Sunday, October 11, 2009

NFL tells Rush Limbaugh, Thanks but No Thanks!

This is quite possibly the very last news story I would ever write a post about.

Confession: I don't really watch the NFL like that. I watch it occasionally but I don't get up every week and put on my team jersey in front of my HDTV flat screen like many of my closest friends to watch the games. I love sports but basketball is more my thing. That said, any time somebody publicly criticizes Rush Limbaugh, who isn't Keith Olbermann, I take notice.

Perhaps you have already heard that recently Rush Limbaugh, made a bid to become an
owner of the St. Louis Rams.

And maybe, you've also heard that a number of NFL players have come out
publicly saying that they would never play for a team owned by Rush, because you know, he has a reputation for being somewhat of a racist.

Fair enough.

But yesterday, it got even more interesting when the NFL Players executive director DeMaurice Smith in an
email to the union's executive committee, detailed his opposition to Rush owning any part of an NFL team:

"I've spoken to the Commissioner [Roger Goodell] and I understand that this ownership consideration is in the early stages. But sport in America is at its best when it unifies, gives all of us reason to cheer, and when it transcends. Our sport does exactly that when it overcomes division and rejects discrimination and hatred."

Oh snap.

He went on to encourage more NFL players to speak publicly if they aren't feeling the idea having Rush as a boss:

"This communication is more about what we stand for than the reality of our role in any franchise sale. While it's true the subject matter was related [to Limbaugh's bid], I do understand that the NFL does not present ownership bids to me or the NFLPA. I encourage our players to express their views."--DeMaurice Smith

So what do you think? Is the NFL players union correct in expressing their opposition publicly? Will the NFL consider
who Rush Limbaugh is in deciding whether to give him the bid?

I am very curious to see how this all pans out...

I'll leave you with one of Rush's greatest hits:

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