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Rush Limbaugh blames the Left for Being Dropped in Bid for the Rams

Conservative radio host/comedian Rush Limbaugh has been dropped by an investment group making a bid to buy the St. Louis Rams according to ESPN.  Robert Irsay, the owner of the Indianapolis Colts, became the public face of several owners in stating that he wouldn’t lend his vote — one of 24 required to approve the deal — for the transaction to happen. 


NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said: “Divisive comments are not what the NFL is all about.” Goodell added: “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.”

And Rush Limbaugh says it’s about the Left:

“This is not about the NFL, it’s not about the St. Louis Rams, it’s not about me,” Limbaugh said. “This is about the ongoing effort by the left in this country, wherever you find them, in the media, the Democrat Party, or wherever, to destroy conservatism, to prevent the mainstreaming of anyone who is prominent as a conservative. Therefore, this is about the future of the United States of America and what kind of country we’re going to have.”

Nah…it couldn’t be about the well-documented racist comments made over the years.

Media Matters has documented at least 28 examples of Limbaugh’s racist remarks, including these gems:

Today’s Los Angeles Times questions why Limbaugh wants in to a business and a team that relies on corporate socialism to prop up small market teams and uses “revenue sharing” from broadcast contracts while being free from anti-trust laws? From the Times’ editorial:

“It’s odd that a business built around a quintessentially American game — teams of oversized men pounding each other senseless to promote the sale of cars, trucks and beer — would be run more like a socialist collective than a free market. But that’s how the major sports leagues function in this country, thanks to exemptions from antitrust laws. The share-the-wealth approach is particularly helpful to football teams in smaller markets, such as St. Louis. But the collaborative structure also means that anyone trying to buy or sell a team has to persuade owners of 24 of the league’s 32 teams to approve the deal. The notion of owners sitting in judgment on their would-be competitors is richly ironic, given that their predecessors included unabashed gamblers and felons.

We don’t like the idea of any business closing its doors to potential entrants based on the size of their mouth. We say that because we believe in free markets and free speech, although we also liked the thought of Limbaugh becoming so preoccupied with the woebegone Rams that he’d spend less time on-air. Still, we wonder why a rock-ribbed conservative would want to join a league with so little freedom and a team so dependent on income redistribution.”

But the comment that most made me think about why Limabugh wants to be an NFL owner appeared in the blog Scholars and Rogues.  

“Let’s set aside for a second the obvious troubling question about how a team with Rush at the helm would get new players, since presumably it would dodge the draft. And the also-obvious question of whether, given its stance against illegal drug use, the league would be forced to ban Limbaugh from his own facility. Instead, let’s ask a more basic question: why would a guy like Limbaugh want to own an NFL team, knowing all the hassle involved in the process?

I think I have it figured out. Because it’s the closest he can get, in this day and age, to actually being able to buy, sell and trade Negros.

There. I said it.”

And remember, during the presidential campaign, local conservatives would refer to Rush’s opinion on which candidate was the “true conservative.”


  1. stevefromsacto stevefromsacto October 15, 2009

    Most interesting part of Rushbo’s whiney rant about getting turned down for membership in the NFL’s old boy network is his claim that the Left “doesn’t want conservatives in the mainstream.” That’s funny, we’ve been hearing from him for the past eight years or more how conservatives ARE the mainstream. Finally, the truth comes out.

  2. jose s. jose s. October 16, 2009

    cheminowski you are right on the money thats exactly why he wanted to buy into a team.

  3. JustAGuyInFullerton JustAGuyInFullerton October 16, 2009

    You list quotes attributed to Rush as “racist”?? Since when is it “racist” to point out that someone else is a “racist”?

    By that account, you are now “racist” for calling Rush “racist”. I guess I am too now, since I just called you “racist”.

    If Rush is a “racist” for discussing racial issues, and pointing out realities (or possible realities), how is Sonja Sotomayor not a racist for her comments? She is now a Supreme Court Justice…MUCH more important and relevant than a minority NFL owner, wouldn’t you say?

    Or does it boil down to “it’s okay if a liberal says it, but not if a conservative says it”. HMmm…

    • Dan Chmielewski Dan Chmielewski Post author | October 16, 2009

      Is it racist for me to point out Rush once told a female African-American to “pull that bone out of your nose….”

      Is it racist to refer to the President as a “Halfrican?”

      Nope — just reporting on things Rush has said. Enjoy your recordings of “Barrack the Magic Negro.”

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