!
Your letting the race baiters and hate mongers rule your mouth.
Instead of calling out these people on their lies and outright fabrications about Mr. Limbaugh, you could have taken the high road and defended a private citizen whose being defamed and who is a real fan of the NFL.
You could have elevated yourself above these sewer-dwellers, but chose to crawl in the muck with them.

Posted by: wsbowles | October 14, 2009 2:25 PM

Rush Limbaugh can't be racist!

Any perception of racism by a right-winger is simply imaginary.

The right can't be racist, since the right-wing says there is no such thing as racism by the right-wing.

Only minorities, liberals and Democrats can be racist, but not Republicans and the right-wing.

Oddly enough, that allows the right-wing to be as racist as they want, since right-wing racism doesn't exist.

Posted by: republican_disaster | October 14, 2009 1:19 PM

When does the NFL ban all the felons and thugs on the field?

Posted by: Skipper50 | October 14, 2009 7:25 AM

And this is the man whose cowardly father stole the franchise from Baltimore in the middle of the night. He is a hypocrite, has no credibility, and should have no say in who can or cannot own an NFL team.

Posted by: PAR65 | October 14, 2009 7:04 AM

I don't like anything about Rush Limbaugh, not his views, his antics, his incitements, his racism, sexism and homophobia. But does all that disqualify him from being an investor in the ownership of an NFL team? I don' think so. If the NFL is worried about setting a good example, they might start with cleaning out the thugs and criminals that play the game. Most football fans, whether rabid (not me) or casual (yep) don't pay the least bit of attention to what the team owners say or do unless it affects who's playing, and who's winning or losing. Other than that, most of us could care less.

On the other hand, this HAS gotten Rushbo back in the spotlight after Beck stole so much of his thunder. Wonder what the radio zoo clown will do next to raise the ante? Will Beck announce he's making a bid for the Yankees?

Posted by: windrider2 | October 14, 2009 1:07 AM

Limbaugh is an angry, treasonous, child molesting drug addict- a liar who inspires a vocal minority of hate-filled Americans to obstruct government progress & solid Democratic leadership that doesn't support their extremist, capitalist, nutty "conservative" views. Clearly, Rush Limbaugh belongs in a penitentiary, not an NFL luxury box. Shame on the misguided Americans who listen to his creepy, uniformed, misguided propaganda.

Posted by: rsampson02 | October 14, 2009 12:51 AM

The NFL is a minimum security facility for a substantial percentage of hoodlums. For Mr, Irsay, who probably does not know the specific background of many on his roster, does not care to know and even if he did would would not address those issues as long as his team is winning is completely hypocritical. He would be better served confronting the owners such as Al Davis who day in and day out are doing a greater disservice to the league and the fan community by not selling their respective clubs and moving on than Rush Limbaugh would ever do. I can guarantee you that Limbaugh on his energy and passion alone would turn that franchise around within a month, with help from all races, colors and creeds.

Posted by: dugger1 | October 13, 2009 11:13 PM

Rush Limbaugh is an idiot.

Posted by: spiritguide | October 13, 2009 10:32 PM

"What message is being sent to our children when they see a former(?) drug abuser setting in an owner's box?" They don't see anyone "setting" in the owner's box; what they see is the more obvious antics, such as, you know, Randy Moss wiping his ass on a goalpost after a touchdown catch. Classy league, this NFL.

Posted by: stemkowskip | October 13, 2009 10:26 PM

I am all for letting Rush Limbaugh own part of the Rams. I can think of no better way for the nation to be educated about Limbaugh's true (in)competence than to watch Rush's Ram's every weekend. Should be a hoot watching Limbaugh jumping up and down on the sidelines or in the skybox. Maybe he can score them some good steroids, he already has OxyContin covered!

Rush's Ram's... love the sound of that.

Posted by: plaza04433 | October 13, 2009 9:43 PM

Most of you guys are not really getting this, are you?

Limbaugh knows he will never be accepted as an NFL owner. This is nothing but a carefully crafted publicity stunt on his part. He's all over the news again, right where he wants to be at all times!!

He's throwing his weight around and reminding America of how rich he is; rich enough to put in a bid for an NFL team.
For awhile there, it was Glenn Beck getting all the publicity and Rushie Boy was on the back burner. But not NOW!!

Sheesh. It's SO obvious. And you Rush fans fell for it hook, line and sinker. Suckas!

Posted by: mavisdarling | October 13, 2009 9:32 PM

Clearly, liberals would prefer the Rams be bought by someone they can wholeheartedly support, like Roman Polanski.

Posted by: malclave | October 13, 2009 9:26 PM

"We have to watch the words that we say.... Sometimes privileges in life do get lost. I would not feel comfortable."

Yes thats right. Watch the words we say. Don't dare be critical of those with political power. Accept what they do and say without question. Otherwise you will be demagouged and blacklisted.

Posted by: aMonsterisanidiot | October 13, 2009 8:33 PM

The amount of ignorance being spewed by leftist wackos is almost equal to the hate they feel for those that oppose them. Welcome to the new world of President Dear Leader Obama. I guess you have to direct your rage somewhere when it becomes evident that the Messiah that you had placed all your hopes in has been revealed as a dolt and a laughingstock. Don't worry libs 2010 and 2012 are coming up fast. Payback will be a b*itch.

Posted by: aMonsterisanidiot | October 13, 2009 8:30 PM

I personally don't care for the Rush Limbaugh persona. He is an annoying entertainer not a political savant.

This is all media hype out of control. The artctle doesn't mention his "ownership" is nothing more than being an investor. He will not have a large enough share to be a managing partner, and therefore will have no say in the day-to-day operations. He'll just share in the profit and possibly be used to help sell the luxury boxes.

So, what's the big deal?

Move on - where's the IMPORTANT news...

Posted by: eliahs474 | October 13, 2009 8:20 PM

Odd that the League is filled with criminals who are still playing: a wife beater, rapist, vehicular manslaugther, gang guys and owners like Irsay who broke Balt's hearts, Al Davis and Jones and Snider. Then we have the hater Keith Olberman on NBC, who rants, smears, lies on Pubs, Christians and GOPERS but still is on Sun. Football. What a joke. Al Sharpton, a racist guy who has not church but supposedly speaks for black citizens???? So free enterprise is not allowed by a guy who loves America and none of the quotes have been Fact Checked. MSNBC is always hating on somebody but they are allowed to mock anybody with no reprisals. HMMM, well when they lose many viewers, ticket buyers for these spoiled criminal football players, perhaps the Commish will change his mind. And btw, 75% of the League are black players. Do you mean that they would not play for his team if they got paid??? I do not believe that.

Posted by: phillyfanatic | October 13, 2009 8:08 PM

Meathead is just so fitting for Rush. Also he is playing "Follow The Leader"

Bush did not want to be Pres. He wanted to buy a baseball or football team, but so goes politics. Maybe (G*d Forbid) Rush may believe the way to the White House is to follow theother Meathead's stragedy!

Posted by: LOONYBIN2000 | October 13, 2009 7:31 PM

I say let him be an owner if he has the money. When his team loses, I'm sure that he will figure out a way to blame Obama, and the Liberal media.

Posted by: VegasJim | October 13, 2009 7:14 PM

Let Rush own a team. Then we can have David Duke own one, then Louis Farrakhan. Let every racist who wants a team, have one.

Posted by: shawncrisp2 | October 13, 2009 7:08 PM

All those people who work in the stadium in St. Louis, the support staff, the merchants will be out of work.

Jessie "HymieTown" Jackson and Al "Tawana Brawley" Sharpton. THe ultimate bigoted racists will enjoy paying the bills of those without jobs when no one buys this franchise.

Posted by: Cornell1984 | October 13, 2009 7:07 PM

One of the NFL coaches attacked and almost killed one of his assistant coaches. He is currently under police investigation, but remains on the sidelines, coaching the Oakland Raiders.

Bigot Keyshawn Johnson wrote a book accusing the NY Jets of racism by allowing the ball to be thrown to a white receiver, Wayne Chrebet. Today, Keyshawn Johnson is a commentator for ESPN.

Baltimore Ravens Ray Lewis was in a limousine in which 2 people killed two other people. Ray Lewis helped cover up the crime, and allowed the murders to go back to his hotel room. Ray Lewis is currently playing with the Baltimore Ravens.

The President of the NFL Players associations brags that he will lead his players to a walkout unless they are all given millions more. He brags that the president is his homey.

Posted by: Cornell1984 | October 13, 2009 7:05 PM

Nomis,

None of the Americans you cited have attempted to purchase an NFL team. Their speech, some of which is as abominable as the right wing's trashing of the presidency, is protected because they were political comments.

Rush's comments are protected from prosecution, unlike his drug abuse. However, his speech is not protected in the private sector. Complaining about the exercising of the freedom guaranteed in a semi-capitalist economy is strange unless you are a Commie. Are you a Commie?

Posted by: NeoConman | October 13, 2009 6:39 PM

GOOD GRIEF, CHARLIE BROWN!! Sharpton and others are protesting this BUT WHO IS PROTESTING CHINA BUYING UP AMERICA??????? Now that is sick.....America up for sale to the Chinese and people are concerned about a football team owner. Have they lost their minds????

Posted by: libertymeanslife | October 13, 2009 6:34 PM

Only Wilbon is a bigger racist, the sport doesn't need either one of them

Posted by: NICKYNUNYA | October 13, 2009 6:31 PM

Being an admitted drug addict/abuser doesn't disqualify him from NFL team ownership?

Posted by: l8rg8rbb4n | October 13, 2009 6:29 PM

By the way, would the Goodell Exclusionary Rule apply to Rev. Jeremiah Wright ("God Damn, America"), Keith Olbermann ("@#% Bush/Cheney"), William Ayers ("I should have done more bombings"), Michael Moore ("Down with capitalism"), Van Jones (Communist who calls Republicans "a**holes"), Mark Lloyd ("Hugo Chavez is handling the press in Venezuela just right") or Michelle Obama ("Now I'm proud of my country for the first time")?

Posted by: Nomis1 | October 13, 2009 4:06 PM
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The right wing media talked about Jeremy Wright over and over and over again and Van Jones lost his job. The right even called Sotomayor a racist for her one comment in one speech after years on the bench.

So now, Rush's words don't matter. The fact that he makes racist statements all the time doesn't mean he is a racist, right? What a double standard!

Rush has a right to say whatever he wants. He can play Barak the Magic Negro songs and say whatever inflammatory statements he can think of. But The NFL does NOT have to accept him as an owner. The organization has a choice to not accept his money.

His words do matter and I hope the NFL players stand up and make it known that they will not play on a team with this bigot.

Posted by: wmwilliams14 | October 13, 2009 6:28 PM

If you don't think that there is any "record" of Rush Limbaugh's racism, listen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tiLVTzljOjA&NR=1. And, don't forget his incessant playing of "Barack the Magic Negro".

Posted by: carol58 | October 13, 2009 6:26 PM

LURE1 & RJB3,

Rush (me some Oxycontin) Limbaugh broke the law by illegally obtaining multiple prescriptions for a narcotic. He admitted that he had an addiction to pain killers.

Do you need to see pictures of him popping pills to believe that?

Posted by: NeoConman | October 13, 2009 6:22 PM

LURE1, you are absolutely right. Those of you who claim that Rush says these things, let's see some links to audio or video.

Posted by: RJB3 | October 13, 2009 6:10 PM

Al sharpton and jesse Jackson have done more harm then good for race relation and made a good living of of exploiting black people by constantly stirring the hate whitey pot.They are only rev in title.This is still America,and rush can do what he want's with his money.pretty hypocritical.

Posted by: votingrevolution | October 13, 2009 6:07 PM

Rush didn't say half of the things people say he said. The Commissioner needs to do a fact check before speaking out.

Posted by: doubleecho | October 13, 2009 5:52 PM

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Excuse me, but Rush made his offensive remarks over the TV and radio. You have absolutely no idea what you are talking about.

Posted by: maggots | October 13, 2009 6:03 PM

It's a business decision. And most intelligent people do not want as the possible face of a franchise in their organization a fat, stupid, drug-addicted, blowhard with a history of racially-motivated remarks (e.g., against such sports figures as the apparently untalented D. McNabb or political figures such as the supposed racist left-winger Colin Powell).

Posted by: dane1 | October 13, 2009 6:03 PM

Remember, Rush is not only a racist in a business that depends heavily on the talent of African Americans, he has broken the law. He is a confessed drug abuser and if you followed his advice you would not recommend him for any job of significance.

He was already given a second chance when he signed his last multi-million dollar contract.

The First Amendment doesn't apply here because the NFL is a private enterprise on speech in the private sector isn't protected (One of you Ditto-heads should try going off on a customer and see if your boss thinks your speech is protected).

Posted by: NeoConman | October 13, 2009 5:53 PM

Rush didn't say half of the things people say he said. The Commissioner needs to do a fact check before speaking out.

The Republican's in the Lincoln administration were against slavery. Why do the liberal always try to paint the GOP so dirty? Because it is easy to do, when many democrats can't read and write they will believe what they here. Nazi propaganda was not as effective as liberal lies.

Posted by: doubleecho | October 13, 2009 5:52 PM

Amazing. The shameless, greedy NFL owners are showing more courage and class that the GOP. Maybe if Steele went to spring boot camp?

Posted by: twstroud | October 13, 2009 5:51 PM

A couple of quotes attributed to Limbaugh for the uninitiated:

"You know who deserves a posthumous Medal of Honor? James Earl Ray (Dr. King's assassin). We miss you, James. Godspeed."

"Let's face it, we didn't have slavery in this country for over 100 years because it was a bad thing. Quite the opposite: Slavery built the South. I'm not saying we should bring it back. I'm just saying it had its merits. For one thing, the streets were safer after dark."

Yeah, this guy represents all that is good (and right?) about America. Let him own a franchise and see how quickly it becomes the only all-white football team in the NFL.

POSTED BY: KALIXMD | OCTOBER 13, 2009 4:45 PM
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The only one uninitiated here is you. If Rush had actually said those things, there'd be an audiotape. He's a radio talk show host for chrissakes. When Imus insulted the Rutgers women's basketball team they had a audio. No one can produce one of Rush saying those things because he never said them It's pure liberal mythology.

Posted by: lure1 | October 13, 2009 5:49 PM

Probally the first thing he would do is have his "boys" start playing wearing nothing but their jock straps.

Posted by: JoeNTx | October 13, 2009 5:46 PM

Limbaugh is certainly free to pursue NFL ownership - it is a free country. I am also free to cancel my season tickets if the NFL lets a mean-spirited, drug addicted, bigoted, and divisive ideologue own a team. And players would be free to refuse to play for a team owned by someone like that. Limbaugh basically paints over half the country - the "Left" which currently holds power both in Congress, in the Executive Branch, and in the majority of governorships - as anti-American and evil. Words have ramifications, and if you choose to slander hundreds of millions of people on a daily basis, it ain't a shock if those words come back to haunt you.

Posted by: chop1 | October 13, 2009 5:41 PM

Do you mean Rush is a Liberal? Beacuse that's just what he does. That is say things that are untrue each and every day.
Heaven forbid if he ever quoted someone correctly. Rush is the worst of the worst and when he gets to heaven the elevator will be ready to take him downstairs.

Posted by: piemcj | October 13, 2009 5:38 PM

rush is laughing all the way to the bank,the more publicity he generates the higher his popularity becomes which translates to $$$.rush has no interest in purchasing an interest in an nfl team as he would an nba franchise.rush is a master of generating publicity,if he has a pr firm then he's throwing away $$ because he can generate publicity himself.

Posted by: ronaldtennillegeorgia1 | October 13, 2009 5:36 PM

I say let Rush get the Rams; then, at the first team practice, I hope some player who is offended by this fat racist, fascist bigot hits him square in the middle of his chest with his helmet hard enough to stop Rush's oxycontin filled heart for good. End of story, end of Rush.

Posted by: orpheus2004 | October 13, 2009 5:35 PM

I like the way the press is stepping on their dicks quoting all these things about Rush that he never said. What is the point of having a free press if they can freely slander anyone that doesn't agree with their views.

Why don't we turn it around and attribute these quotes to big name liberals and see what happens?

Posted by: doubleecho | October 13, 2009 5:32 PM

What would limbaugh's team be called? rush begged off military service when his country called, telling his draft board he had "painful anal cysts", so his team couldn't be called the Patriots.
When limbaugh swims in the ocean, he is frequently mistaken for the great white whale Moby Dick, so Redskins is out.
limbaugh suffers from erectile dysfunction. So even if he bought the franchise, scratch the Rams...
The NFL wouldn't want a team called the Fatboy Megalomaniacs, which sounds more like a wrestling franchise.
Treasonous Demagogues? Key Biscayne Pedophiles? Maybe they should sell the franchise to someone less controversial, like a paroled serial killer.


Posted by: tontosage | October 13, 2009 5:29 PM

Yep! Rush will puff up like a big toad, hop up and down for a couple of minutes and then say. It's a conspiracy, THEY ARE AFTER ME!

Posted by: piemcj | October 13, 2009 5:29 PM

typical Liberal witch hunt against Rush and ALL Conservatives......

Posted by: JaxMax | October 13, 2009 5:24 PM

How could anyone possibly be unqualified to be an owner in the National Felons and Wife Beaters League?

Posted by: jdonner2 | October 13, 2009 5:22 PM

Why NOT

HE LOVES TO WATCH PEOPLE FAIL _ ESPECIALLY BLACK PEOPLES

Posted by: kare1 | October 13, 2009 5:21 PM

Two wars, unemployment and business failures at depression levels, a disappearing middle class, millions of Americans with no access to health care, our future mortgaged to China, and the Fed churning out counterfeit money, and THIS is the hot topic of the day?
I'll retire to Bedlam.

Posted by: moksha-4all | October 13, 2009 5:21 PM

I don't know if this is real or just another
publicity stunt, but, if Limbaugh thinks that the league has forgotten his brief foray into the NFL broadcast booth where at his first and only appearance he stated that the Eagles quarterback had only been awarded the MVP prize only because he was black, then, he should cut back on his Oxycontin intake.

Posted by: rkerg | October 13, 2009 5:20 PM

The NFL commissioner Roger Goodell makes prejudiced accusation against Rush Limbaugh and discriminates against him. Most Americans see Rush Limbaugh as simply describing what most people think. Sports news media personnel of ESPN are mostly white while most NFL players are black, therefore, a black sports commentator would be welcome.

It appears that the NFL commissioner, Mr. Goodell wants to please the sentiments of the NFL establishment and players, rather than the fans that buy tickets to their games and watch TV with their advertisement.

At the next half time of a NFL game, people will see Rush Limbaugh fans running on to the field with signs of “We Want Limbaugh” WWL for all of NFL in the football play for NFL Pig Skins.

Posted by: klausdmk | October 13, 2009 5:20 PM

With Rush having past problems with drugs why would he even be considered?

Posted by: piemcj | October 13, 2009 5:18 PM

I think Limbaugh is a lowlife con artist who preys on vulnerable minds and hearts.
Ditto FOXNews...which broadcasts NFL games.

Aside from the inconsistency of broadcasting on FOX while rejecting Limbaugh for what he says...if the gov't guarantees freedom of speech, it would be nice if the NFL did too.

And, while we're on the subject, it would be nice if they took as stringent a stand on employing players who commit felonies.

BTW: I consider Sharpton the equivalent to Limbaugh and ABC, CBS, NBC...some of which broadcast NFL games...no different than FOX.

Posted by: zootsuitbeatnick | October 13, 2009 5:16 PM

I'd take Rush over Danny Boy, anyday.

BTW -- and this is to defend him, not to endorse him -- Rush was critical of the media's portrayal of McNabb, not McNabb himself. The way Rush sees it, the media gushes over McNabb like Madden gushes over Favre.

Rush's mistake was attributing this to affirmative action, when in reality the media overrates QBs all the time (like Madden overrates Favre). It's entirely possible and even likely that the media's love affair (to the extent there is a love affair) has more to do with McNabb throwing four TDs on a broken leg than the color of his skin.

So, again, he wasn't slamming McNabb, just the media's portrayal of him. Boneheaded as it was (akin to Jimmy the Greek's comments about the physiology of black athletes), I'd still take Rush over Danny Boy. Who wouldn't?

Posted by: Senjata | October 13, 2009 5:14 PM

Once again, these people who attribute "divisive" and "racist" comments to Rush are not those who actually listen to his show. I have listened to him nearly every day since April 1992 and I have never heard him say the things that these people think he said. Many of the comments that these people attribute to Rush are really the comments of others, which he is quoting or parodying. Why don't you all try listening to the man, instead of taking as gospel what you read on websites, written by more people who "have never listened to Limbaugh, but know what they are talking about". Come on people, grow up and take responsibility for yourselves for a change. Do you REALLY think, that if he made these kinds of comments, that he would be on the air and still have sponsors and 600 radio stations? Please.

Posted by: RJB3 | October 13, 2009 5:14 PM

He certainly couldn't be much worse than Marge Schott.

Posted by: billy8 | October 13, 2009 5:12 PM

Just shows how out of touch Limbaugh and his cool-aid addicts are. Can't even get the NFL to back him! Classic! Must be really embarrassing for Rush and all his zombies.

Posted by: dorklord | October 13, 2009 5:12 PM

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Rush: : a person obstinately or intolerantly devoted to his or her own opinions and prejudices; especially : one who regards or treats the members of a group (as a racial or ethnic group) with hatred and intolerance.

Rush is a RACIST AND A BIGOT.
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Posted by: A-Voter | October 13, 2009 5:10 PM

It seems clear that Rush is only one of a group of potential buyers
And would have only a proportional vote
In influencing ownership decisions
When things are put up for a vote.

Hence, alarm at the prospect of his membership
In a group with a desire to acquire Rams' ownership,
Seems primarily to reflect
Some peculiar psychological defect
In folks who don't like his way with a quip.

Posted by: Gonzage1 | October 13, 2009 5:09 PM

How can the lib--turds re-elect Robert Byrd of WV to the Senate 20 times knowing he was an exalted wizard and kealge in the KKK but find offense with mere comments by annother living soul.

Oh that's right, they can't function without their behavior being subjected to a double standard.

I would love to know how many lynchings, burnings, and drownings the longest serving Senator in US history was directly and/or indirectly responsible for.

Lib--turds ----- the cowardly, the incompetent, the moronic.

Posted by: Bcamp55 | October 13, 2009 5:08 PM

Would like to amend my post that i posted earlier--i said drug seller and i meant to type drug user--sorry for typo

Posted by: scon101 | October 13, 2009 5:07 PM

So who are Limbaugh's backers? Who is paying his phenomenal salary of millions when, in fact, he would work for peanuts, he is so broke and in debt. He has sold his soul to the devil. For that salary, he has to be a raving maniac on the radio and now pretend he has the dough to buy an NFL team. Something stinks and the IRS ought to be getting a whiff of it.

Posted by: pkbishop | October 13, 2009 5:07 PM

"This from a league that has a team called the Redskins. Thanks for the double standard. "

Excellent point. The team represents the nation's Capitol no less. Political Correctness is a complete and total sham.
But I still say Limbaugh and Miss Hannity should buy a team in the IDF Puffball League in their beloved Israel, the roundmouths.

Posted by: TheBoss2 | October 13, 2009 5:06 PM

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Rush: : a person obstinately or intolerantly devoted to his or her own opinions and prejudices; especially : one who regards or treats the members of a group (as a racial or ethnic group) with hatred and intolerance.

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Posted by: A-Voter | October 13, 2009 5:05 PM

Limbaugh has some very serious and unhealthy obsessions about race. His views are more akin to the 1950s than the 21st century. I've heard that he wants to rename the Rams in honor of Bull Conner. Remember his attacks on McNabb because of the color of his skin? Listen to his radio show: he just can't bring himself to get beyond the color of peoples' skins. He's obsessive about it. He must lay awake at night worrying about things that don't even cross most normal peoples' minds.

Posted by: osullivanc1 | October 13, 2009 5:02 PM

Besides being a racist, Limbaugh is a DRUG USER who should have spent some time in jail....

How many "average Joe's and Jane's are behind bars for lesser drug charges...

THERE ARE TWO STANDARDS OF JUSTICE IN AMERICA - THE ONE FOR THE RICH AND THE ONE FOR EVERYONE ELSE!!!!

Posted by: WVUWEIRTON | October 13, 2009 4:57 PM

He would do to the Rams what Ted Stepien did to the Cleveland Cavaliers---run it into the ground and make an ass of himself and organized sports along the way. He wouldn't have the patience to build a team or to deal with the inevitable ups and downs. As a public figure exposed to the public on a daily basis he would have to prove himself in a way that an ordinary plutocrat owner would not and he obviously has no self-control. The Deadskins' Snyder would seem positively magisterial by comparison.

Posted by: thebuckguy | October 13, 2009 4:56 PM

Dear Rush,

although I oppose the majority of what you state over the radio waves, but just as with Howard Stern, i think most of it is said to get free press and raitings. Be it Don imus, Rush, or Howards those are words said into a microphone in order to be controversial, get raitings and make themselves money. Which is the ALL powerful word folks. What Don Imus said was horrible, but only to the degree of the networks afraid of the back lash took him off the air, but u know what he makes enough money for another network to pick him up, and make that network a S load of $. If I were Rush, and i hope he does, he should file a suit against Goodall for slander and deff against his charac. He is apart of a group to buy the team, and the current owners should have the equal rights to sell to whom EVER they want. Now it would be up to what players would want to work for that group and what fans would pay their dollars to go sit in the stands or buy merch. If u own something why should u have to listen to anyone telling u to sell or not to sell to this person or that. Those that argue you shouldn't sell to this or that, are they giving you any money? therefore why should the current opwners not care about anyone OTHER THAN THEMSELVES. SELL IT TO WHOEVER, then let society deem if that new ownership shall make any money, allow for the players to decide if they'll play for that group. I'll bet anyone, you take ANY!!!!!!!!!!! player(s) and the group lead by Rush that offers that player 1 Billion a year gaurenteed money, not one player would all of a sudden have morales that would have them refuse the job offer then again we do live in a world where it is suitable,tollerable and allowable for anyone to call a white person a derogitory and offensive remark, but reverse thsoe circumstances and the Rev. Al niggorton , and Rev Jesse Koonington are all up in arms. Face it, u don't agree with any ownership with Rush, fine. then u don't go the games or buy their merchanise. that's it

Posted by: urSofakingdumb | October 13, 2009 4:54 PM

Can someone tell me how Rush did not go to jail for doctor-shopping and drug abuse? If it was the immigrant at your local gas station, he would be hehind bars.

Posted by: gfaigen | October 13, 2009 4:53 PM

I understand after Limbaugh is given permission to buy the Rams, the KKK is interested in buying the Jets...

Both only want to return pro football to the way it was in the 40's and 50's...

Posted by: WVUWEIRTON | October 13, 2009 4:52 PM

Rush Limbaugh takes sides with the TALIBAN, and now he wants to own a Major U.S. Football Franchise.

What kind of BS is that?

Posted by: lcarter0311 | October 13, 2009 4:52 PM

This from a league that has a team called the Redskins. Thanks for the double standard.

Posted by: Karma2 | October 13, 2009 4:51 PM

Rush is a pretty good band. Now the talk-show entertainer.......

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | October 13, 2009 4:49 PM

I speculate the comments that have been tribulated to RL. The mass of comments that have been placed so far are not in favor of RL to be able or to be part of the NFL Ownership based on retoric outspoken lambastion right-sided views of RL. I differ to the side of equal oppurtunity. If RL has the money to invest into any operational ambition, then let him have his bid to purchase. It will not suffice to hinder the oppurtunity for him not too just because on a social and/or political view that he displays publicly.

Posted by: peacenblessing | October 13, 2009 4:48 PM

I find it ironic that Rush would want to participate in an entity (the NFL) that has a largely socialistic economic structure (all teams share most of the income equally) and that performs within stadiums typically funded by the government.

Posted by: LeprechaunAngst | October 13, 2009 4:47 PM

NIGGAARS ARE RABBID ANIMALS WHO SHOULD BE
ROUNDED UP AND RETURNED TO AFRIKA!!!!!
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Why don't you stop typing and start the roundup.. oh thet's right, it's sooooo easy to say something this ignorant when your only enemy is the caps lock key on your keyboard.. c'mon fool start the roundup, just make sure you have your will already made up and your burial plot already picked out.

Posted by: VietVet68 | October 13, 2009 4:47 PM

Rush joined with the Taliban to denounce the US president's winning the noble peace price. RL is not the kind of human trash we want associated with hero's of the game like Ralph Wilson.

Posted by: maxonhudson | October 13, 2009 4:46 PM

A couple of quotes attributed to Limbaugh for the uninitiated:

"You know who deserves a posthumous Medal of Honor? James Earl Ray (Dr. King's assassin). We miss you, James. Godspeed."

"Let's face it, we didn't have slavery in this country for over 100 years because it was a bad thing. Quite the opposite: Slavery built the South. I'm not saying we should bring it back. I'm just saying it had its merits. For one thing, the streets were safer after dark."

Yeah, this guy represents all that is good (and right?) about America. Let him own a franchise and see how quickly it becomes the only all-white football team in the NFL.

Posted by: kalixmd | October 13, 2009 4:45 PM

If the NFL blackballs conservatives they will lose a huge part of their fan base. Not immediately...but with certainty. The Washington Redskins have been a great example of the whole community coming together whether the team was led by a Edward Bennett Williams or a George Allen.
We have opinionated owners already (Ambassador Rooney and his socialist income schemes)...let's be fair.

Posted by: rrobinson1 | October 13, 2009 4:44 PM

Does it matter that he did not say the things that they said he said. That someone made them up. I am referring to the things Sharpton and Jackson said he said. Well I guess it doesn't matter, because maybe he thought them and he might as well have said them.

Posted by: gsms69 | October 13, 2009 4:39 PM

Goodell is a smart man, he doesn't want to get on the White House enemies list. That would be a disaster for a business that relies on public money to build their stadiums.

Posted by: ohmd | October 13, 2009 4:38 PM

How could anyone possibly be unqualified to be an owner in the National Felons and Wife Beaters League?

Posted by: jdonner2 | October 13, 2009 4:36 PM

NIGGAARS ARE RABBID ANIMALS WHO SHOULD BE
ROUNDED UP AND RETURNED TO AFRIKA!!!!!
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It is precisely because of people like this that this country's energy has been sapped to the core just so that people can truly live like human beings....from the days of organizing labor against big industry,to the civil rights era...alwasy a major struggle fighting for what should be considered an inalieble right...to live like a human being

Posted by: kiler616 | October 13, 2009 4:34 PM

First, a majority of the players wouldnt want to work for a bloated, racist, money grubing ass. If he wants to get into sports just get into NASCAR. He wont have any problems with there.

Posted by: EXRATEDD411 | October 13, 2009 4:33 PM

I say let Limbaugh PLAY! Make him QB of the Eagles!

Posted by: AlanGoldberg54 | October 13, 2009 4:31 PM

Nobody despises Rush more than I do, but let him buy the team. It's football. It's entertainment. He's an entertainer. It might also be entertaining if good people turn down good money rather than play for him. And it might be similarly entertaining if they do not.

Posted by: NomoStew | October 13, 2009 4:28 PM

What amuses me is that Rush Limbaugh is now realizing what it is to be adult and accountable, and that his racist statements actually have consequences in the real world. Couldn't happen to a nicer guy.

This also should get all GOP politicians to take a hard look at where they're taking their Party.

The following comments by Rush speak for themselves:

- “Let’s face it, we didn’t have slavery in this country for over 100 years because it was a bad thing. Quite the opposite: slavery built the South. I’m not saying we should bring it back - I’m just saying it had its merits. For one thing, the streets were safer after dark.”

- “You know who deserves a posthumous Medal of Honor? James Earl Ray. We miss you, James. Godspeed.”

- “Have you ever noticed how all composite pictures of wanted criminals resemble Jesse Jackson?”

- “The NFL all too often looks like a game between the Bloods and the Crips without any weapons.”

- “The NAACP should have riot rehearsal. They should get a liquor store and practice robberies.”

- “(To African-American female caller:) Take that bone out of your nose and call me back.”

- “I think the media has been very desirous that a black quarterback do well. They’re interested in black coaches and black quarterbacks doing well. I think there’s a little hope invested in McNabb and he got a lot of credit for the performance of his team that he really didn’t deserve.”

- (President Obama) “is a half-rican American”.

Posted by: abt16 | October 13, 2009 4:28 PM

Goodell is an IDIOT!! Vick should not be playing BUT you have no backbone! Sharpton and Jackson are two POS TAX evaders that is doing the talking for OVOMIT!

GO RUSH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

Posted by: Sparky15 | October 13, 2009 4:28 PM

I agree that Limbaugh shouldn't be allowed to own an NFL franchise. I'd also be opposed to him owning the St. Louis Rams... ba da bing...

Posted by: randysbailin | October 13, 2009 4:28 PM

Yes, this is America, but the NFL is like a country within a country. I’m seeing many comments mentioning discrimination, hypocrisy, rights, etc. News flash, they are not deciding whether or not to hire Limbaugh. It’s a sale, the NFL can make their decision based on whatever reason they see fit!! They can turn him down because of gender, race, age, weight, political views or because he has a third nipple!! They can discriminate all they want!! The team can be sold to whom ever they want for whatever reason.

Posted by: cwallace318 | October 13, 2009 4:25 PM

Just picture the first time the Rams try to hire a new coach with Rush as a partial owner... would they respect the Rooney rule? Would anybody believe they did unless they hired a black coach?

Posted by: AJohn1 | October 13, 2009 4:24 PM

Aren't the rams already a white team, maybe its their crap record that confuses me. I think it would be great entertainment to let him own the team. Maybe we can gather all the idiots in that one city, so when we do finally get nuked, they will have an easy target

Posted by: datsneefa | October 13, 2009 4:24 PM

To Sosueme1,
Have you forgotten that your dear absolutley truthful idol, Rush Limbaugh was arrested on drug charges just a few years ago? Besides Rush, do you also idolize the grand dragon of the KKK?

I think of Rush as an entertainer. Unfortunately his desire for an audience has made him cross the line a few too many times whether he himself believes what he says or not... and I think he doesn't believe it. Let him buy whatever he wants then we'll see if any players can stick by their convictions and refuse to play for his team.

Posted by: OnTour | October 13, 2009 4:21 PM

The best use for Rush Limbaugh in the NFL is to make him a tackling dummy, which is about all he's really good for anyway. Well, that and being an ignoramus loudmouth drug addict.

Posted by: Bob22003 | October 13, 2009 4:20 PM

Ha! Rush knows he's never going to be approved. The only reason he's acting like he wants to buy the team is because Glenn Beck has been getting more publicity than Rush has lately. This is ALL about keeping Rush's name in the news, nothing more. And I can see most of you are falling for it...

Posted by: mavisdarling | October 13, 2009 4:20 PM

We've already seen this before in W, he traded away Sammy Sosa. But with Limbaugh the new uniforms might be ones with pointy hats. Half time might include a fire and brimstone ceremony by the master himself with cheerleaders singing a whole new tune. A Superbowl of Limbaugh ego.

Posted by: siren1 | October 13, 2009 4:19 PM

C'mon Roger, lighten up and let Rush in.
Think of the excitement! Wear a white sheet to the game day or neo-nazi night!
Obama effigy burnings or the KKK marching band at halftime! Free oxycontin for season ticketholders. And sell-outs every Sunday in St. Louis. What's a little hate speech matter? What's important is business.

Posted by: StevefromSacto | October 13, 2009 4:17 PM

As a Missourian who has spent a fair amount of time in beautiful, culturally diverse St. Louis, I feel it would be a slap in the face to many, many people in that city.

Therefore, to me, Goodell and Irsay's comments suggesting Limbaugh is far from "in" are welcome news. Hate to be mean, but it could not "not happen" to a more deserving guy.

Posted by: martymar123 | October 13, 2009 4:16 PM

As Sen. Franken so eloquently put it, Rush Limbaugh is a big fat idiot, which would seem to put him right up there with Dan Snyder, Jerry Jones, Al Davis, and other NFL luminaries.

Honestly, I can't stand the guy and I think that he and his ilk are almost solely responsible for the vile, unproductive state of current American politics. But could he really be a worse football owner than those guys?

Posted by: js_edit | October 13, 2009 4:15 PM

highstick said:
Michael Jordan, a notorious gambler, can own part of an NBA team, but Rush cannot own part of an NFL team????

Typical racism in reverse, don't you think???
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As one of Mike's biggest fans, I couldn't let this slide..

Michael Jordan is heralded as *ahem* the GREATEST BASKETBALL PLAYER OF ALL TIME

Highstick, when you or Rush MAKE the league..and I don't mean get drafted and play there...I mean MAKE the league into what it is...THEN, you can use a MJ reference..

Also, Mike was making what $30M or so a year just from ONE or TWO endorsements and he lost like $57K gambling at a casino? and lost less than $2M elsewhere..

That left him almost um...carry the three...$500,000,000 to save/spend as he pleased..How is that a bad thing? The only reason it was a controversy, was because the rest of us make >$50K annually, so it 'seemed' like a horrible occurrence..

It's not like he put his family's livelihood in jeopardy or anything even close to it..

the gambling didn't hurt a soul..however, Rush's comments, insinuations and general beliefs would be very injurious to the NFL..

Highstick, you just gave me a headache..pass me an Oxy, will ya?

Posted by: OneGovt_Worker | October 13, 2009 4:15 PM

NIGGAARS ARE RABBID ANIMALS WHO SHOULD BE

ROUNDED UP AND RETURNED TO AFRIKA!!!!!

Posted by: dumniggar | October 13, 2009 4:15 PM

At least the Rams will have the best pain killers!

Hi hooooo!!!!!

Posted by: AJohn1 | October 13, 2009 4:14 PM

95% of you people who posted here are idiots. Your comments are slanderous, offensive, should be reported to the blog master and removed..

Posted by: rwalter1 | October 13, 2009 4:14 PM

You can sure pick out the repub supporters here. They say freedom for Rush to say what he wants but then thaat is only for repubs. When the deserting coward was highjacking our Constitutional Freedoms no one could protest without getting arresterd. And why would anyone want to play for a draft dodging lyiong coward? It's not just that he is a racist he is a liar. Funny how he can always find a way to justify his crimes and such. Drug abuser along with Jebs daughter, okay call the ACLU. The ones he is always down on. Ingrown hair on his butt affecting his brain, okay dodge the draft during VietNam and call those who served anti-American. Make it up as you go along on the radio, okay because if anyone says anything you will brand them with unpatriotic labels. Well this guy should'nt own a team and he should be put out of this couontry and leave it to us real Americans.

Posted by: ridingcrops | October 13, 2009 4:12 PM

listen to yourselves...
calling him and his listeners names like kids.

it's kind of funny how some of you talk about his hatred. scroll down and see how much hatred is in these comments.

ma'n some of you americans are so predictable. go to anger management and build some character.

-a foreign observer-

ps - thank you to those critics who can actually formulate some arguments.

Posted by: --wow-- | October 13, 2009 4:12 PM

Most fans prefer to keep politics out of their sports, smart sports media pros /journalists know this and no doubt so do the NFL owners, it's just bad for business.
Rush blew his foot off with a lot of fans with his short and ill considered stint on ESPN.At the end of the day it really is all about the money, and unless your Fox News or Air America, again, extremism is bad for business.

Posted by: peterdebruin | October 13, 2009 4:12 PM

RLJ1 - I think even Rush would agree with that.

Posted by: MediaBrainThieves | October 13, 2009 4:11 PM

As an adult your words and actions have consequences.

Free speech is an American right so is freedom to vote as you choose.

Posted by: rlj1 | October 13, 2009 4:10 PM

Given the fact that Rush Limbaugh was Dan Snyder's guest in the owner box at the Pittsburgh Steelers game at FEDEX Field last November 3, how much is Synder behind Limbaugh's interest in NFL team ownership?

Posted by: wayjos | October 13, 2009 4:10 PM

Let's see. Didn't Limbaugh and Beck argue that people should not get vaccinated against the H1N1 virus? If there is an epidemic, and thousands of people die because they listened to these idiots, they will have killed more Americans than Al-Qaida did. But of course they are not 'terrorists,' just righ-wing radio voices.
Phoo.

Posted by: calbooster | October 13, 2009 4:10 PM

How much more does Mr. Limbaugh have to do or say that proves he cares nothing about his followers; he is making money hand over fist touting hatred against America's prosperity. He said in a recent interview that he says what he says because of the money (period). He has the best health care, houses, and a job and many of his followers are losing theirs.

Posted by: Vonnie932 | October 13, 2009 4:09 PM

The NFL has been drug into the 21st century kicking and screaming. It is hilarious that any one of the owners defend their opposition to Limbaugh because of supposed racial remarks. Look around the table at the owners meeting and you won't see a single minority.

We don't need people in this country to suddenly express their personal opinions. We just need people who will say what everyone else is comfortable hearing though they know it isn't true. After all, isn't going along with the status quo how we got rid of slavery and the right for women to vote.

Though Limbaugh's thoughts were not PC (the real issue) they were not without merit. What the NFL REALLY doesn't want is someone like Limbaugh at their little meetings and then have a microphone at his disposal the next day.

Posted by: Bcamp55 | October 13, 2009 4:08 PM

I thought money was the only prerequisite to be an owner. Why else would some the present jerks that own teams have ever been approved. It seems that politics have crept into the NFL as well as every thing else. Maybe Obama can become commissioner too and bring peace to the NFL. If Rush has the money than the NFL should have the time. Don't forget Checketts is involved in this too. Doesn't that mean anything?

Posted by: getkinger | October 13, 2009 4:07 PM

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Posted by: A-Voter | October 13, 2009 4:07 PM

Just what the league needs. Another fat, bloated, pill popping, loudmouth, who can't talk in a normal volume. Someone who thinks they are above everyone else, and who laughs all the way to the bank.

It would take just one stupid remark from Limpbaugh in the locker room to end up with several hundred pounds of lard, and enough pigskin to cover a years worth of footballs.

Posted by: COLEBRACKETT | October 13, 2009 4:06 PM

I assume this politically-correct black-balling applies only to folks on the far right and not to those on the far left, e.g. those who vilified George Bush, called him unpatriotic and compared him to Hitler. Yeah, the NFL has its standards.

By the way, would the Goodell Exclusionary Rule apply to Rev. Jeremiah Wright ("God Damn, America"), Keith Olbermann ("@#% Bush/Cheney"), William Ayers ("I should have done more bombings"), Michael Moore ("Down with capitalism"), Van Jones (Communist who calls Republicans "a**holes"), Mark Lloyd ("Hugo Chavez is handling the press in Venezuela just right") or Michelle Obama ("Now I'm proud of my country for the first time")?

Posted by: Nomis1 | October 13, 2009 4:06 PM

Who cares about the whole issue? Limbaugh is just another suck-up to Israel. He wouldn't still be on the air if he weren't. Maybe him and Miss Hannity could move to Israel and buy a team in the IDF Puffball League.

Posted by: TheBoss2 | October 13, 2009 4:05 PM

I'm shaking my head over here so fast, I think I slipped backwards into the timestream..what are you ignorant pro-Rush people talking about?!?

Remember this one thing:
Dan Snyder may make some horrible decisions, but it's his money and bad football-business sense, not his immorality that we hate..

The league is predominantly minority, not just Black. Just how many minority (and White) players are going to WANT to play for a guy who believes in segregation (limited even), makes horribly racially-insensitive remarks every week, supports the Taliban in ANY claim they make, etc..that's bad press no matter how you look at it..

And bringing Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson into the debate...what? where did you read they were in the bidding war?

The NFL wants a 'quiet' owner who won't destroy its already shaky image..

An ownership group with Rush, is NOT what is needed.

Posted by: OneGovt_Worker | October 13, 2009 4:03 PM

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Posted by: A-Voter | October 13, 2009 4:03 PM

Too bad. I was so looking forward to watch the St. Louis White Rams play.

Posted by: turkerm | October 13, 2009 4:02 PM

EVERY TIME R.L. OPENS HIS MOUTH THE SMELL BECOMES INTOLERABLE. RUSH PUT A SOCK IN IT AND GO HOME AND BESIDES WASHING YOUR MOUTH-HOW ABOUT WASHING YOUR FEET. SINCE YOU DONT WASH THEM I DO NOT KNOW WHICH IS THE BIGGEST FOULEST ODER. YOU REALLY SMELL FROM THE TIP OF YOUR HEAD TO THE TIP OF YOUR DIRTY FEET.

Posted by: LOONYBIN2000 | October 13, 2009 4:02 PM

What's ironic here is that Rush - a silly man who makes himself the judge of right and wrong while muscling his way around with a very large mic and loudspeaker, but no less a large part of americana - is having his actions judged (deemed unacceptable and unfit for inclusion in fact), by another very large voice in the american landscape. What's more is any response by him over the golden airwaves he has created will only hurt his cause in the eyes of NFL owners.

Posted by: MediaBrainThieves | October 13, 2009 4:02 PM

"wholesome sports industry."
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THAT is the funniest line I have ever read! Wholesome!! WOW, I have hundreds of words and phases that descibe professional sports and wholesom is no where on the list. greedy, selfish, arrogant, junvenile, childlike, sexist, exploitive, money hungry and thuggish to name a few off the top of my head. Wholesome is one of those words used to describe milk. Sports? I don't think so.

That being said, I think the owners should have a say in who they have share in the Caligula like enterprise, but Goodell is way out of line talking about it now. His response should be "When we have all of the information together, the owners will move on that position" PERIOD Anything else is stupid considering what's at stake. As for my opinion of Rush, right or wrong (he is actually right now and then)you certainly know where he stands.

Posted by: thensell | October 13, 2009 4:01 PM

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Posted by: daddio195666 | October 13, 2009 4:01 PM

"...and I think divisive comments are not what the NFL is all about..."

Divisive? Possibly. Truthful? Absolutely, and all the silly socialists, even the extremely wealthy ones within the NFL, can't handle the truth. And just what is the NFL all about? Wife beating? Assault with intent to do bodily harm? Driving under the influence? The list just goes on and on. Something about people living in glass houses, if memory serves.

Idiots!

Posted by: sosueme1 | October 13, 2009 4:00 PM


"...we're all held to a high standard here,..."

Poppycock! Goodell may think he is fooling somebody but not me. Drugs, sex and Michael Vick. High standards?

I don't think "Racist Rush" will ever be considered but don't play high and mighty with words.


Posted by: mortified469 | October 13, 2009 3:59 PM

Wouldn't the leagues drug policies prohibit Russ "Oxycotin" Limbaugh fromownership. Wasn't he convicted of some drug violations involving illicit prescriptions/

Posted by: kew_kew | October 13, 2009 3:58 PM

Michael Jordan, a notorious gambler, can own part of an NBA team, but Rush cannot own part of an NFL team????

Typical racism in reverse, don't you think???

Posted by: highstick | October 13, 2009 3:58 PM

Rush Limbaugh would be a total disaster attempting to own a team in the NFL, NBA , or any team for that matter. He might have some decent insight with a terrorist organization, but I won't go there.

The man is a total idiot, sees with one eye, hears with one ear and speaks with a forked tounge. Football doesn't need him and neither does this country (UNITED States of America.) Limbaugh needs to dwell on what the definition of UNITED really means before he goes shooting off at the mouth at anything or anyone that doesn't agree with him and GOP views.
Want to see a team turn individual? Let Rush try to buy one and watch .

Posted by: gtf111 | October 13, 2009 3:57 PM

Duly noted....what comments.

A whole article with tons of quotes all void of substance. When did the precondition for outrage overcome the base requirement of said outrage being predicated by a tangible statement with which to engage in reasoned debate.

Posted by: jtw0006 | October 13, 2009 3:57 PM

In other words, the NFL seems smarter than the GOP!

Posted by: analyst72 | October 13, 2009 3:56 PM

Professional sports already has some image problems: gambling, corruption, drug & alcohol abuse, spouse abuse, and so on.
Most of the players work hard, contribute to community relations, and most importantly serve as role models for kids who aspire to achieving greatness.

Mr. Limbaugh might make for a good team owner; however, his reputation for destructive speech, poor judgement and bad behavior present a huge barrier to success in professional sports.

Posted by: rmorris391 | October 13, 2009 3:56 PM

If the NFL denies Rush's ownership I will permanently organize and urge his vast radio audience to BOYCOTT every NFL sponser until such time he is allowed ownership.

Posted by: mysticswine | October 13, 2009 3:55 PM

I can't think of any more good reason to keep Mr.Loud Mouth from getting anywhere with NFL as he would try very hard to always be to the back of the team giving them down wind advantage.Really, I can't see him trying in any way to deal with a union of any sort.As the times I was in someone else's car or house and would hear him spoor his roderick.

Posted by: popeyegrandpa | October 13, 2009 3:54 PM

People seem to confuse freedom of speech with speaking without consequences. Rush is free to spew whatever nonsense he wants (within some limits re:"fire" in a theater), it's guaranteed by the first amendment. However, the NFL is also free to react however they want (within limits.) In this case, the NFL has every right to say we don't like what you said, so you can't join our club. I have every right not to let Rush into my house, the NFL can do the same.

Posted by: LLChazz | October 13, 2009 3:54 PM

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Posted by: A-Voter | October 13, 2009 3:52 PM

Agreed, Ballgame.

Posted by: MediaBrainThieves | October 13, 2009 3:52 PM

He should be allowed to put in a bid. the league should be allowed to deny it. its a group of private clubs and they should be allowed to do what is or is not in their own best interest. end of story.

incidentally, I think it is incredibly inappropriate for the commissioner to come out and comment on whether or not he is an acceptable bidder. If he wants to make general comments about every bidder that is one thing...he should just say there is a process for these things and he can avail himself to the process. and then deny his bid.

Posted by: ballgame | October 13, 2009 3:50 PM

First, all personal and political beliefs aside, WrongDog's got it right...The business world is about posturing and perception. Limbaugh is simply bad for business - the NFL or any of its teams would not appreciate a polarizing figurehead to divide fans that otherwise have a common interest in seeing their fav team win. The NFL (or any sport for that matter) has a nifty niche in that it is one common activity which Americans can enjoy while putting their political/religious/moral beliefs aside and back a common cause.

I do think it would be interesting to see what kind of owner Limbaugh would turn out to be though. Seeing as he is part of a "group" of potential owners, I have a hunch he would be the lame duck collecting ticket revenue (to supplement his already gigantic paycheck for running the GOP) while those in the "group" more cognizant of football take the reins. Could this be another move by the GOP to "reinvent" itself???

Posted by: MediaBrainThieves | October 13, 2009 3:50 PM

The owners must decide who qualifies? Goodell is a commissioner, when it's his money that's up then he can has a say. Owners have a say - BS - does c a n d y a s s ring a bell?

Posted by: dewaldron | October 13, 2009 3:47 PM

Der Fϋhrer Limbaugh has always wanted to be a plantation owner.

Posted by: lou91940 | October 13, 2009 3:47 PM

I am in no way a supporter of Rush, however lets be honest this is a PR campaign by the NFL. Is Rush a douche? Absolutely! Yet, the NFL is rampant with men who are convicted felons. Weapons charges, domestic violence, DUI's etc... Roger Goodell and the rest of the owners in the NFL are full of $***! There is only one standard that the NFL lives by and that is the maximization of profit.

Posted by: whatelsecanisay | October 13, 2009 3:46 PM

What's the big surprise about the NFL not wanting Limbaugh? Who would want to play for him? Just no Blacks, no one who is even mildly progressive, and certainly no Democrats. Rush is a bigot pure and simple. Marge Schott (sp?) was told to sell the Cincinnati Reds by Major League Basebell. What's the difference between her and Rush? Oh, yeah, she was honest while Rush is just a lying racist.

Posted by: theStockman | October 13, 2009 3:46 PM

Perhaps, Rush would get more repsect if he killed and tortured dogs?

Posted by: CubsFan | October 13, 2009 3:42 PM

I don't know why Rush would bother. If Obama keeps going with his marxist agenda, this country is going to look like South Africa before too long...

Posted by: SMWE357 | October 13, 2009 3:42 PM

Limbaugh...hmmm...let's see...One time drug user, CHECK. Loudmouthed trash talker, CHECK. Money hungry, CHECK. Inflated sense of self, CHECK. Moves from girlfriend to girlfriend, CHECK. To disagree with him is to invite scorn, CHECK.

Sounds like Mr. Limbaugh is in. Rah, rah, rah.

Posted by: LouisianaVirginian | October 13, 2009 3:42 PM


I CAST my DOUBTS, too.

Rush Limbaugh represents nothing of this Great Past Time Tradition.

American Football is like Apple Pie, Thanksgiving, the American Flag, Chevrolet, Democracy, and millions of people of all colors, races, creeds, and ethnicity coming together to have fun, party, and celebrate this Great Sport.

Rush Limbaugh will put a very big ugly stain on this Great Sport that is shared by many in this nation, if he were to become an owner.

The bottom line is Rush is NOT a representation of this great National past time.

Posted by: lcarter0311 | October 13, 2009 3:40 PM

I think it is a excellent idea to let Rush Limbaugh buy the Rams. Then maybe it will get through the thick heads of the ditto heads that Rush is fabulously wealthy and his positions aid the wealthy and stiff his middle class listeners.

Posted by: merrylees | October 13, 2009 3:40 PM

I CAST my DOUBTS, too.

Rush Limbaugh represents nothing of this Great Past Time Tradition.

American Football is like Apple Pie, Thanksgiving, the American Flag, Chevrolet, Democracy, and millions of people of all colors, races, creeds, and ethnicity coming together to have fun, party, and celebrate this Great Sport.

Rush Limbaugh will put a very big ugly stain on this Great Sport that is shared by many in this nation, if he were to become an owner.

The bottom line is Rush does NOT a representation of this National past time.

Posted by: lcarter0311 | October 13, 2009 3:40 PM


Dear Commissioner Goodell,

IF Rush Limbaugh becomes owner / part-owner of an NFL franchise, I will NEVER watch another League game. This is how visceral and deep my reaction is to news that he wants to purchase the Rams.
AND for my last wonderful Sunday I will note television advertisers on your four networks and will write each and every advertiser with the same promise. Also I will write any companies advertising with the Rams with promise of personal boycott. BTW - my demographic is Caucasian, straight, male, age 67. These actions are my RIGHT as an American, and I am certain the NFL is adverse to loosing half their fans and half their advertisers. Mr. Goodell, that divisive, hate-spewing clown has no place in this great game. Please, for the sake of our country and for the sport, do everything in your power to prevent Limbaugh from becoming identified with the National Football League.

Posted by: alvinr2k | October 13, 2009 3:39 PM

There's a BIG difference between being free to speak your mind and how your speech is perceived. Let Rush be Rush, sure. But he draws attention because he's a bully. And he would be BAD P.R. for the NFL, even in the middle of a group that includes Vick, etc. The NFL can't afford to alienate fans by being political. It can be violent, hypocritical, and stupid, but not political. It's bad for business. Anyone who says otherwise has a chip on their shoulder. It's the cash, nothing more.

Posted by: plefevre | October 13, 2009 3:37 PM

Too bad, just when I thought I was going to have a real reason to hate a football team!

Posted by: niantictom | October 13, 2009 3:36 PM

Think. (Sometimes a rare commodity in the NFL).
Posted by: Curmudgeon10 | October 13, 2009 3:30 PM


Even rarer anywhere in the vicinty of Rush Limbaugh.

Posted by: wtjoyce1956 | October 13, 2009 3:36 PM

Who is Rush Limbaugh? All you dander heads who listen and support him are great examples of what is wrong with this country! All his poo is based on greed, the more outrageous he is the more you all listen to his..... He has no place in the NFL and no place on radio!

Posted by: joed2 | October 13, 2009 3:33 PM

Well a Well.. Rush ain't the first racist to own and NFL team, and he won't be the last. In the end, if he wants it, and as the money, he will get it, and all the players will be paid, and they will shut up and go to the bank, the NFL will find some rationale to make it OK, and keep their cash cow, the NFL in business, and of course the media, well "they're just along for the ride.".

Posted by: beegmo | October 13, 2009 3:33 PM

Rush Limbaugh stated on his radio show that school busses should be racially segregated! Sorry, but the NFL is light years ahead of Rush when it comes to race matters in the US.

Posted by: DROSE1 | October 13, 2009 3:31 PM

Goodell might ask himself: what situation would be best for the NFL? a) Limbaugh a fractional owner and tied to the success of his team or b) Limbaugh a spurned owner picking apart the hypocrisy of the league for the next twenty years?

Think. (Sometimes a rare commodity in the NFL).

Posted by: Curmudgeon10 | October 13, 2009 3:30 PM

Some of you people are hilarious. Who is bringing Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson into this? That is just stupid. They have nothing to do with this. Are they trying to buy a football team? As much as I despise those two, leave them out of this one. People can use what the NHL is trying to do with the Phoenix situation and the attempt by Jim Balsillie to purchased the team. His bid to purchase the team was shot down by all the other owners in the league because they deemed him unfit to own a team due to his deceitful past and his character. NFL owners are allowed to say what they want about the situation just the same as Rush is allowed to make divisive and racist remarks.
And Fiarfaxgoper, those guys that you mentioned spent time in jail for their actions. They are re-entering the community and were given another shot by an employer. No one had give them a second shot if they didn't feel like it. If the other owners and the commissioner don't want to give Rush a shot at owning a team, they don't have to. At least Vick and Little are not in charge of millions of dollars and thousands of people.
The NFL is a brand. If they do not want to let someone in that is going to cause serious problems with their marketing and public image, they don't have to. They can, but they don't have to. Limbaugh purchasing the team would create a nightmare situation in St. Louis with fans and players

Posted by: axglod | October 13, 2009 3:28 PM

Why does a free market libertarian want to buy into a business that operates as an oligopoly and receives large amounts of public subsidies to underwrite its infrastructure? I knew he was a bigot, but now it also appears he is a hypocrite.

Posted by: LostinPotomac | October 13, 2009 3:26 PM

Not a fan of Rush at all. Must say that "WrongDog" hit it right on the head. This is about money, and Rush will not help the cause. This isn't a White or Black, or a Liberal or Consertive issue. Rush is being treated just as any other highly visible, & polarizing person would be treated(e.g., Sarah Palin, Larry Flynt, Howard Stern).

Posted by: TheNuttyProfessor | October 13, 2009 3:24 PM

This is asinine: how can we argue what Limbaugh can and cannot do with his money? It's not as if the NFL is awash with saints. Let the man do what he wants, and unless the first amendment to the Constitution has been repealed, he can say whatever he opines. It's not like he's going to drive the social message of the Rams' club or the NFL for that matter. This argument is ludicrous - and unfortunately laughable....

Posted by: Qeni | October 13, 2009 3:22 PM

This is like saying you dont have freedom of speech.

Does the Commissioner really think that the other owners of the NFL teams could withstand a investigation into there "upstanding" status? Prying into there Business and personal lives. Can they stand that scruinty? Be careful what questions you raise.

Buying a team is a money matter and unless the person is outright illegal person by law, to turn him down, on the grounds mentioned would be a form of Discrimination.

Posted by: ccharles1 | October 13, 2009 3:22 PM

awwww...it must do Rush's fat-addled heart some good to see some of his ditto-head slugs making the case for him in the comments. Exactly why it's not happening...

Posted by: LABC | October 13, 2009 3:21 PM

Perhaps it would be inappropriate for the Commissioner to comment publicly on who is acceptable and who is not!

Perhaps Commissioner Roger Goodell is a bigot and should not be the commissioner?

Posted by: edgeco1 | October 13, 2009 3:20 PM

I would love to see Rush buy the RAMS, see how many people show up to their games.

I think RUSH should field an all WHITE team and see how that goes, with his hatred of black people - he should have a winning team with all those talented white men playing for him.

I think RUSH should field an all white Christian team that follows the strongest rule of ethics -meaning drug tests every day (including the owners) an see where that goes.

He should field a team filled with HIS kind of non-uppity people. Should be fun to watch.
Go Steelers.

Posted by: kare1 | October 13, 2009 3:18 PM

Man this is hard to write...

Limbaugh is the most vile, repulsive, bigoted liar on the radio today. I hate him and his opinions more than anyone I know.

Nevertheless, in America we defend the rights of those we hate and though I despise what he says I will defend to the death his right to say it and be it without retribution.

Goodell, who has a position of responsibility and trust, has a fiduciary duty to be fair and unprejudiced. He has no right to pass judgment on anyone based solely on his opinion of their value--he must make his case with direct examples and clear evidence not an off-the-cuff declaration. While an argument certainly should be made about Limbaugh's excesses and outright lies, it will wind up, as it should, in court and not in Goodell's arbitrary decision.

Posted by: joebanks | October 13, 2009 3:15 PM

Mister Goodell,

I applaud your wisdom.

Posted by: pgibson1 | October 13, 2009 3:13 PM

God forbid someone might actually express an opinion! And if they do...ban em from the NFL, Safeway, and the local Blockbuster! Its not like this is a free country or something.

People better just step in line and keep their yaps shut! phpha!

Posted by: Homunculus | October 13, 2009 3:12 PM

Anyone who makes a living carrying on a non-stop campaign hate filled rhetoric against a family, who just happened to take full advantage of all that this country has to offer, including the presidency, has no place the multi-cultural arena of professional football or any other arena, for that matter.

President Obama is only seeking to fulfill the planks of his well advertised, well known and publicly touted platform. That platform was the basis of his overwhelming victory over McCain. Anyone trying to practice voter nullification, using polls, pundits and pablum is not a good representative of the wholesome sports industry.

Limbaugh’s rhetoric is laden with underpinnings of hatred, bigotry and out right racism. He is not an American guy; rather, he is in every respect, an, us against them sort of guy. He constantly tells his listeners, in effect: “I’ll tell you what to think” and “They are picking on me.” Taking all of Rush’s statements together, there is no reason to believe that, even today, he would not approve of the Dred Scott decision. For me, selling an NFL team to him would be like selling Tuskegee Institute to a known slaver.

And if the NFL approves and allows such a purchase by Limbaugh, then I would recommend that no player, no matter their color, show up for any game, league wide, in order to show totally united rejection of such a “sell your soul to the devil” act by the NFL. I further recommend that the NFLPA immediately inform the NFL that it will take an extremely dim view of any consideration whatsoever of any Limbaugh offer to buy by the NFL.

Posted by: vmonroe_valnesio | October 13, 2009 3:12 PM

If this was the John Stewart of the Daily Show or Al Franken when he was on Air America Radio no one would even dare suggest that the derisive and harsh comments from them would keep them from owning a team. BUT since it is a conservative talk show then all the liberal get their pants in a bunch. What Krap!

Posted by: dbeins | October 13, 2009 3:11 PM

Rush should stick to what he knows best--


selling Oxycotin

Posted by: scon101 | October 13, 2009 3:11 PM

"I've said many times before we're all held to a high standard here, and I think divisive comments are not what the NFL is all about," Goodell said at an NFL owners' meeting. "I would not want to see those comments coming from people who are in a responsible position in the NFL, absolutely not."
______
To bad NBC doesn't hold the same standard when it decided to let hate filled Keith Olbermann cover Sunday night football for them..

Posted by: sovine08 | October 13, 2009 3:11 PM

I'm laughin at some of these people co-signing for Rush Limbaugh to be an owner. i can only conclude that these people must be listeners of the big Rush or just plain stupid. Who mostly plays in the game of football do you honestly think those guys want an owner who HATES THEM, LOOKS DOWN ON THEM. Think for yourselves and stop letting that drug-addict do the thinking for you.

RUSH IS A POLARIZING PERSON AND SHOULD STAY WHERE HE IS.

Oh! and by the way this conversation is about Limbaugh only stop bringing everything under the sun into it.

Posted by: moreamericanthanyou | October 13, 2009 3:09 PM

Is the NFL really stupid enough to wade into a political-correctness ownership battle, or is this just typical WaPo spin?

Posted by: pgr88 | October 13, 2009 3:05 PM

And who gonna buy a NFL team? A left-wing? A liberal? How can they be rich if they are anti-business and anti-capitalism?
Liberal Democrats believed in non-violence. Look at the peace marches. they cannot fight back with punches because they are non-violence preachers.
The conservative Republicans are pro-sports. The liberals hated PE and athletic and the NCAA and the NFL.

see:
Dark Thoughts. by Jon Entine. If the NFL is 70 percent African-American, why are there so few black quarterbacks? And while we're at it, why is the NFL 70 ...
http://www.jonentine.com/articles/dark_thoughts_recon.htm

Posted by: Rockvillers | October 13, 2009 3:05 PM

I love the comment from fairfaxgoper about Bill Clinton and the Lingerie League. Rush cheated on his first two wives! A real family values guy!

Posted by: bill721 | October 13, 2009 3:04 PM

Not that Limbough would be the holder of the worst social/political policy in the NFL, the problemo f him professing opinions and agendas is beyond what the NFL should want to be associated.

I for one would not want to support St. Louis in anyway, shape or form.

Posted by: simplewords999 | October 13, 2009 3:03 PM

He is divisive only because he speaks the truth and the truth hurts or at least bothers people who don't take the time to actually listen to what he said, but rather just take-in a cleverly edited snippet here and a snippet there. He is not a racist. I am actually more offended that some slimy crook like Al Sharpton and some photo-op publicity addict phony like Jesse Jackson feel like anyone really cares what they think about this. At least Rush makes an honest living rather than bilking his "flock" of gullibles.

Posted by: AsstGM | October 13, 2009 3:02 PM

Rush does it again. He never intended to pay for a NFL team. Rush just wanted the owners to go on record.

Now Rush will have plenty to blather and dig at the NFL over.

Posted by: jdcw | October 13, 2009 3:02 PM

What message is being sent to our children when they see a former(?) drug abuser setting in an owner's box?

Posted by: slim2 | October 13, 2009 3:01 PM

First, let me say I think Linbaugh is an idiot and a hypocrite, two characteristics that admirably qualify him to be a team owner. The NFL is rife with hypocrites and idiots, so why should one more matter?

Posted by: Diogenes | October 13, 2009 3:00 PM

"If Rush isn't allowed to be an owner, then why is Keith Olbermann, Rush's mirror image, allowed to be on the Sunday night NFL broadcast? What hypocrisy."

Quite simple. The networks, in this case NBC, control who is on their shows not the NFL. The NFL does control their ownership process. It's a pretty exclusive club.

Posted by: kwbinMD | October 13, 2009 2:59 PM

Wow...it says a lot when a group of people Neanderthals like the NFL ownership tells you that you are too "low" even for them.

Thats OK Rush...just more money for you to blow on Oxy, or to lose in your 4th divorce. What an upstanding Evangelical Republican you are.

Posted by: Nosh1 | October 13, 2009 2:59 PM

If Rush isn't allowed to be an owner, then why is Keith Olbermann, Rush's mirror image, allowed to be on the Sunday night NFL broadcast? What hypocrisy.

Posted by: Madalex | October 13, 2009 2:53 PM

The NFL will allow numerous convicted violent felons to play, but not a man like Limbaugh to be a owner becuase he said a few things that offend people who Never listen to his show or have actually read or heard the quotes in their actual entire context? As a black man I would like to tell Goodell to kiss my 'Magical Negro' butt!

Posted by: wallstreetbulls | October 13, 2009 2:49 PM

There is at least two agenda at work here. It seems Rush Limbaugh would like to be a team owner in the NFL. And it seems as if Al Sharpton has decided this issue will a fund raising project.

Posted by: Thependulumswings | October 13, 2009 2:48 PM

"we're all held to a high standard here," really commissioner? LOL, lets see...

Leonard Little, who currently PLAYS for the Rams:

in 1998, Little crashed into and killed Susan Gutweiler in St. Louis, MO. When tested, his blood alcohol level measured 0.19 percent.
in 2004, Little was again arrested for drunk driving and speeding. The probable cause statement filed by police said Little had bloodshot and watery eyes, smelled of alcohol and failed three sobriety tests.

And then there is Mike Vick, who tortured and brutally killed defenseless animals and then lies to his boss about it!

They both play in this league of high standards!

Sure, High Standards! What a Joke! Lets be consistent and Make Bill Clinton commissioner, oh wait, he would probably prefer to head the Lingerie League!

What a bunch of hypocrites!

Posted by: fairfaxgoper | October 13, 2009 2:46 PM

My day just got a lot better. The neanderthal, tribal pea brain supremicist Rush Limbaugh is getting a dose of his own medicine. Rush will never clear the bar of the higher standard for NFL owners - he's full of right wing filth and stink.

Posted by: truthseeker13 | October 13, 2009 2:46 PM

In Limbaugh the Rams can believe
Cause Rush has been able to weave
Around regulation
To score medication
Illegally he will receive.

News Short n' Sweet by JFD8
http://twitter.com/JFD8

Posted by: jd121 | October 13, 2009 2:40 PM

This isn't about black and white, it's about green. It's about how much money Rush and co. put up vs. other bidders. Then they will weigh that against how it will affect the NFL in the longterm. Rush is a polarizing, divisive figure and that's bad for business. Rush's supporters want to make it about AMERICA! No, it's about making the most money possible for the NFL. Rush supporters don't get it. Shocker, huh?

Posted by: WrongDog | October 13, 2009 2:39 PM

Don't understand why a card carrying Klansman like Rush would want to be involved with NFL. For someone who has such a strong dislike for non-whites he should find some organization that favors misinformed vulgarians like himself.

Posted by: Hoffmann1 | October 13, 2009 2:36 PM

Hey Jim65, what does Al Sharpton have to do with Rush Limbaugh and his bid to purchase the Rams?

At what time did it come out that Al Sharpton wanted to purchase the Rams or ANY NFL TEAM for that matter?

How about sticking to the subject at hand and NOT making it about racism?

Posted by: RedDMV | October 13, 2009 2:33 PM

It's not about black and white, it's about green. How much money will they pay for the team vs. other bidders and then how will that affect the NFL financially down the road? Rush is polarizing and that's bad for business. All these Rush supporters just don't get it. Shocker, huh?

Posted by: WrongDog | October 13, 2009 2:31 PM

@listentothemonkeys

Are you serious? What makes you think he would be a fantastic owner? Just because he can do drugs and blabber off on radio makes him qualified to be an owner? Where's your proof?

NFL already holds players accountable for their actions. But nobody holds this big fat idiot accountable for his own words and actions.

I guess he has already learned a valuable lesson, words have consequences.

Posted by: williamdafow | October 13, 2009 2:30 PM

Rush Limbaugh certainly has the right to put a bid in for ownership of any NFL team. The flip side of that is that the other owners as well as the players have a right to express their opinions about that. At the end of the day, the business factors that control most decisions relative to NFL will determine if it is in the NFL's interest to have Rush Limbaugh as an owner. And this is where the persona so carefully cultivated by Rush Limbaugh will work against him. He has much influence amongst those that call themselves ditto heads but what do they do for the NFL?

Posted by: Thependulumswings | October 13, 2009 2:29 PM

Sharpton was quoted as saying to an audience at Kean College in 1994 that, “White folks was [sic] in caves while we was building empires.... We taught philosophy and astrology and mathematics before Socrates and them Greek homos ever got around to it.”

So I guess he can't own a franchise either

Posted by: Jim65 | October 13, 2009 2:28 PM

It's not about black and white, it's about green. How much money will they pay for the team vs. other bidders and then how will that affect the NFL financially down the road? Rush is polarizing and that's bad for business. All these Rush supporters just don't get it. Shocker, huh?

Posted by: WrongDog | October 13, 2009 2:27 PM

What a joke, Isn't this AMERICA??? I would MUCH rather have Rush Limbaugh own a team then 3/4 of the idiots that own them now! (i.e. SNYDER, JONES, DAVIS...etc). Yes, he is divisive in his comments but that shouldn't shut him out from owning a NFL team. I believe he would a fantastic owner, and probably hold these players accountable for their actions, which Goodell is trying to do. Isn't that what the NFL is looking for? Fans in Washington desperately want accountability, and why not in Saint Louis? Rush is no different than Al Sharpton, and who would care if he owned a team? This is ridiculous...GO RUSH!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: listentothemonkeys | October 13, 2009 2:20 PM

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