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NFLPA's Smith opposes Limbaugh

Opposition to Rush Limbaugh’s ownership candidacy is becoming more concrete than merely players expressing dismay.

ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reports that DeMaurice Smith, Executive Director of the NFLPA, said in an e-mail that, “‘[Sport] in America is at its best when it unifies, gives all of us reason to cheer, and when it transcends.  Our sport does exactly that when it overcomes division and rejects discrimination and hatred.”

Smith also said he encourages players to find their voices and express opinions.

“I have asked our players to embrace their roles not only in the game of football but also as players and partners in the business of the NFL,” said Smith via e-mail.  “They risk everything to play this game, they understand that risk and they live with that risk and its consequences for the rest of their life.  We also know that there is an ugly part of history and we will not risk going backwards, giving up, giving in or lying down to it.

“Our men are strong and proud sons, fathers, spouses and I am proud when they stand up, understand this is their profession and speak with candor and blunt honesty about how they feel.”

Freedom to express a viewpoint is a beautiful thing.  Hopefully, that freedom also extends to those with opinions that don’t simply align with the ones Smith and the anti-Limbaugh players were so quick to lodge.

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16 Responses to “NFLPA's Smith opposes Limbaugh”
  1. VoxVerítas says: Oct 11, 2009 1:39 PM

    No problem Rush. If the NFL doesn’t want you, I hear the KKK is looking for a buyer, and they already have their own uniforms!

  2. 70's Cowboys says: Oct 11, 2009 1:42 PM

    He’s kinda right…Limbaugh is too divisive of a figure. Look at the top commented article. It’s Kiwanuka saying he wouldn’t play for Limbaugh. Limbaugh’s viewpoints aside (which I disagree with), he’s just too much of a polarizing figure in politics. Sports is a way to escape politics and the only stupidity comes from people like Jerry Jones, Al Davis, and Michael Crabtree. Not Nancy Pelosi and Rush Limbaugh.

  3. Somnambulus says: Oct 11, 2009 1:44 PM

    Limbaugh can credit James Earl Ray as an American hero, deserving of the Medal of Honor for assassinating M.L. King–he is free to say that, sure. But the right to say something doesn’t make anything one says right.
    We should not confuse the “right to speech” as equivalent to any speech being right–to be defined as proper or appropriate in this context.

    http://newsone.com/obama/top-10-racist-limbaugh-quotes/

  4. Gordon-Geico-Gekko says: Oct 11, 2009 1:59 PM

    I wonder what all the rabid Limbaugh “supporters” would say if Louis Farrakhan announced that he wanted to buy a team.
    / cue the “different tune”

  5. snickets says: Oct 11, 2009 2:07 PM

    Ofcourse Smith opposes Limbaugh!!! Smith has close ties with Obama…

  6. VoxVeritas says: Oct 11, 2009 2:14 PM

    “We should not confuse the “right to speech” as equivalent to any speech being right–to be defined as proper or appropriate in this context.”
    You should take your own advice. At least 75% of PFT is dumb enough to believe that Limbaugh actually said that because they saw you allude to it as if he had actually said it.
    He didn’t.
    http://newsbusters.org/blogs/d-s-hube/2009/06/04/maddow-slimes-limbaugh-phony-quote
    Please remove the ring from your nose so that the liberal smear machine can’t pull your chain any longer.

  7. nyJag says: Oct 11, 2009 2:20 PM

    History sure is a pain in the ass when you learn it
    the KKK were southern Democrats. Southerners know this.
    George Wallace who blocked four black students from entering the University of Alabama was a Democrat
    James Earl Ray was a Democrat
    MLK was a Republican
    Shall we continue…

  8. I Am Spartacus says: Oct 11, 2009 2:22 PM

    Perfectly consistent with the Liberal ideology of “Do as I say, not as I do.” Smith is going to combat intolerance and divisiveness by being intolerant and divisive.
    BRILLIANT!

  9. Luca Brasi says: Oct 11, 2009 2:24 PM

    Very unfortunate the players have elected themselves another petty race hustler that views people as groups rather than individuals that do not recognize skin color as MLK championed.
    Limbaugh is hardly a racist (his wedding ceremony was performed by Clarence Thomas as they are close friends). However, he does object to black leadership promising opportunities for their “community” going on generations now, only to fail them miserably. And maybe intentionally (see Shelby Steele).
    Perhaps those leaders understand that when they allow people the opportunity to become self-sufficient and overcome dated grievances that serve as crutches, their constituency tends to leave the plantation realizing they do not require help from government to make their lives better. Consequently, said race hustler loses election.
    In the least, Limbaugh stands for the proposition that all men should be equal and be permitted to do as well as their talent and motivations will take them. Rather than meeting his ideas with ideas of their own, race baiters are void of measures to help their people except more of the same, and instead attack Limbaugh personally.
    But do not fear. Obama is well on his way of doing for the entire country what liberalism has done for: Detroit, Philadelphia, Chicago, New Jersey and New Orleans. Hang in there.
    And if you disagree with me, then you are a racist.

  10. Pack4GOP says: Oct 11, 2009 2:30 PM

    Doesn’t he have the right to buy a team if he chooses? Isn’t that the America we know and love? Oh wait…….the the “anointed one” is here and his followers are listening, speaking, and being brainwashed…..quiet the voice in which you disagree with.
    How many of these people who are speaking out against Rush has ever actually listened to him? The left hates him and will do and say anything to bring him down. Rush is not a racist. Far from it. The ignorant need to wake up.
    What an obamanation!!

  11. DcNinerFan says: Oct 11, 2009 2:34 PM

    I’m sure Smith would be overjoyed to have Rev. Wright, or AL Sharpton, or any of the other hate mongering “Black Leaders” co-owning the team instead. I love the double standards the media and the “Black Leaders” have. They can spew all the hateful racist rhetoric in the world and they are looked upon as heroes. What a truly buggered up country this is.

  12. Snowman2008 says: Oct 11, 2009 2:37 PM

    Sell Limbaugh a team in Alabama where he can field a team made up of only white racist players. When the Alabama Limbaughs lose every game he can say on the radio that his team is really good. That the Liberal media is falsely reporting their losses.
    Then he can ask Obama for a bailout like all the other Republican owned businesses did so he can build a bigger stadium to seat more white racists.

  13. Whizz Bang says: Oct 11, 2009 2:38 PM

    As anybody else in America is, Limbaugh is free to say and do anything he wants. But those that don’t appreciate him are free to say so as well. And not only can they say they don’t appreciate him, they can also refuse to solicit his advertisers, purchase his products, or work for him.
    I say that Limbaugh is both an overstuffed idiot and over-medicated. Speaking of which, should he work in an area where there is the possibility of prescription drug abuse? Him owning the Rams and potentially being around prescription painkillers would be kind of like an alcoholic owning a bar, wouldn’t it?

  14. VoxVeritas says: Oct 11, 2009 2:50 PM

    “Then he can ask Obama for a bailout like all the other Republican owned businesses did”
    What “Republican owned” businesses are those?

  15. nyJag says: Oct 11, 2009 2:55 PM

    @ Whizz
    “Him owning the Rams and potentially being around prescription painkillers would be kind of like an alcoholic owning a bar, wouldn’t it?”
    —-
    If I’m not mistaken Jared Allen is an admitted alcoholic and owns a bar. Guess we should throw him out of the league and go and ahead call him a racist while we’re at it, eh?

  16. Snowman2008 says: Oct 11, 2009 2:55 PM

    Vox, what are you doing here? Shouldn’t you be watching your Voxboys play the Chiefs? Oh, that’s right. The Voxboys aren’t actually playing football today.

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