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Larry Brown

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Free to Bid, Free to Criticize


It would be un-American to deny Rush Limbaugh the opportunity to bid on the Rams or any NFL franchise that is up for sale, however, Rush or anyone else is not free from the consequence of their past actions. For Rush, that means not being welcomed by a league where he has described the play on the field as being like gang members fighting minus the guns. Moreover, Limbaugh is still responsible for his asinine comment that Donovan McNabb's praise was the result of the media that wants him to succeed rather than McNabb's abilities and production on the field.

It is Commissioner Roger Goodell's responsibility to look out for the best interest of the league over which he presides. If that means suspending players for poor conduct off or on the field, then he must do what he thinks is right. It should never get to the point of Goodell abusing his power (at which point the U.S. government may have to step in the way they did with MLB and steroids), but Goodell should be able to speak out the way he did against Rush Limbaugh. The bottom line is that Limbaugh should be free to bid on any team, but merely placing a bid should not free him from the consequences of his past remarks and/or current beliefs.

By Larry Brown  |  October 14, 2009; 12:06 PM ET  | Category:  Race , Roger Goodell , St. Louis Rams Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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WHY is it always a problem when a conservative does something like wanting to buy a team?

If Rush was a flaming liberal no one would have said a word.

An for the league to be judgemental is a complete joke.

There are so many thugs in the NFL it isnt funny.

All the players that get arrested for everything and they continue to be able to play, Michael Vike for one.

You people are pathetic.

You need to move to Russia and experience how precious freedom really is.

Posted by: xinunus | October 14, 2009 1:44 PM

You're absolutely right, Larry. This is America, and Limbaugh has his rights, just as Goodell has his. And I think that the players have the right to tell Limbaugh that if he buys the team, they will not play on it. Who would want to play on a team owned by a guy who makes no bones about the fact that he disrespects them? Morale issues would abound, racism would not only be tolerated, but encouraged. And nobody could stop Limbaugh's capacious ego from destoying what remains of the NFL owners' fractious, yet somewhat functioning relationships with each other.

And xinunus, could you really be that dense? Do you actually think that the problem with Limbaugh is that he's a conservative??? There are many conservative owners in the NFL. The problem with Limbaugh is that he's a bloviated, bigoted, egotistical, lying, devisive POS.

And who's Michael Vike?

Posted by: borntorun45 | October 14, 2009 4:12 PM

The problem is not that a conservative wants to buy a team, it's the fact that the man (Limbaugh) has made his opinion perfectly clear where as far as where he stands in regards to the players in the league (please revisit his McNabb comments if you do not know/remember). If there was a "flaming liberal" who had the platform and decided to spew a negative opinion in regards to Goodell, other owners, players or referees, believe me they wouldn't get a vote of confidence either. As far as the "thugs" in the NFL are concerned, have you not been paying attention to "Lord" Goodell's recent policies in regards to player personal conduct? I think it speaks for itself when a number of players have been suspended (PacMan Jones for one HUGE example) from the league for their actions off of the field. And please get over the Mike Vick case, if the public cared as much as you think they do about his crime, no team would have touched him. Obviously there is not that much public outcry about a man who was convicted, served his time (and then some in my OPINION) and came back, hat in hand, to ask for his job back. You probably wouldn't last another day at McDonald's if they had the same conduct policy as the NFL.

Posted by: jaytw0 | October 14, 2009 4:20 PM

Rush should be an NFL owner... just after Ahmedinejad is a rabbi.

Posted by: steveboyington | October 14, 2009 8:32 PM

If a prominent conservative like George Wills or Charles Krauthammer who do not have a history of making incedinary racial comments tried to buy and NFL team no one would bat an eye.I am sure there are many conservatives who own NFL teams and many players who are conservative also and no one is trying to kick them out of the NFL. The problem with Rush is that he is racially divisive and it was stupid of him to try to take part in something as racially diverse as the NFL.

Posted by: exbrown | October 15, 2009 8:28 AM

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