October 27, 2009

The Nation’s Third Oldest College Newspaper

Volume 80, Issue 5

Rush Limbaugh causes controversy in the NFL

Rush Limbaugh causes controversy in the NFL

Rush Limbaugh causes controversy in the NFL

Conservative talk-show radio host Rush Limbaugh is once again stirring the pot of controversy. He announced that he, in partnership with St. Louis Blues owner David Checketts, will make a bid for ownership of the St. Louis Rams, who haven't won a game since October of 2008. But due to distasteful comments concerning NFL players in the past and a track record of questionable behavior, Checketts has decided to drop Limbaugh from his group of bidders as a potential part-owner.

It's great news, NU Junior Sonny Roto said of Limbaugh's rejection. The man is unstable at best and there's no telling what he could do to the NFL's image. He had his chance when he was on ESPN.

Roto is referring to Limbaugh's brief run as an NFL analyst for ESPN in 2003. He was forced to resign from his job after he made controversial remarks about Donovan McNabb, saying that he has been overrated by the media because they want to see a black quarterback succeed. This comment cost him his job, as well as the respect of many people both inside and outside of the NFL.

This was not the last callous remark he would make about the NFL and its players though. A transcript on his Web site from a show in January 2007 also quoted him as saying The NFL all too often looks like a game between the Bloods and Crips without any weapons. There, I said it.

These comments appear to be the reason he was blocked from ownership.

The NFL has worked hard in recent history to dispel perceptions of racial bias as a league whose players are predominately black and owners are white. Commissioner Roger Goodell has repeatedly expressed his aspirations to maintain the NFL's integrity as a respectable league and business since he was hired in 2006.

In a statement following the news of Checketts dropping Limbaugh, Goodell said: I've said many times before, we're all held to a high standard here. I would not want to see those comments coming from people who are in a responsible position in the NFL “ absolutely not.

With Limbaugh out of the picture, there is now a void in the group of bidders vying for the Ram's club. There is some speculation that Marshall Faulk, the former Rams running back who was a leader on their Super Bowl-winning team in 2000, will join Checketts and others in the proposal. Announcements are expected to be made in the coming weeks of the progress concerning the team's sale.

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