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Peter Schaffer
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Peter Schaffer

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Goodell's Best Move


Admittedly this may be the toughest opinion piece I have ever drafted given my lack of agreement with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on almost all of his past positions since ascending to the throne. However, the Commissioner's stance on Rush Limbaugh's potential ownership of the St. Louis Rams should be commended. There is no place in our society for a person in a leadership role that has demonstrated inherent, life long and deep standing prejudices against human beings. Commissioner Goodell, and everyone associated with the NFL, should be applauded for a strong stance against Limbaugh's ownership role in the NFL.

Commissioner Goodell was right on point when he remarked at the owners meetings, "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. I would not want to see those comments coming from people who are in a responsible position in the NFL, absolutely not."

Goodell was referring in particular to the comments made by Limbaugh concerning Eagles Quarterback Donavan Mcnabb when he said "I think what we've had here is a little social concern in the NFL,'' Limbaugh said." The media has been very desirous that a black quarterback do well. They're interested in black coaches and black quarterbacks doing well ... McNabb got a lot of the credit for the performance of the team that he really didn't deserve."

ESPN thought this statement was so inappropriate that they immediately and properly removed Rush from his position as a commentator on their network. Sometimes it is comical that a person of Limbaugh's position will throw stones when his own house in a state of disrepute -- especially given his conviction to a felony crime for fraud based upon his illegal purchase of prescription drugs.

I, as well as everyone who is blessed to have any association with the National Football League agree that everyone so associated with the NFL is to be held to the highest of standards as to conduct, statements and leadership. I truly see the NFL as being one of the flag bearers for what the great civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. meant when he said: "I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character."
Commissioner Goodell should be commended for coming out with such a strong anti-Limbaugh statement. Any person who is so intent on creating diverseness and instilling fear in our country should be prevented from assuming any type of leadership role on the great industry of professional football.

What the NFL needs is positive leadership based upon a clean image and not extremist viewpoints and that are not based upon the rigid fear tactics employed by the negative opinions of such people as Limbaugh.

By Peter Schaffer  |  October 14, 2009; 8:51 AM ET  | Category:  Roger Goodell , St. Louis Rams Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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You say "what the NFL needs is a clean image and not extremist viewpoints?" Oh, you mean like Kieth Olberman? Like he isn't an extremist? Do you think at all before you write your column?

What the NFL needs is owner's who love the game and who will let the best players play. Their politics is irrelevant.

Posted by: Obamasux | October 14, 2009 9:19 AM

Last time I checked, Mr. Olbermann wasn't seeking to become part owner of an NFL team, unlike Mr. Limbaugh. Also, last time I checked, Mr. Olbermann has never been associated with blatantly racist comments, as has Mr. Limbauch.

Do you think at all before you write your comments?

Posted by: Richard-in-PA | October 14, 2009 10:35 AM

This is sweet revenge. Rush Limbaugh is a racist. He deserves to lose this opportunity because a loss can be a growing experience. Now perhaps Rush will measure his comments and realize the hatred he spews may have consequences outside of his redneck fandom.

Posted by: madest | October 14, 2009 10:44 AM

Please get your facts straight before writing an article. A simple online search would have led you to an article about Rush threatening to sue the media for libel based on the publication and airing of erronenous statements attributed to him. I have listened to Rush since the early 90's and have never heard anything of the sort that is currently being associated with him. This is a smear job pure and simple.

However, let's suppose something he said in jest was offensive (not just to liberals, but right thinking, normal individuals). Would you rather have someone representing the NFL who said something stupid (not unlike the current US VP) or a torturer of animals, rapists, domestic abusers, accused murders, drug users, or anyone of that ilk? Unfortunately, the latter group is fully represented in the NFL today.

Posted by: pukkapunch | October 14, 2009 10:47 AM

Peter is not criticizing Limbaugh's political beliefs, but yet his history of racially bigoted statements. While Olberman has rather slanted political beliefs he has to my knowledge never said racially bigoted or extremist comments as a sports commentator. Nor has Olberman said racially fueled comments on on his political show. You might think that Olberman's political views are extremist, but your comparison is a far-reaching absurdity.

I think you did a good job of completely taking Peter's last paragraph out of context. The extremist comments were the racial ones that Peter presented as, "There is no place in our society for a person in a leadership role that has demonstrated inherent, life long and deep standing prejudices against human beings." You can not possibly fit Olberman into this mold.

Posted by: fgmoon353 | October 14, 2009 10:49 AM

Unless the NFL has become a public office that the owners are "voted" in, then im not sure what you mean. This is a money matter.

The NFL isnt up held to any standards except when it works in there plans. If criminals, and ex-criminals can play the game. Then unless the person who is trying to buy a team isnt in prison, then please.

Also think about this. Can the owners and the top people in NFL afford to have some one digging into there lives so we can see how upstanding they are. Rush is just the guy to do it!

They better think before they snub people. Freedom of speech.... Thank God I live in America

Posted by: ccharles1 | October 14, 2009 10:55 AM

Rush is a hateful and digusting racist. In addition, with all the drug problems in professional sports why allow a junkie to become an owner?

Posted by: notarep | October 14, 2009 11:03 AM

RUSH is so loved he has made alot of money and if he wants to buy a team he should be able to it just kills all you libs that he is so powerfull and has the money to do this, you are doing what libs do you don't like someone so lets play the race card,HERES ONE FOR YOU LIBS THIS PRESIDENT HAS BECOME THE WORST IN HISTORY IN JUST A COUPLE OF MONTHS NOT BECAUSE HE IS BLACK BECAUSE HIS POLICIES ARE WRONG ,WORST PRESIDENT IN HISTORY WHY IS HIS APPROVAL RATINGS DROPPIN (OH ITS BUSHES) FAULT OBAMA HAS BECOME A TERRIBLE PRESIDENT BRING BUSH BACK I MISS THE BUSH YEARS

Posted by: greatleadergwbush | October 14, 2009 11:13 AM

"Please get your facts straight before writing an article. A simple online search would have led you to an article about Rush threatening to sue the media for libel based on the publication and airing of erronenous statements attributed to him. I have listened to Rush since the early 90's and have never heard anything of the sort that is currently being associated with him. This is a smear job pure and simple."

That's strange. ESPN was so incensed by the comment Limbaugh made that they immediately booted him from his position. Or isn't that true? Is Limbaugh still working for ESPN? If not, why not? What, it is true that ESPN booted Limbaugh? It wouldn't be because of the racially divisive comment he made about McNabb by any chance?

Posted by: SakuraNoSeirei | October 14, 2009 11:14 AM

Let's see Serena Williams, who I like, is part-owner of the Dolphins now. Didn't she just recently go on a profanity laced tirade and physically threaten an older Korean woman at a tennis match. The McNabb statements were a shot at the MEDIA. Isn't it amazing how these quotes cannot be backed up and cited as true and accurate. Really shouldn't matter either way. Dave Checketts would be the majority owner and he has been a great owner in rebuilding the St. Louis Blues. The Rams can't move out of town since he owns the Blues so the purchase would be great for the city of St. Louis. With Rush as a part owner you probably would not have the owners holding up the city of St. Louis for a new stadium, like for instance Jim Irsay of the Colts did. Jim Irsay's old ballcoach, Tony Dungy, has appeared as a guest on Rush's show so apparently he has no problem with him either.

Posted by: bm6691 | October 14, 2009 11:14 AM

Well, well, mess with someone's treasured view of professional football and you are an enemy of the nation's civil religion. Given the fact that Rush is a cartoon of a human being, a man of such profound self-loathing that it is startling anyone wastes a minute of their time listening to him, this alone does not disqualify him from ownership. Professional football is a business. Rush is a businessman. To disqualify him on the basis of his relative idiocy, places the NFL at legal risk of a 14th Amendment violation. Besides, money has a way of sobering the most intemperate of spirits.

Posted by: itoasi | October 14, 2009 11:16 AM

I also wish people on these forums would stop the causal labeling of people racists, nazis, etc. Equating a townhall protester to someone responsible for the slaughtering of over 6 million Jews devalues the true evil that exists in the world. Likewise, saying some "offensive" (whatever that means since offensive is in the ear of the listener - do you watch movies, listen to radio lyrics, see standup comedians?) is not the same as someone who participated in lynchings or is a member of the KKK.

The use of such language not only illustrates your lack of knowledge, history, and rhetorical agility, but obscures the identification of true injustice when it occurs.

Posted by: pukkapunch | October 14, 2009 11:18 AM

I absolutely agree with the commissioner. Limbaugh is within his right to say whatever he wants to say. However, the NFL has worked diligently to clean up their image and I applaud that. For too long these athletes have been allowed to say what they want and do what they want to the detriment of the sport but, worse than that to the detriment of the young men who come after them. Those of you who support Limbaugh would be the first to critize those poorly behaving athletes. Then why the double standard now? Rush Limbaugh has the right to say whatever he wants to say. He does not have the right to do that within the NFL. If he were truly sincere about cleaning himself up after his felony drug conviction then he'd stop with the blatently, well documented racist remarks. He's not interested in doing right. He's only interested in inciting ugly behavior that does nothing to bring us together in meaningful conversation to solve problems. Let him make his money someplace else. I for one am tired of hearing about him.

Posted by: wandasgirl | October 14, 2009 11:18 AM


Posted by: greatleadergwbush | October 14, 2009 11:20 AM

Goodell was referring in particular to the comments made by Limbaugh concerning Eagles Quarterback Donavan Mcnabb when he said "I think what we've had here is a little social concern in the NFL,'' Limbaugh said." The media has been very desirous that a black quarterback do well. They're interested in black coaches and black quarterbacks doing well ... McNabb got a lot of the credit for the performance of the team that he really didn't deserve."

Let's say Limbaugh said the above statement verbatim and without editing-I fail to see how the statement in itself is racist. I do not listen to Rush but I do have huge concerns when those who speak the obvious are labeled as racist and then black balled bu the politically correct of todays society.

I see to recall not too long about some within the black community whinning because there were not "enough" black QB's that most were white. I challenge anyone to prove this wrong and then align yourself with the politically correct and some how state that that statement is not racist.

Goodell made his remarks off of the tail-end of Sharpton and Jackson whinning about Limbaugh possibly purchasing a team. Now, how many times, with examples can we ask Jackson and Sharpton if they would like to be the pot-or-the-kettle today.

The Duke Lacrosse case comes to mind first, and then of course there is a list of others where Sharpton and Jackson cried foul when race had nothing to do with anything.

If the NFL and idiots like Olberman are going to chastize Limbaugh for a comment he may or may not have made, then we need to address the domestic violence offenders currently playing in the NFL, Raider's coach that is still coaching for punching the crap out of another coach, drug addicts, and the ilk.

But lets address Michale Vick, that fine upstanding citizen who tortured and murdered dogs for the entertainment and money of it all. WOW-a convicted felon who was permitted to return to the NFL to make millions and yet some how a comment Rush may have said should bar him from owning a football team? Really?

Posted by: kmday | October 14, 2009 11:24 AM

The NFL is a private organization, and Rush should be judged on his character, which obviously disqualifies him. To ask someone to call back when they take the bone out of their nose, or to repeat lies about people, when he knows, or should know they are lies shows a lack of character, and judgement. The rumor I have heard is that he just wants to be able to get his pain pills cheaper than buying them on the street. He could always start his own league with all southern teams and a tractor pull at halftime.

Posted by: crossroadsnow | October 14, 2009 11:30 AM

I find it interesting that the pro-Rush comments are, for the most part, rants containing multiple mistakes in spelling.
I'm not sure I understand why President Obama has been dragged into this discussion, but then again, I don't listen to Mr. Limbaugh's show so perhaps I'm out of the loop.
I'm not a big NFL fan, but as I understand it, the organization does have the right to approve or reject potential owners. Mr. Limbaugh is a convicted felon who was fired by ESPN for making comments that most rational people would deem to be racist and which were unrelated to the actual performance of Mr. McNabb. He is now attempting to purchase an ownership interest in a sport which already has a ton of problems.
As for Ms. Williams, while her conduct is indeed reprehensible, I believe she was already part owner of the Dolphins at the time she made the comments. Furthermore, she made the comments while she was playing an entirely different sport and not while being paid to be a sports commentator.
Perhaps rejecting Mr. Limbaugh's attempt may be the start toward a wider clean up of the NFL mess.

Posted by: docskids1 | October 14, 2009 11:32 AM

To all who say Rush Limbaugh is a racist, please enlighten us about his racism. I've listened to his show for many years and to date I haven't heard anything racist. Those comments coming from the minority community is another thing entirely. So please, enlighten us. Tell us exactly how you KNOW he's racist(exact words would be helpful). Then maybe you should call and talk to his "African American" call screener and ask for his opinion on the matter. I think you guys should listen to his show before you talk. I have, are you willing?

Posted by: believeit | October 14, 2009 11:33 AM


Posted by: greatleadergwbush | October 14, 2009 11:33 AM

It's clear that anyone, including this author, who thinks Rush is a racist have NEVER once listened to him, but rather of relied on the media's retelling of his character to form their opinon. Don't try to claim otherwise. And before you go saying, "of course I've never listened to that racist/bigot/(fill in the blank)" ask yourself, would you want people forming an opinion on you based SOLELY off of information you gathered from that person's enemies?

The media HATE Rush, so of course they're not going to be at all REMOTELY favorable to him - and this is what you're basing your "well-informed" opinions on? For goodness' sake, the author's opening paragraph claiming Rush has "life long and deep standing prejudices against human beings" is so amazingly off-target it immediately discredits the writer of any stance he'll ever take. I mean, if he's going to take that kind of a stance on a position he is clearly uneducated on, then none of what he writes on can be viewed with credibility.

It's the same with all of you. None of you have any idea what you're talking about, beyond what the media has told you. I've listened to Rush for 20 years, and before you all go name calling just to make things simpler for you, keep in mind that you know NOTHING about me or my background, who I'm married to, my family, etc... and knowing any of that might make any claims of "bigot" or "racist" silly. I avoid racists/racism as much as any of you. I've never heard ANYTHING from Rush that would indicate he has "deep standing prejudices against human beings". Before you make that kind of an opinion about someone, get more information then what you gathered from his most ardent enemies.

Posted by: breeboo | October 14, 2009 11:35 AM


Posted by: greatleadergwbush | October 14, 2009 11:39 AM


Does Michael Vick allowed to play after serving 18 months on a felony chare or murdering animals for entertainment and money ring any bells?

Pac Man Jones beating women ring any bells?

Donte Stallworth killing a man while he was intoxicated? The Cleveland Browns receiver, who pleaded guilty to killing a pedestrian while driving drunk, was suspended without pay Thursday for the entire season. He is barred from team activities until he is reinstated after the Super Bowl.

Rae Carruth- conspiracy to commit murder

Ray Lewis- shady during murder investigation

Tank Johnson- guns
Plaxico Burres- guns
Marshawn Lynch- guns
Reggie Williams- drugs
Matt Jones- drugs

Seriously, do we need to keep going? And you are assuming he is going to “speak” this way as an owner of a football team. I suppose if Limbaugh says he is “truly sorry” for the alleged and twisted out of context comments he made and pays a fine all is good?

I mean, that is all these murders, women beaters and drug addict football players have to do, right?

There are ZERO well documented racist remarks. First and foremost, racist remarks are based on the INTENTION of a persons comment, not another person assumption. If the intent was not to be racist, then you cannot call the remarks racist. Heck, Obama offended me when he said the “cops acted stupidly” and I found that to be a racist remark yet others laughed and said that is crazy. Was it crazy though and if it was crazy, is it only crazy because a black man said it towards a white man?

Assuming another persons intention on comments they have made is ignorance at best. I do not listen to Limbaugh; however thousands who do have stated they have never heard him say anything racist in nature.

I find it VERY discouraging that some how Goodell can let Vick come back and play and then reinstate Stallworth after the Super Bowl given what both of them did yet some how alleged comments from Limbaugh should bar him from becoming partial owner of a franchise.

Please tell me you people do not see the double standards and hypocrisy!?

Posted by: kmday | October 14, 2009 11:42 AM

"I, as well as everyone who is blessed to have any association with the National Football League agree that everyone so associated with the NFL is to be held to the highest of standards as to conduct, statements and leadership." dog fighting, rape charges, drugs..these are the high standards of the NFL.

Those who are without fault throw the first stone. People make statements they wish they could take back or may not think about before they speak. Just because the man isn't on your side of politics, doesn't mean he shouldn't be allowed to own a team. I am not a great fan of Rush. I think he is arrogant and a blow hard, but he should be allowed a second chance like others have had in the NFL.

Posted by: Medic6464 | October 14, 2009 11:51 AM

October 5, 2009: Dolphins cornerback Will Billingsley, a practice-squad player, was arrested Monday and charged with battery and resisting arrest.

Billingsley's girlfriend, whom he allegedly assaulted, also was taken into custody for trying to stop the arrest.

September 7, 2009: LITTLETON, Colo. -- Denver Broncos rookie tight end Richard Quinn was required to spend the night in jail after being arrested on harassment and domestic violence charges.

August 25, 2009
Baltimore Ravens undrafted rookie linebacker Tony Fein was arrested and charged Sunday with assaulting a police officer at a restaurant, authorities said.

August 21, 2009
Titans WR Chris Davis is arrested for DUI

August 20, 2009
Buccaneers cornerback Aqib Talib was arrested early Thursday and charged with simple battery and resisting arrest

August 18, 2009
Bengals sign free-agent tight end Kolo Kapanui, who was released by the New Orleans Saints after an arrest.This should come as no surprise given the Bengals arrest record.

August 5, 2009
Eagles' starting DE Parker arrested Wednesday

July 24, 2009
Texans FB Vonta Leach is arrested for misdemeanor assault.

July 23, 2009
Seattle Seahawks fullback Owen Schmitt has pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of reckless driving Wednesday, his attorney said, according to The Seattle Times.

July 22, 2009
A Philadelphia man who says he was shot by NFL receiver Marvin Harrison last year remains in critical condition

July 15, 2009
A federal judge Wednesday sentenced former NFL player Travis Henry to three years in prison for financing a drug ring that moved cocaine between Colorado and Montana.

May 3, 2009
New Orleans Saints wide receiver Biren Ealy and tight end Kolomona Kapanui were charged Sunday with obscenity, disturbing the peace and lewd conduct for allegedly being drunk, urinating in public and exposing themselves.

April 28, 2009
Bills safety Donte Whitner has pleaded not guilty to aggravated disorderly conduct and resisting arrest after an April 13 incident in Cleveland.

April 27, 2009
Chargers linebacker Shaun Phillips has been cited for misdemeanor battery for allegedly striking a security guard in the face at a downtown hotel early Sunday morning.

Posted by: kmday | October 14, 2009 11:55 AM

Here's a couple of facts for all of you who don't want to be bothered looking any up.

First off, Rush's infamous "McNabb" comment was never a racist comment, it was a political comment about THE MEDIA... and he was correct. He said, in so many words, that the media was showing as much interest in McNabb as they were because they had an interet in a black QB doing well. That was not "McNabb isn't a good QB, because Blacks can't be good QB's" or anything like it. And to add some weight to Rush's point... qo back to 2003 when he made the comment - look at the stats of McNabb for 2002 and 2003, then compare them to the stats for Brad Johnson (whose stats were better, and he even had a superbowl win - something McNabb was lacking), and then see what kind of coverage both QB's were getting. Johnson was rarely talked about, and certainly never with the swoon that McNabb was receivng. He had just come off of a great season, won a superbowl, looked like he was having ANOTHER great season, but no one was talking about him. McNabb NOR the Eagles were having AS good as a season, but you wouldn't know that by reading the press coverage. You'd think he was the hottest QB in the NFL. Why is that? Well, we can all speculate about that, but from what Rush knows about the media, his opion was exactly what he said it was.

Second, Rush was not fired from ESPN. He resigned. For 2 reasons: first and foremost, he liked the people he worked with, and he didn't want them to have to take any heat or focus off of what they loved to do. And second, he was upset at ESPN management, because they kept telling him week after week that he wasn't being "controversial enough" on air, and they would tell him that's why they hired him. So when he finally makes a controversial comment, the ESPN management went running as far away as they could. He didn't need the money, and no one wants to work for an employer who hangs them out to dry, so he resigned.

Posted by: breeboo | October 14, 2009 11:56 AM

Hypocricy reigns supreme in the fantasy land of the dittohead lemmings. They try to compare Vick's rehab and return, or Oberman's defensive politics against hatred and racism, as evidence of unfairness to Limbaugh. Newsflash: Limbaugh is a drug salesman - he is selling hormonal emotional rage from racism, greed, superiority. All you who fawn over his words are addicts who need your daily fix - he is making millions off you. The NFL is leading the way toward an American ideal of post-racial meritocricy, and Limbaugh is stuck in the ugly past. He would set progress back decades if he were to become an influential owner ofthe Rams. Good work everyone in exposing the real essence of his agenda.

Posted by: truthseeker13 | October 14, 2009 12:01 PM

So, TRUTHSEEKER... you're saying that I didn't have my belief system in place until Rush TOLD me what it was, and if I stop listening to Rush, I won't have my current belief system anymore? Additionally, your stand is that my belief system involves hate, greed, and racial superiority? That's very interesting insight you have.

You have no idea what he "sells," if anything. Instead of simply claiming he's a racist, why don't you give some of examples of these racist remarks? For someone who claims to seek the truth, I see neither truth nor evidence of seeking the truth in your comment.

Posted by: breeboo | October 14, 2009 12:16 PM

sharpton is making this a racial issue..why?..because there is more money to exploit in the NFL than there is with black kids beating each other to death with boards and drive-bys....them folks don't have the bank accounts that attract sharpton.

Posted by: JWx2 | October 14, 2009 12:36 PM

Breeboo: Broaden your horizons a bit and read widely. There are many examples of Rush's racist remarks. I don't have time here to educate you. I have listened to Rush on many occasions and researched his bio. Most intelligent, critical thinking ADULTS in this country have moved past his neanderthal belief systems. I will admit he does have a commanding, alluring voice that sucks a lot of folks of weak mind in.

Posted by: truthseeker13 | October 14, 2009 12:40 PM

I find it rather hypocritical of those who are so concerned that someone who they believe may have racist views may become associated with the NFL, but the fact that the team in the nations capital is named the “Redskins” is no problem at all. I guess some racism is acceptable and some is not. Perhaps if Rush decides to rename his team the “Darkies” that will be OK.

Posted by: RickM2 | October 14, 2009 12:58 PM

Pete says: "There is no place in our society for a person in a leadership role that has demonstrated inherent, life long and deep standing prejudices against human beings."

(A lot of high profile so-called "activists" have said and done much worse than Limbaugh Duke Lacrosse players come to mind - were was young prof. Pete then?)

If Pete's assertion is an's wrong; if it's meant to be an axiom for legal and or societal adjudication it's scary.

Pete is already so kool-aid poisoned that it would be a waste of diligent time to discuss this with the young prof, or to read his by-line again.

Personally, we don't pay attention to Limbaugh; or his extreme liberal counterparts.

Pete, grow up and get back to learning. Obviously you think your phat paycheck buys you the street creds -- it doesn't.

Posted by: ruralamericans | October 14, 2009 1:00 PM

RURALAMERICANS: Attack the messanger, yeah right on. Your handle belies a weakminded self righteous "real American" teabagger making a big fuss over the frightening prospect that "real change" is coming to America. I bet you a million dollars I know about 90% of who you are just as you devine who Peter Schaffer is. Your attitudes and beliefs do say a lot about what is in your heart.

Posted by: truthseeker13 | October 14, 2009 1:15 PM

Limbaugh is a snarky buffoon who does not deserve a team, for his remarks about McNabb AND for Barack the Magic Negro AND for his "Lovechild" references to Jesse Jackson AND for his demeaning treatment of Colin Powell and Michael Steele. There is a discernable pattern. Put that together with the Oxycontin debacle, and you have the recipe for a circus.

However, before the NFL deems itself a hybrid of Harriett Beecher Stowe, Mother Theresa and Ms. Manners, it might want to re-consider its relationship with Michael Vick.

Posted by: RadicalGlove | October 14, 2009 3:00 PM

The NFL has a the "star" 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 spectacle - 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 3:29 PM

Rush Limbaugh is gay. He can't even be honest with himself about that, how could he be honest about being a racist? Ahhh you don't believe me? Google the name "Elliot Sanders".

Posted by: madest | October 14, 2009 3:40 PM

"There is no place in our society for a person in a leadership role that has demonstrated inherent, life long and deep standing prejudices against human beings."

Where are citations to support such a broad and sweeping? Where are the links to articles and audio bytes?

You disagree with him on McNabb. You're entitled to your opinion - he's entitled to his - so what? Anything else ? If this were a court case, I'd win a motion to dismiss in a heartbeat.

Posted by: MyOhMy | October 14, 2009 3:47 PM

Breaking News: Limbaugh will be dropped from the buying group. This will send a message that Hate Speach, racism, will not be tolerated in any form. Maybe Limbaugh will change his tune? My guess is he is a hopeless immature clown and will never change.

Posted by: truthseeker13 | October 14, 2009 4:34 PM

I love people who try to justify Rush by attacking the players. The players aren't buying the team. They earn money for the team. Without players, there is no NFL. Rush sure as hell can't play!

I guess Rush got a dose of reality. Those 20 million listeners are a simple minority of the American people. Emphasis on "Simple".

Posted by: Julescator | October 14, 2009 5:01 PM

Wow. I began reading the comments at the top of the page. I'll bet Sports is the only section in this venerable paper you can find kind this quantity and quality of illiteracy displayed. Wouldn't you just love to do a quick poll? Let me speculate on the results: 100 percent of those who aren't able to construct a proper sentence are Limbaugh fans . . . no wonder his program is filled with ads for self-help books and get rich quick schemes . . .

Posted by: izziek | October 14, 2009 5:54 PM

That Limbaugh is "divisive" and frequently espouses racial bias is common knowledge -- at least to those who don't live in a state of perpetual denial.

I applaud both Goodell's and Peter's comments -- they seek to unite and maintain the integrity of the sport, rather than underwrite a bigot's desire to bring his hate-filled, whining, wing-nut misfeasance into a respectable enterprise.

To approve this cretin's ownership of a major sports team would do nothing more than continue to divide an already politically strained nation, with the added negative of seeming to put a stamp of approval on Limbaugh's creepy, side-show barker, drug-addled, trouble-making persona.

Bravo Peter!


Posted by: Frank57 | October 14, 2009 7:13 PM

Go ahead and argue whatever you want about SCUM limbaugh but the reality is that the NFL would never allow some THING like SCUM limbaugh into their club because it would bring attention to the National Football League in a way that the League doesn't want.

Bottom line: the National Football League does NOT like ANY attention focused on the National Football League that is NOT on the football field.....AND THERE'S A GOOD REASON FOR THAT.

What DOES the NFL want then? It want's persons to pay attention to the entertainment it sells them: it's called "football".

What does the NFL NOT want? SIMPLE: it does NOT want ANY attention paid to ANYTHING about the National Football League *OUTSIDE OF THE FOOTBALL FIELD*..... PARTICULARLY THE MECHANISMS OF HOW THE NFL PRACTICES BUSINNESS.

Why so? SIMPLE: because the way the NFL operates it's business would be declared illegal - *BY ANY AND ALL MEASURES OF FEDERAL LAWS* - because the National Football League operates as an unconditionally restrictive cartel.

Don't understand? Google "cartel" and then google "sherman anti-trust".

Posted by: Archie_Leach | October 14, 2009 7:14 PM

I guess in true “Rush” fashion, you stirred the pot! Precisely what your publication desires. Rest easy though, the numbers are on your side, and you had plenty bloggers come to your defense. It’s too easy to side with you on this topic. Anyone else can easily be panned as illogical or just plain frustrated by the current state of affairs in DC and thus too far in right field by falsely mixing politics with NFL entrepreneurship. What everyone is failing to see is that the enterprise under discussion is the N.F.L. and not the St. Louis Rams! As such, there must be a 3/4ths vote in favor of permitting a new member to join the illustrious group. No matter how strongly quotes or views or beliefs are articulated by a candidate, if they are divisive in nature to the degree that they generate significant negative press (e.g. Rush’s program), then more than likely they will not gain the necessary votes. This would be true of any corporate Board, wouldn’t it? Come to think of it, in that way validating new NFL ownership works very much like politics in good ole DC! In a sense, Rush is a victim of his own recipe for fame and fortune…or is he? Don’t shed a tear for mighty Rush, perhaps he’s reveling in the current debate with the realization that, much like his consistently over-the-top right-wing commentary, it merely fortifies his current kingdom.

Just to be safe, you better have someone else start your car and open your mail for a while!

….and that folks, is the rest of the story…..good day!

Posted by: JimBeam888 | October 14, 2009 8:01 PM

I have listened to Rush since 1992. Most of his critics do not even listen to him, but believe that conservatives are racists. No quotes have EVER been produced that would suggest Rush is racist. His McNabb comment was a criticism of the media, not McNabb. His burning belief in individual FREEDOM is not "right-wing" or radical, but a reasoned argument based on the Constitution. Somehow Mark Cuban can maintain ownership but conservative free speech nullifes Rush as a potential owner.

Posted by: mseancroweaolcom | October 14, 2009 9:58 PM

Rush has proven by his comments that he is nothing but a racist. Here's a man who has dogged Mr. Obama simply because he is black and who has made racist comments about black NFL players and who stated that the NFL looks like the bloods and crips,basically calling all of the black players in the league gang members but yet he wants to buy into the business, sounds like a bit of a double standard to me.
Then he gets on his radio show this week calling out Sharpeton and Jackson for calling on Goodell to ban Rush from buying into the Rams. Now I don't think much of Sharpeton or Jackson and I'm black, but they finally fought for a good cause in this matter. Hey Rush remember your hateful racist attitude toward Mr. Obama now you're having to reap what you have sown. The other partners have put you out now so you don't hurt their chances of buying the team. It's your own fault boy. You publicly hoped for the failure of Mr. Obama as OUR PRESIDENT and now you have failed in your attempt to be part owner of the Rams and you haven't even seen the tip of the iceburg. "Be not deceived;God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap (Galatians 6:7).

Posted by: rmilton | October 14, 2009 11:45 PM

********Well Sheile Jesse Jackson Lee put it over the top today.I've watch network football since 1961. Never again.If I wanted to see drug users, wife beaters, drug traffickers,adulters,child abusers,I would watch cops.
I'll watch nascar where they do police there sport and do assign penalties. The drivers and pit crews risk there life every race.

Posted by: truthseeker31 | October 14, 2009 11:54 PM

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 12:33 AM

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