The Rev. Al Sharpton is taking on Rush Limbaugh. Sharpton wants the NFL to block the conservative talk radio host's potential bid to buy the NFL's St. Louis Rams. Sharpton sent a letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.
"Rush Limbaugh [has] been divisive and anti-NFL on several occasions with comments about NFL Players including Michael Vick and Donovan McNabb and his recent statement that the NFL was beginning to look like a fight between the Crips and the Bloods without the weapons, was disturbing," Sharpton wrote in the letter.
Do you agree? Should Limbaugh be stopped from making a bid for the Rams? Share your thoughts below.
Tonight on 360°, we're digging deeper on this controversy. Anderson will talk with Rev. Sharpton and former NFL star "Mercury" Morris.
Here's some background: Limbaugh is teaming up with a partner in an attempt to get a 60 percent stake in the Rams. But his comments about Vick and McNabb could come back to haunt him. For example, back in 2003, Limbaugh resigned as a commentator on ESPN's Sunday NFL Countdown pregame show after this comment:
"I think what we've had here is a little social concern in the NFL. The media has been very desirous that a black quarterback do well," Limbaugh said. "There is a little hope invested in McNabb, and he got a lot of credit for the performance of this team that he didn't deserve. The defense carried this team."
Limbaugh has been called everything over the years from a racist to God. On NBC's "Today Show" this morning, Limbaugh said his critics are wrong. He says he's not a racist. Limbaugh also told NBC his 2003 comment about McNabb was actually a comment about "Social consciousness in the media" and not critical of the Eagles QB because he is black. "The leaugue (NFL) wants black quaterbacks to do well," Limbaugh told NBC.
You may be wondering: Why would Limbaugh be interested in owning part of the Rams? Perhaps he wants to transform the team into champions. After all, the Rams are 0-5, after losing to the Vikings 28-10 yesterday. Ouch! But more likely it is because Limbaugh wants to support his "home team." He is a Missouri native and a huge sports fan. (I know he now lives in Palm Beach, Florida - but it seems Limbaugh isn't forgetting his roots).
Rams players are trying to distance themselves from the controversy. "I'm paying attention, but I'm not even touching that one," running back Steven Jackson told the Associated Press. "Because if I start touching it I might go somewhere I don't want to go."
But Donovan McNabb is speaking out. He told the AP, "If he's (Limbaugh's) rewarded to buy them (the Rams), congratulations to him. But I won't be in St. Louis any time soon."
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Rush is entitled to his opinions and free speech. He is not entitled to the affection and support of black NFL players and black football fans he has alienated with his remarks over the years.
No self-respecting black athlete will want Limbaugh for a boss. It is my greatest wish that Limbaugh gets an NFL team and then ends up with a team of all white players to remind America of what he is.
Thank you, Anderson, on your "fair and balanced" report on Rush
attempting to buy the Rams. I've listened to Rush for years and he is
not racist. Most have missed the point he made about McNab. It was
about sports reporters, not the quarterback. Rush should be free to
buy a NFL team and players should be free to play for him or not. The
vast majority play for money, not for an ideology. Thanks for a good report.
Rush knows and socializes with many owners in the NFL. And if you don't think they agree with his opinions and philosphy you're deluding yourself.
I've been a Rams fan for 40 years–through thick and alot of thin! If Rush Limbaugh buys part of the team I'll quit watching NFL all together.
I don't think it would be in the Rams' best interest to have Rush as one of it's owners. The mere thought of that happening makes me ill...and I'm not even a Ram's fan. His style and personality may be good for radio, but I think he would generate a dark cloud over the sport of football, or anything else that he might be associated with.
Many of you are missing the point. This is not about Al Sharpton. The NFL's Players' Association spoke out against Limbaugh buying the Rams. This is not about race anymore. Many of the players will not play for Limbaugh. And while this is America, it doesn't matter how much money you have,everybody cannot be bought. Watch key players, NFL moneymakers, and fan attractors align against Limbaugh and I bet the NFL will tell Rush to beat it. This is purely comical.
I have been a rams fans 4 over 30yrs the day he owns the rams is the day I stop beening a rams fan
To whom much is given, much is required. Rush Does not care what is required of him.