Monday, October 12, 2009

Ownership Decided Based on Ideology?

Rush Limbaugh wants to buy into the group that owns the St. Louis Rams (that's a football team, for those of you in Rio Linda).

Al Sharpton and DeMaurice Smith, the NFL Players Association executive director, have sent letters to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to complain. Smith is going even further by asking NFL players to speak out. Sharpton said Limbaugh has been divisive and "anti-NFL" in some of his comments.

As someone who has listened to Limbaugh in the past, I can tell you he is not anti-NFL. He loves football. However, in 2003, Limbaugh worked briefly on ESPN’s NFL pregame show. He resigned after saying Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb was overrated because the media wanted to see a black quarterback succeed.

I don't see that being a racist statement. He was talking about the media, not about McNabb. It might have been racist if he had said McNabb was a good quarterback for a black man.

Limbaugh would be a limited partner — not the controlling partner or lead investor — in an ownership group that includes St. Louis Blues owner Dave Checketts.

You can find the original articles here and here.

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