October 14th, 2009
08:36 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Limbaugh's NFL Dream Sacked

Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

Rush Limbaugh's effort to buy a stake in the Saint Louis Rams is over. The controversial radio talk show host was supposed to be a limited partner in a group that wanted to buy the NFL team. Though, the head of that group now says Limbaugh will have no part in the bid.

"It has become clear that his involvement in our group has become a complication and a distraction to our intentions; endangering our bid to keep the team in Saint Louis, " the head of the group Dave Checketts said in a statement tonight.

As we mentioned earlier this week on 360°, Limbaugh's involvement had run into opposition within the NFL due to his past remarks about African-Americans in general and some black NFL players.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell expressed doubts yesterday when he said Limbaugh's "divisive comments are not what the NFL is all about." Also Tuesday, Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay said he would vote against a bid that involved Limbaugh. Keep in mind: any bid needs three-quarters of existing owners to agree.

What do you think of the Limbaugh dismissal? Sound off below.

Tonight on 360°, former ESPN anchor Stephen A. Smith weighs in on the move – along with the Rev. Al Sharpton who called on the NFL to block a Limbaugh bid.

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soundoff (135 Responses)
  1. Juliann Harvey

    Rush is responsible for Rush.
    He holds others to accountibility.
    Now he is being held accountible.
    What a wonderful country this would be if Rush used his opinion to unite instead of divide this country.

    October 14, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  2. Pedro

    Rush drives me crazy, but the last time I checked this is a free market capitalist society. He has every right to own an NFL team as any other blowhard.

    October 14, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  3. sylvia flores

    Good! keep this crazy person out of the NFL ownership, I can't wait until somebody keeps him off the airwaves one day. This is what our country needs.

    October 14, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  4. Mike

    Sport is all about outsized personalities and on field talent. Football will be lessened by imposing restrictions on individuals who pursue and support the game. If there is room in the league for a Mike Vick, a Jerry Jones and an Al Davis I'm not so sure there is anything wrong with Rush.

    October 14, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  5. Monica

    McGraw is so far off base about Rush L – Rush is experiencing repercussion of his ill thoughts and words.

    October 14, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  6. deborah c stanton

    Rush got just what he deserved. His own big mouth and his negative talk, and polarization of issues got him just what he had coming. Now he wants to pay the victim, so sorry, Rush get a real life. I love to see that you got just what you had coming. So bad, so sad.

    October 14, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  7. Chris

    This was all simply another Limbaugh ploy for free press. He was once again fading into the background and needed something to get back into the spotlight. And yes, he has gotten it.

    October 14, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  8. Mark

    I am relieved. The Rams are my favorite team. Knowing that the team's success could benefit Rush if he was an owner would ruin my Sundays forever.

    October 14, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  9. Erin

    Thank God that people spoke up like they did. Thank you NFL players and everybody else that voiced their concerns. This man should not be able to even think about owning a team. What players would play for him. Thank you all for voicing your opinion.

    October 14, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  10. Jack Roberts

    I agree with something Rush says, BUT he is a political HAZARD to any party if given this much influence, He hurts and brings down those around of whom he talks out side the immediate Republican circles, in this manor he should be gaged, to save what is left of the GOP, sad to say after Bush-league moron, I know no name calling, but it is true, I guess it is not really name calling after all, GOP needs a entire set of new people sad to say, where will we find them in this jadded era of politics? Regards JR

    October 14, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  11. Robin Croswhite

    To even say that Rush is mainstream is an insult to me and most intelligent people I know. He should be banned from ownership, the players have spoken.

    October 14, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  12. Tee

    I'm glad he was dropped. I think it would have been a distraction and I'm not sure the players would have appreciated him owning the team. The NFL has every right to pick and choose its owners.

    October 14, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  13. Jeff

    Too bad. Rush would use his football knowledge and business acumen to turn the Rams back into a powerful franchise. If I remember correctly, didn't Jim Irsay move his team in the middle of the night?

    October 14, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  14. Larryboy

    Rush should not be able to own anything! He should also be taxed at 100% of his earnings. He is a racist, because I am told to think he is racist. Rush says that he is not racist, but don't believe him. He even says that Justice Clarence Thomas is a close friend. Justice Thomas is black. but that doesn't count. You see, this is just a stupid issue in America today. Anyone should be able to own anything they can afford, as long as it is legal. We were a free country. If you do not like a certain person, you are free to hate that person, not support them, or cheer for the opposing teams. Perhaps this has all changed, and I am not staying informed of all the "positive" changes occurring in America?

    October 14, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  15. dean smith

    one for mcnabb!!! as a fellow republican i for one am ashamed of his comments and his pretentious demanor on the airwaves. its joker s like him that made it hard for president bush and to keep the message of our party clear and defined. he has no plac ein the atheltic ring,rish is a anti-thesis to every athlete and principle in professional sports,

    October 14, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  16. lisa fleming

    I'm 32 years old, and I've been listening to Rush since I was 11 years old. I think he is a great leader. Check out some of his comments on You Tube. In my opinion the word race was applied to humans to keep us competetive and endure. Unfortuntanly, we have failed if we keep calling people racist without seeing dichotomy. He taught a 12 year old black girl that word when the Detroit Public Schools didn't teach us to think on that level.

    October 14, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  17. Florio

    Making up false quotes and stories is what R.L. does best. Now, maybe he's getting a taste of his own poison.

    October 14, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  18. Don Meskie

    I would like to see Rush not only own an NFL team, but play for them, also. This tough guy with the tough mouth could probably achieve wonders on the field.

    I think it would do him a world of good, and I would certainly look forward to watching it in super slow-mo.

    October 14, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  19. woodwoman

    Finally, something Limbaugh can't bully his way into. Being dropped from the group making the bid must have hurt. Couldn't happen to a nicer guy!

    October 14, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  20. Henry Kohl

    Rush has no place in sports. The man is a terrible role model and spreads nothing but anti-anything that isn't 100% "Right/Rush". His recent tactics and comments on air about Blacks, The current Administration and the Economy have clearly clarified what kind of person he is. I agree iwth Joanne above. Thank goodness he has no influence in this sector of American life.

    October 14, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  21. Lou

    Rush Limbaugh is an American citizen and is entitled to own anything he can afford and is legal.

    These people especially Sharpton are disgusting and oportunists. When they stop promoting racism it will go away. They have ruined a whole generation and then some of black youth by teaching them to hate with their rhetoric.

    October 14, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  22. deborah green

    How important that a few people stood up against this so-called person, this cruel, mean-spirited, nasty, vitriolic, vile, ignorant, chauvinistic, jerk named Rush Limbaugh. Maybe, just maybe, his venom will carry a little less poison. I hope he was embarrassed.

    October 14, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  23. Joann Long Island NY

    Scary. What power we have given the the Reverand Al Sharpton.

    October 14, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  24. Linda Ferris, Columbia, MO

    Sometimes even money doesn't talk! And, I wish he didn't.

    October 14, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  25. jon

    There is a reason we elected a Democratic President, who happens to be black. Limbaugh, along with all his Republican cronies should wake up and know that Americans & the NFL will no longer tolerate their hatred filled decisive words. We live in a wonderful America. "Ready for some football"....

    October 14, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  26. Christina Schumann

    I don't think a person's politics should preclude them from any business endeavor they choose to pursue. If a person has a problem with the politics of a business owner, they retain the right to boycott that product or service. Let the man buy the team; if you don't like it, root for someone else.

    October 14, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  27. Tom Sweeney

    Good to see this low life put where he belongs. His entire life is dedicated toward turning people against each other as he enriches himself on the discord that he sows.

    October 14, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  28. Jo Ann

    Yes! Yes! Rush Limbaugh should NOT be an owner of ANY sports team!

    October 14, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  29. Matthew

    Rush Limbaugh is obnoxious, there's no question about that. However, to exclude him from a private business transaction because of his personal political beliefs smacks of elitist, holier-than-thou behavior on the part of the other NFL owners. Their only contribution to society is that they are mega-rich, yet they feel that they are qualified and, indeed, entitled to pass judgment on other private citizens. Most of the mega-rich like NFL owners are only interested in one thing – more money. Isn't Limbaugh's money the same as everyone else's?

    October 14, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  30. Jables Righteous

    Limbaugh has stated out in the open that "quotes" attributed to him are outright fabrications and were never sourced by the so-called journalists who have gone on to report them recently.

    If that's true, then it's hard for anyone of any ethical substance to not side with Limbaugh. I mean, if they have to LIE about what he has or hasn't said in order to come up with the reasons to oppose him, that means their position is intellectually bankrupt (in addition to their journalistic integrity).

    Some have raised Limbaugh's drug use as a disqualifier. Gee, there aren't enough drug offenders in the NFL, making millions of dollars a year, to disprove any notion that that's really a concern in the league? And that's to say nothing of degenerate VERMIN like Michael Vick!

    October 14, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  31. bill

    You get what you asked for in life,He is a raciest thug and now is treated like one.

    October 14, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  32. Keelin

    Kudos to the Rams players for being publicly classy about all of this, and kudos for keeping politics out of sports.

    I have heard many people say it is Limbaugh's right to make an investment, and I agree. However, I also agree that it is the Ram's choice to pick the best bidder and "shop around." I am glad they are choosing dignity and respect over whatever money and star power there may be.

    October 14, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  33. John Barnes

    Rush brought this controversy on himself. I suspect that he is pleased about the new "free" publicity, which will attract a few more sad know-nothings to his side.

    October 14, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  34. lasvegasrose

    Re: Rush
    Finally, against all the odds, someone stands up to the old saying, "everyone has their price." WOOHOO (not this time for the man with the gold making the rules)

    October 14, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  35. Sylvain

    Limbaugh is finally getting some of his own medicine. He has been verbally offensive against certain segments of society in the past, now some of these folks have spoken.

    Well done America!

    October 14, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  36. Sonia

    Hooray!!!!!!! The NFL made the right decision in regards to Limbaugh, his divisive rhetoric has no place in the NFL.
    For the most part, people of different race and ethnic group make an attempt to get along with others. Only a small minority think and feel like Rush Limbaugh. Hopefully his kind will be disappearing as we continue to evolve.

    October 14, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  37. Dave, Chicago, IL

    Joanne is an Idiot. To ban someone from buying something because of what they think is a violation of freedom of speech rights. This is a typical liberal approach. According to them you are allowed to think freely, as long as it is the way they think.

    October 14, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  38. Shane - Michigan

    The NFL is worried about its image, NFL teams have convicted felons for dog fighting and countless other felons playing the game, however a white man whom has a constitutional right to speak what is on his mind cannot own a team in the NFL. This I do not understand.

    October 14, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  39. Mike Vaughan

    Good. Rush might be finally reaping what he sows.

    October 14, 2009 at 10:03 pm |
  40. Josh

    It's up to the buyers and sellers what they do with the Rams. I don't think he should be banned from buying something, but I DO think that it's nice that this uneducated firestarter finally had to face some kind of consequence for his bigoted hate.

    To clarify: I think he should be able to say whatever he wants. I also feel that private citizens should be able to express *their* free speech and boycott him based upon *his* free speech.

    October 14, 2009 at 10:03 pm |
  41. SHL NH

    Racism has no place in the NFL.

    October 14, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  42. Bisi06

    I'm glad somebody's standing up to him despite his money and high ratings. Influence does not make someone a good person. Especially when his influence is all about division, anger, and hate. He should have nothing to do with an organization based on the nurturing of Teams and Teamwork.

    October 14, 2009 at 10:01 pm |
  43. Malia

    Bye Bye Bye, Rush! Dave Checketts made the right choice.

    October 14, 2009 at 10:01 pm |
  44. Pancake

    would this be a huge deal if Al Sharpton wanted to buy the rams?? this kind of stuff just isnt fair. if someone wants spend his money on something, its his right to do so.

    October 14, 2009 at 10:01 pm |
  45. Olu

    It's pretty simple, sports and politics shouldn't mix. Everyone knows Rush won't change his polarizing nature, so this is no surprise.

    October 14, 2009 at 10:01 pm |
  46. Annie Kate

    Glad the NFL sent Rush packing- more places need to do that. When you routinely sow seeds of hate you should not be able to reap anything but rocks. Looking forward to seeing this and seeing Jaycee and her girls tonight.

    October 14, 2009 at 10:00 pm |
  47. San Jose Computer

    I rather doubt that the Rush Man had any real intention in going in on a limited partnership.

    Just another of Rush's publicity stunts.

    He'll do anything for ratings.

    October 14, 2009 at 9:59 pm |
  48. Mike (VA)

    It is amazing that the NFL doesn't want him because of his outrageous views, but the Republican Party leadership doesn't say a word.

    October 14, 2009 at 9:59 pm |
  49. Skeptic

    NFL to Limbaugh: We don't want your stinking money.

    October 14, 2009 at 9:58 pm |
  50. Chris Fleischman

    Limbaugh has no place in professional football. Letting him own a team would legitimize his brand of hate-speech that is antithetical to the message of the NFL: Skills, not race, are celebrated here.

    October 14, 2009 at 9:57 pm |
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