Rush Limbaugh, who only needed a few hours to call the president’s Nobel Peace Prize win a “greater embarrassment” than losing the Olympics, is looking to secure a new title of his own: Owner of the St. Louis Rams. Only problem? The league’s black players want nothing to do with the guy. We don’t blame ‘em.
The radio host, who earns many millions every year by trafficking in racism, homophobia, and sexism, is scoping out a possible purchase of the Rams, teaming up with former Knicks president and Madison Square Garden CEO Dave Checketts and a few others. And if he succeeds? He can kiss his expect plenty of backlash from players of color (and, we expect, their white teammates).
That’s courtesy Limbaugh’s many anti-black comments, including the one that got him axed from ESPN in 2003, when he said the media were “very desirous that a black quarterback do well,” indirectly namechecking Philadelphia’s Donovan McNabb.
[Black Jets player Bart] Scott [pictured] says players remember what Limbaugh said, and adds that the NFL would be wise not to allow the nationally syndicated host into the league. “It’s an oxymoron that he criticized Donovan McNabb,” Scott said. “A lot of us took it as more of a racial-type thing. I can only imagine how his players would feel. I know I wouldn’t want to play for him. He’s a jerk. He’s an —. What he said (about McNabb) was inappropriate and insensitive, totally off-base. He could offer me whatever he wanted, I wouldn’t play for him. … I wouldn’t play for Rush Limbaugh. My principles are greater and I can’t be bought.”
But if the NFL doesn’t want him, we know one sports outlet that would love to have him on board.