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Note to NFL owners: Stuff the Rush
October 13, 2009 - Per Peterson
For some strange reason, a hero of conservatives and a villain to everyone else, landed a job with ESPN to do color commentary for its Sunday night games six years ago. It didn’t take him long to open his big mouth in a bad way when he said of Philly quarterback Donovan McNabb, ‘‘I think what we’ve had here is a little social concern in the NFL. The media has been very desirous that a black quarterback do well.’’ He was then forced to resign. Translation: He was canned. Limbaugh also said, according to transcripts posted on his Web site: ‘‘The NFL all too often looks like a game between the Bloods and the Crips without any weapons. There, I said it.’’ Now, six years later, he’s making a bid to buy the St. Louis Rams. It’s a pretty scary thought, but thankfully, the NFL is filled with owners who are smart and who have common sense and who want nothing to do with Limbaugh. Colts owner Jim Irsay has vowed to vote against him. I hope he’s the first in a long line of owners to do the same. ALso, commissioner Roger Goodell said Limbaugh’s “divisive” comments would not be tolerated from any NFL insider. That’s good, too, because there’s no way Limbaugh will be able to keep his foot out of his mouth long enough to even get to know his potential new team. Prominent blacks have lined up against Limbaugh, too, including the Revs. Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, and NFL Players Association head DeMaurice Smith, who also is black, urged players to speak out against Limbaugh’s bid, and several have already said they would not play for his team. This is bigger than the NFL, but the league can send a statement to the nation that it won’t tolerate someone like Limbaugh owning one of its teams. There might be room for Limbaugh on the radio talk show circuit, but there’s no room for him owning a pro football team. The less power people like Limbaugh and Don Imus have the better.
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