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Goodell on Rush: "Divisive comments are not what NFL's about"

This afternoon in Boston, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell chipped in with a “fat friggin’ chance” (our words, not Goodell’s) when asked about Rush Limbaugh’s prospects of being part of an ownership group trying to purchase the St. Louis Rams.

Speaking in a press conference in a South Boston hotel, Goodell first referred to the purchase process saying it was still in the preliminary stages.

“At this point in time we’ll continue our process which is to allow the Rams to decide if they’re going to sell and who they’ll sell to,” Goodell said.  “And then at some point, the NFL will be engaged and we’ll [examine] whatever ownership group is put forth through our process [of vetting the group].”

Asked if he had any response to the surge in player opposition to Limbaugh’s potentially becoming an owner, Goodell said, “The comments that Rush made about Donovan [McNabb] I disagree with very strongly.  [They were] polarizing comments that we don’t think reflect accurately on the NFL or our players and I obviously do not believe that those comments are positive and are divisive.  I disagree with those comments very strongly and I’ve told the players that.”

Goodell was asked what his reaction would be if a present owner aired commentary like Limbaugh’s.  Would he then have an issue?  

“We’re all held to a high standard here and divisive comments are not what the NFL’s all about,” said Goodell.  “I would not want to see those kind of comments from people who are in a responsible position in the NFL, no.  Absolutely not.”

We’ll update shortly with the commissioner’s comments on Deion and “Hurricane” Tommy Cable.  

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  1. slipkid says: Oct 13, 2009 2:24 PM

    pee cee roger!

  2. homercles82 says: Oct 13, 2009 2:25 PM

    Of course he is against it. Rush challenged the NFL’s way of thinking, whether you think it is reacist or not, and they don’t like that.
    The NFL backs druggies, steroid abusers, wife beaters, rapists, murderers, animal abusers/torturers/murderers, physical violence, and irresponsible fathering practices all for the “good of the game”. They hush these stories as much as possible.
    Subjective view points on whether Rush’s statements were racists, they weren’t, should not keep him from owning a team, especially if he has the money and passion to do so.

  3. ballhawk1 says: Oct 13, 2009 2:26 PM

    Great call Commish…YET there is still the Rooney Rule who designates qualified coaches by race. But such is life…if we continue to protect certain apsects of our society while neglecting or creating an unfair playing field in the other direction this country will be more divided than any words these nitiwits could ever say!

  4. Ross'sSweetMinus says: Oct 13, 2009 2:27 PM

    Goodell should keep his pie hole shut. Who’s he to decide who buys and sells teams. Yes he is the commish, but he should have NO SAY WHEN IT COMES TO BUYING & SELLING TEAMS.

  5. tian says: Oct 13, 2009 2:28 PM

    In other words, Roger Goodell gave Rush Limbaugh his Victim Card and told him to push on.
    Up next tomorrow: Rush Limbaugh tells his audience that he is a victim of the NFL’s political correctness! Stay Tuned!

  6. downsouth49er says: Oct 13, 2009 2:30 PM

    I hope this means the big pill popping coward has no chance of owning any NFL team. What a waste of life, the quicker him and those who love and support him are gone the better the world will be.

  7. bearsrule says: Oct 13, 2009 2:31 PM

    What I don’t get is this…..how is Limbaugh offending all of these people, with stuff he never said ?

  8. TheDPR says: Oct 13, 2009 2:32 PM

    Only in America is it worse to SAY something wrong than to DO something wrong. This country is a complete mess.

  9. VoxVerítas says: Oct 13, 2009 2:33 PM

    # tian says: October 13, 2009 2:28 PM
    Up next tomorrow: Rush Limbaugh tells his audience that he is a victim of the NFL’s political correctness! Stay Tuned!”
    ..and the right-tards will slobber up every morsel.

  10. Rex Grossman says: Oct 13, 2009 2:33 PM

    More like Rush Limpballs.

  11. mnmaverick says: Oct 13, 2009 2:34 PM

    He needs to pop on here and admire the Daily Arrest Meter. Admire the crime suspects on the evening news. Admire the gangster rappers in Hip-Hopville and tell the public they are his children’s role models.
    Come out and say it, Roger, don’t be a coward now, that would just prove your patropnizing nature.

  12. bones56 says: Oct 13, 2009 2:35 PM

    glad to see the comish believes in freedom of speech.
    do ppl know the first admendment isn’t to protect speech that makes everyone happy but to protect someones right to have a different opinion.
    liberals it’s funny we call them that cause the group of “liberals” that are running shit now are taking more and more of our liberties everyday
    what every happened to “i don’t agree with what you say but i will fight to the death for your right to say it”

  13. homercles82 says: Oct 13, 2009 2:35 PM

    The Rooney Rule has created a volume of token black coaches who always will asked to interview knowing full well they will not be getting the job. Goodell has nothing to say about that I bet.
    Very fair rule it seems to me.

  14. Desides says: Oct 13, 2009 2:36 PM

    “Goodell said, ‘The comments that Rush made about Donovan [McNabb] I disagree with very strongly. [They were] polarizing comments that we don’t think reflect accurately on the NFL or our players and I obviously do not believe that those comments are positive and are divisive. I disagree with those comments very strongly and I’ve told the players that.'”
    Saying that the media has been very desirous that a black quarterback perform well is not a comment on the quarterback, it’s a comment about the media.

  15. BirdFlu says: Oct 13, 2009 2:37 PM

    Ross’sSweetMinus, it is a franchise. He absolutely has the right to say whether someone is allowed to buy in or not. It is the same as any franchises head office has the right to sell a store/location to a new owner or not.
    Rush made his mistakes because of his political views and agenda’s. This would be a bad idea for that simple matter in itself.
    Poor Rush, now he knows how it feels when people start smear campaigns against him much as he does the democratic party.
    Looks like the extra sugar coated, glazed donut is in the other hand now Rush. Or was that an Oxycontin bottle?

  16. red13 says: Oct 13, 2009 2:38 PM

    I don’t agree with a lot of what Rush stands for, but as a Rams fan I just want to say: Gee, thanks Roger, for trying to turn away someone with money who wants to keep my team in my town! Stay out of it!

  17. Black and Gold Brad says: Oct 13, 2009 2:39 PM

    “We’re all held to a high standard here” — Spit out my coffee all over the screen with that one. That’s a funny line, Roger…

  18. homercles82 says: Oct 13, 2009 2:40 PM

    TheDPR says:
    October 13, 2009 2:32 PM
    Only in America is it worse to SAY something wrong than to DO something wrong. This country is a complete mess.
    __________________________________
    Yep and too bad Rush didn’t actually say what that article about him stating he did. It is now known that the writer used a quote from wikipedia that is false and has since been removed.

  19. Cleveland Rocks says: Oct 13, 2009 2:40 PM

    Rush’s (McNabb) comments were about the media, not the NFL.

  20. Givenhmdabiz says: Oct 13, 2009 2:41 PM

    Just so I am right on this….Rush is in a “Group” that is interested in buying the Rams? I would love to see how big a piece of the team he is buying? This really is a silly idea to spend time on….IMHO. I mean…. what a complete overblown story!

  21. Annuvin says: Oct 13, 2009 2:43 PM

    “We’re all held to a high standard here and divisive comments are not what the NFL’s all about,” said Goodell.
    ——————————
    LOL! Since when does readmitting a drug smoking, dog killing, compulsive gambling ex-convict back into the league constitute upholding a “high standard”? What a joke.

  22. homercles82 says: Oct 13, 2009 2:43 PM

    VoxVerítas says:
    October 13, 2009 2:33 PM
    # tian says: October 13, 2009 2:28 PM
    Up next tomorrow: Rush Limbaugh tells his audience that he is a victim of the NFL’s political correctness! Stay Tuned!”
    ..and the right-tards will slobber up every morsel.
    _______________________________
    While the left-tards slobber it up and spin it into racism.

  23. birdmancometh says: Oct 13, 2009 2:44 PM

    His listeners are aparently just as loud and uninformed as the man himself.

  24. Bob Nelson says: Oct 13, 2009 2:48 PM

    Goodell really hasn’t looked into this and has exposed himself as uninformed and hiring an ignorant staff.
    Rush’s discussion of Donovan McNabb was about the media’s reaction to him and not about McNabb himself.
    Read Rush’s quote, Roger and then apologize to Rush.
    Goodell has spent his whole career in New York at the main office and has never worked for a team.
    The NFL engages in racist hiring practices under the Rooney rule where race is more important than qualifications.
    We have just witnessed players and coaches being forced to wear pinko clothing and uniforms as mandated by the league.
    Tackling and contact is being more and more prohibited. The NFL is falling into a left win abyss.
    WE have pink flag football going on and every call has to be reviewed by teams of lawyers and judges on all the nuances and judgements in the “rules”.
    No wonder I watched hockey last night instead of the NFL.
    The NFL is being destroyed by wimpy left wingers and they wonder why ratings and atendance is down.

  25. oorange blood says: Oct 13, 2009 2:48 PM

    Mike Florio has repeatedly called black people “turds,” a hideous racial slur.
    There’s no room for racists like him in or around the NFL!!!

  26. Chris Fiorentino says: Oct 13, 2009 2:55 PM

    Limbaugh was mocking the media, not McNabb. But of course, idiots like Florio, Goodell, don’t get it. Whatever. Stupid is as stupid does I guess. That’s what Forrest Gump said…and he’s a helluva lot smarter than Florio.

  27. jan van flac says: Oct 13, 2009 2:56 PM

    Is the NFL without hypocrisy? Of course not.
    But Rush is beyond the pale, he has made a career out of race-baiting whether or not he uttered those quotes attributed to him. Think about it…people are immediately willing to believe them precisely because those are his beliefs and everyone knows it.

  28. droppingloads says: Oct 13, 2009 2:56 PM

    Football is about head injuries, dementia, and extreme alcohol abuse, and lockouts. We cannot stand for some guy who gets paid to be outrageous being outrageous

  29. mnmaverick says: Oct 13, 2009 2:57 PM

    Kudos to Florio and the PFT crew for not censoring those who are not kissing tush on the subject. Those of us on the flip side of the issue are used to having our opinions censored out, because whether or not we are honest, we’re racist and insensitive in the eyes of the bleeding heart majority.
    I think people need to take more pride in being Americans. In addressing eachother by name rather than by race, religion, culture or the color of one’s skin. Drop all this political correctness when it comes to those subjects, and do your best to fit in with society rather than rebellling against it and striving to be different. That rebellious attitude against the majority is what created this whole mess tio begin with. If everyone does their best to be a good person respects authority and the laws of the land, shows respect for their peers, etc. This is all a dead issue.

  30. PhillyHouse says: Oct 13, 2009 2:59 PM

    “The Rooney Rule has created a volume of token black coaches who always will asked to interview knowing full well they will not be getting the job. Goodell has nothing to say about that I bet.
    Very fair rule it seems to me. ”
    ————————————————–
    Who are these “token” coaches? Is it Mike Tomlin? The coach whose team won the Super Bowl! Is it Mike Singletary? The coach whose 49ers team is much better than last year’s Mike Nolan squad. Is it Lovie Smith? Or Coach Caldwell in Indy?
    Please let me know who these so-called tokens are. Or maybe you’d like nothing but white coaches in the NFL. You probably are a fan of college football because they are close to your dream lily-white scenario.

  31. angrytoads says: Oct 13, 2009 3:00 PM

    @ homercles82
    being a minority (im Latino) I strongly disagree with Rush being involved with the NFL on any level not just ownership … BUT you do raise an interesting point in your post … its kinda hard to argue when you look at it that way …

  32. jan van flac says: Oct 13, 2009 3:02 PM

    Bob Nelson,
    what a tough guy you are. I’d like to see how long it would take you to land in the ICU in a “pinko, left wing” NFL training camp.
    Oh, and race is more important than qualifications? 2 out of the last 3 superbowls have been won by African American head coaches. Were Mike Tomlin and Tony Dungy unqualified minority hires?

  33. TheBigOldDog says: Oct 13, 2009 3:04 PM

    “We’re all held to a high standard here and divisive comments are not what the NFL’s all about,” said Goodell.
    Electrocuting, drowning dogs, killing human beings, refusing to cooperate with police in murder and shooting investigations, beating your spouse, attempting suicide, dividing the locker room and fans and running illegal gambling rings are another matter however.
    Goodell is another coward. Big surprise.

  34. Hovenaut says: Oct 13, 2009 3:06 PM

    C’mon, who doesn’t want to see Rush in the NFL? Rog, let him in, play nice.
    Bet Limbaugher will even bust out the Zubaz pants to cement his ‘sincerity’.

  35. Seeryer says: Oct 13, 2009 3:08 PM

    It is not just about his comments that have been labled racist. Limbaugh is divisive. Like it or not this country is split politically 51-49 and you can’t offend 51% of the country on a daily basis and not expect people to call you on it. The NFL is the most socialist business in the whole country. Why would Rush want to be involved with a league that embraces a “spread the wealth” business model? I don’t embrace his politics but this is not just baout his politics. This is about 20 years of vitriol directed at people who do not hold his partisan ideology. Limbaugh incenuated that the Clintons killed Vincent Foster. You can be partisan all you want but that type of comment can be discussed in an owners box but not over the air on national radio. You have a freedom of speech but not a freedom from consequnces of that speech. It is a shame Goodell doesn’t tell his wife that she needs to quit her job becasue of how divisive Fox News is and tries to be.

  36. VicksPuppies says: Oct 13, 2009 3:09 PM

    I guess second chances are only for those of a certain hue.

  37. Winston Wolfe says: Oct 13, 2009 3:09 PM

    Florio you do not have the GUTS to pick up the phone and call Rush and ask him of made those comments. If you ever get the Cojones to do so please let us know what Rush says. Until I am sure you will continue to print the slanderous lies and libel.

  38. SoupSandwich says: Oct 13, 2009 3:14 PM

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t Mr. Goodell married to Jane Skinner? You know, from Fox News? If this is the case and he doesn’t want a conservative guy buying a team, how’s that gonna sit with the little woman?

  39. Tetsuo says: Oct 13, 2009 3:16 PM

    Wow – Goodell is an idiot. Rush said McNabb is overrated. Racist? No. Rush said the defense carried the Eagles. Racist? No. Rush accused the media of being desirous of a black quarterback to do well – the implication here is that this is the source of his being overrated in the media. Racist? No – he accused the media of “reverse” racism.
    And that’s all he said. I’d like to know what Goodell thinks he said.
    Now, are any of those things correct? Who cares – the NFL is full of owners and analysts who are wrong all the freakin’ time.

  40. Compulsive Collector says: Oct 13, 2009 3:20 PM

    “Typical liberal fascist…”
    That’s an oxymoron (unlike its author, for whom the oxy can be omitted). It’s like saying, “typical conservative Marxist.” It’s the kind of comment that allows people to instantly recognize you as someone who should never be taken seriously.
    And this isn’t a matter of, freedom of speech or the First Amendment. That section of the Constitution protects citizens from government prosecution, not consequences in the business world. Anyone who believes the Bill Of Rights protects him from repercussions in professional life when he runs his mouth is in for a very rude awakening.

  41. ForrestGump says: Oct 13, 2009 3:24 PM

    # Bob Nelson says: October 13, 2009 2:48 PM
    [ rant snipped ]
    No wonder I watched hockey last night instead of the NFL.
    The NFL is being destroyed by wimpy left wingers and they wonder why ratings and atendance is down…”
    Good, can we consider this your last post here then?

  42. slizz says: Oct 13, 2009 3:24 PM

    funny that roger had no problems re-instating vick despite his heinous crimes.
    yet he has an issue with a strong right-winged opinion in rush. seems hypocritical.

  43. hamburglar says: Oct 13, 2009 3:25 PM

    I think the important thing to say here is that the streets would be safer after dark without drug addicts. Oh wait. Rush Limbaugh is one of those.

  44. slipkid says: Oct 13, 2009 3:30 PM

    51%-49%? libs assume they are always in the 51%, at that… osamabama couldnt win an election today. because his detractors are in the majority. if SNL is laying waste to him with ‘his own record’, then the jig is up, so to speak.
    here’s a thought… maybe the left WANTS a team in LA? and knocking out a possible part-buyer of the rams (who wants to keep them in st. loo) could make it happen?
    and the left didnt get cranked up over what rush said about THE MEDIA AND THEIR DESIRE TO SEE BLACK QBs SUCCEED immediately. it took a few days and then they sent the rest of the espin staff after him. he knocked the media, not mcnabb.
    they didnt do anything for mcnabb. they didnt react immediately. they concocted a strategy to get rid of someone they dont like. that’s all.
    the media acts like they are al davis, the only sane nfl owner, and everyone else is shanahan and kiffin.

  45. straverse says: Oct 13, 2009 3:33 PM

    Winston Wolfe- You’re comment isn’t any more relevant or right in reference to this article than it was to the other.

  46. jbwbubba says: Oct 13, 2009 3:41 PM

    yes, words hurt,
    Engage in a criminal enterprise and lie to his face about it and its all hugs and kisses. I guess Rush should have just killed some dogs.

  47. chapnasty says: Oct 13, 2009 3:51 PM

    @ downsouth49er
    You are a racist piece of crap.

  48. Deadguy says: Oct 13, 2009 3:54 PM

    Football should be about football. I don’t want to have to debate politics every time I watch an NFL game. Keep Rush out and let all his fans whine and complain.
    Funny how being a blowhard somehow makes you manly or tuff. Over compensators.

  49. meezle says: Oct 13, 2009 4:00 PM

    Enough with the rooney rule, it only says that they have to interview a minority not hire you morons. Often these interviews are just a “courtesy.”
    If it was mandatory they have to hire minority then you would have a point, but they don’t.
    Not divisive at all, look at your 2 of your last 3 superbowl winners.

  50. ragin40 says: Oct 13, 2009 4:02 PM

    Rush should be involved in those lesser sports such as hockey…or the made up sport….NASCAR

  51. goochy says: Oct 13, 2009 4:05 PM

    Why am I not surprised that you guys are backing up Rush Limbaugh? Most of the comment posts I see on this blog are ignorant beyond belief. Big shock that they’re coming from Republican blowhards.

  52. Roboto says: Oct 13, 2009 4:09 PM

    To the right-wing Limbaugh lover that talked about hiring “token black coaches” in the NFL.
    Do you mean like SUPER BOWL CHAMPION MIKE TOMLIN OF THE 6 TIME SUPER BOWL CHAMPION PITTSBURGH STEELERS?!!
    Go choke on it, dittohead! HA!

  53. bluestree says: Oct 13, 2009 4:14 PM

    I saw the interview which Limbaugh gave on the Today show and he said re; the McNabb thing that he had referenced the liberal media as wanting a black qb to suceed, and this has been repeated numerous times in these comments. But I remember watching that Sunday on ESPN and I recall him saying specifically ” The NFL wants a black quaterback to suceed” not as he now claims, “the liberal media”. He accused the league of putting political correctness above the integrity of the game, saying McNabb “just isn’t that good.” Has anyone got a link to the clip?

  54. Jerry says: Oct 13, 2009 4:15 PM

    Let’s see, caught at customs with prescription drugs(viagara) not in your name coming home from a country with sex vacations. He’s Clean.

  55. SF Saints Fan says: Oct 13, 2009 4:15 PM

    I think “Red13″ got it right. This was probably the last chance St. Louis had to keep the Rams in St. Louis. The Rams moved from Los Angeles to St. Louis because the owner wanted to move the team back to where her roots were (the St. Louis region) and out of LA. If Rush is not allowed or blocked from making a bid for the team, I suspect the next owner of the Rams will have very little interest in keeping the Rams in St. Louis.
    For all of you saying “good riddance” as if this is a done deal and Rush has no chance to be a part owner of a team dream on. Money talks in the NFL and I suspect that if he has the money, or can raise it, that he would be allowed to be a part owner of a team. I doubt that he is even considering 100% ownership of the Rams and I suspect that he will be willing to offer a “compromise” that he will only be a minority owner of the Rams. Say something like 25% of the team. He can probably come up with that much money and that would give him some say in the running of the team and whether the team stays in St. Louis. How ironic it would be that Rush Limbaugh would be a “minority” owner of the Rams!
    I still would peg this as having a greater than 50% chance of happening and I do not believe that he ever really intended to become the majority owner of the Rams. He only wanted enough of an interest so that he could help keep the team in St. Louis. If he is blocked from doing this look for the Rams to return to Los Angeles in the near term (five years or so) future.

  56. tyrone says: Oct 13, 2009 4:16 PM

    I mean, let’s face it, we didn’t have slavery in this country for over 100 years because it was a bad thing. Quite the opposite: slavery built the South. I’m not saying we should bring it back; I’m just saying it had its merits. For one thing, the streets were safer after dark
    —-Rush Limbaugh
    Is that racist enough for you?

  57. slipkid says: Oct 13, 2009 4:17 PM

    also, nbc wanted vick back in the nfl. and a certain nbc-connected web site softened its tone re vick. and vick is in the nfl again.
    leftist-dominated nbc hates conservatism. so here come the assaults on a possible conservative part-buyer of an nfl franchise.
    brain-dead football players act like they wont play for a team with a vocal conservative part-owner, or not vocal around the club. either way.
    so quit, girly-men. go to the ufl. stand on principle. i bet none of them would quit. too much bling at risk. and too many of them dont play hard enough as it is. stfu and play. yer just driving the rams to LA.
    and maybe that is someone’s goal anyway. (that or force the nfl to give a franchise or part thereof to the real racists like al pindyck or jester jackson)lets see the economy continue to slide anyway. contract by a few teams, start with the rams and jags. watch the morally upright (yeah right) former players then start to whine.
    as osamabama could tell them… just cause he is in the white house, he cant get everything he wants and neither can you.
    the owner you agree to work for may be the one who saves yer ass, i mean, job.

  58. Ocelot138 says: Oct 13, 2009 4:18 PM

    Look at all the stupid dittoheads, coming out of the woodwork to hem and haw about the fact that most of America – the part of America who can have independent thought, and don’t proudly tout the fact that they “ditto” everything a fat talking head says – disagrees with Rush being an owner.
    I say let him buy the team. The Rams are a joke and Rush is a joke. Also, I think all of us want to see Goodell suspend an owner for breaking the substance abuse policy. Or the fallout Rush will encounter when he’s caught on vacation with another underage boy.

  59. JEB says: Oct 13, 2009 4:19 PM

    If they are all held to such high standards than why are referees calling every game like they have money on it.
    Goodell is a freakin hypocrite.

  60. Ocelot138 says: Oct 13, 2009 4:20 PM

    Oh, and dittoheads?
    If this makes you all so mad, please, stop watching the NFL. A boycott would be a great way to have your voices be heard.
    Start with your posts on PFT. Buh-bye. Our president won, the BLACK president, and if you don’t like this country – leave it!

  61. CountSnail says: Oct 13, 2009 4:23 PM

    Ugh. I’m not liking the politics mixed in with the football. Can’t we keep them seperate.

  62. tyrone says: Oct 13, 2009 4:24 PM

    oh wait…here’s another one from good ol boy Rush
    “know who deserves a posthumous Medal of Honor? James Earl Ray [the confessed assassin of Martin Luther King]. We miss you, James. Godspeed. ”
    and another…
    “Look, let me put it to you this way: the NFL all too often looks like a game between the Bloods and the Crips without any weapons. There, I said it.
    I’m not done yet…heres one more for the road.
    They’re 12 percent of the population. Who the hell cares?
    (This one in response to blacks)

  63. Ocelot138 says: Oct 13, 2009 4:24 PM

    Compulsive Collector says:
    October 13, 2009 3:20 PM
    “Typical liberal fascist…”
    That’s an oxymoron (unlike its author, for whom the oxy can be omitted). It’s like saying, “typical conservative Marxist.” It’s the kind of comment that allows people to instantly recognize you as someone who should never be taken seriously.
    And this isn’t a matter of, freedom of speech or the First Amendment. That section of the Constitution protects citizens from government prosecution, not consequences in the business world. Anyone who believes the Bill Of Rights protects him from repercussions in professional life when he runs his mouth is in for a very rude awakening.
    —————-
    Don’t try to reason with these people. They’re frothing at the mouth, and they don’t care about things like “facts” or “common sense” — they only do the bidding of their media overlords. Hence the vehement hatred for the “liberal media” i.e. anyone who isn’t piping in Big Brother conservative thoughts into their pea brains.
    Cue the “elitist liberal” comeback, because calling a stupid person stupid for using terms like “liberal facist” is somehow elitist.

  64. Rick says: Oct 13, 2009 4:26 PM

    The commissioner has every right to protect the brand name of the league by denying Limbaugh from being an owner. The commissioner doesn’t want people to use the NFL as a platform for their political agendas. You never saw Jerry Jones stumping for Bush, I doubt Limbaugh would restrain himself from using the NFL spotlight to extend his influence. Politics and NFL should not mix, Goodell is doing the right thing. It’s just football, a game without political identity and Limbaugh would bring that to anything he gets involved in along with his usual unnecessary controversial comments.

  65. PCTexasWildcatz says: Oct 13, 2009 4:27 PM

    I really don’t see a problem with Rush Limbugh of owning the St.Louis Rams? I mean, I don’t think that we need to forget that this is a free country, and Rush Limbugh or Sean Hannity can own the St.Louis Rams, or anybody else for that matter! (Provided they have about $30,000,000 lying around!) And besides that, it HAS to be approved by the NFL owners, first!

  66. Arizona Buckeye says: Oct 13, 2009 4:29 PM

    Rush is nothing but a massive pile of vicodin, blubber, and ego. He is absolutely a racist, a sexist, a fear monger and basically an all around a$$ who is not interested in helping anything or anybody other than himself. If I saw this worthless piece of space wasting blob oozing down the street, I’d probably try to nick him with the rear view mirror. NOW, having said all of that, I have a huge problem with the NFL trying to keep him from buying a team. This is American and it should act that way. If the man wants to toss his cash in and buy a team, by all means, he should have the right to do that!!! Come on NFL, you have a double standard that is as large as the Grand Canyon.

  67. Patsfan1776 says: Oct 13, 2009 4:29 PM

    Vick was running a gambling ring. The local authorities tried to cover it up which is the way the NFL has begun operating again. Fortunately the animal rights nuts flexed their muscle and got the Feds involved. The NFL flexed their muscle and swept the gambling charges under the rug so you had irate, uninformed people saying that Vick got screwed because he spent time in prison for killing dogs. He went to prison for running a interstate gambling operation but you don’t hear about that because it would have been impossible to reinstate him in the NFL with that hanging out there.
    Me thinks the NFL is setting a dangerous precedent with this Rush thing. There are very few people in the world that have the Money, Desire, and (now) Virtuous personality to own an NFL team and these people are getting fewer and fewer.

  68. Phokus says: Oct 13, 2009 4:29 PM

    It’s hilarious watching you Republicans getting your panties in a bunch because you KNOW (based on the current information) that a race baiter like Limbaugh will NEVER own an NFL team.
    I’m drinking your tears as we speak :-D

  69. Hauschild says: Oct 13, 2009 4:30 PM

    Only in the America of the last 20 years can somebody be vilified for absolutely no reason, other than holding dear, a traditionalist’s viewpoint.
    Based on the fabricated stories about Rush, it’s fair to say that he is beating the liberals yet again. Hate the sin, but love the sinner – Rush detests liberalism, which any level-headed American should as it has proven throughout the course of not only American’s history, but Europe’s as well, to be a complete and utter disaster, and severely destructive to the republic. However, Rush’s detractors don’t hate his politics (because it is impossible to), they hate “him”. Obviously, the trap here for liberals is that they figure if they squeeze Rush outta the mainstream, they win, but will prove impossible because his belief system is what the country was founded on and it still beats at the heart of every American – freedom!

  70. like i says: Oct 13, 2009 4:35 PM

    @ballhawk1
    “Great call Commish…YET there is still the Rooney Rule who designates qualified coaches by race. ”
    I think you should familiarize yourself with the rule. The Rooney rule only requires a minority be interviewed for a coaching position, it does not require a minority be hired. With as much money that’s on the line in the NFL, I doubt any team would hire a coach simply on race, religion, sexual orientation, etc.
    Don’t be so narrow.

  71. alzaga says: Oct 13, 2009 4:36 PM

    So how would the NFL justify having an owner that, by his own admission, would not be eligible to play in or coach in the NFL due to his repeated drug rehab stints?
    I think they are making the right decision, and it doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with Rush’s despicable racial comments.

  72. Linda says: Oct 13, 2009 4:36 PM

    Rush Limbaugh or what ever his name is this is plan and simple he is a racist he just don’t hate 1 person of color he hates blacks and others-listen to him what do you think, he should not owned anything or any team that is just like owning people & that is his agenda-he is the devil he is evil and nasty, no I donot trust him he has an agenda for what he is doing,all them drugs has landed in his brain, he does not deserve my respect and he is not going to get it he has not earned anyone’s respect at least not mines, I donot listen to him or glenn beck or lou doubs they all are the same and have the samethings in mind,no he should not own any team,for if he gets one he may want another-just what is his agenda anyway? he is a racist most of the NFL is made up of blacks-so ask yourself the ?-he is just full of his own waste & is beginning to smell himself real loud than before,so no I donot trust him at all he is lying to himself & others all he is, is just air blowing up more & more and he will blow up, no wonder he can’t find a woman what woman would want a lunatic, racist like himself to deal with, I rather shoot myself.

  73. ronmexico says: Oct 13, 2009 4:38 PM

    Wait a sec. In his book “Shaq talk back”, Shaquille O’Neal wrote, “If you get dunked on by a white boy, you got to come home to your friends and hear it.” I guarentee he wouldn’t get any resistance if he wanted to buy a team. Then there was Toronto Raptors star Vince Carter after discovering he was being covered by the Minnesota Timberwolves’ Wally Szczerbiak.
    Carter turned to the Minnesota bench with a smile and said, according to Szczerbiak, “You better get this white guy off me, or I’m going to score 40.” Do you honestly think that would be an issue if he wanted to buy a pro team some day? We know if Larry Bird were black, he’d be, as Isiah Thomas said, “just another guy.” Doesn’t seem to be an issue for Mr. Thomas. We know we’re supposed to giggle when Charles Barkley says, “See? This is what I hate about white people.” But no one seems to mind. All could buy into teams if they choose. Double standards abound!!!!

  74. skins10 says: Oct 13, 2009 4:39 PM

    When did this ever become about the political left or right? The NFL is a corporation (a private one at that) and Roger is the CEO, so anyone whos states that he doesn’t have the “right” to make a decision on who owns an NFL team is a fool. Of course the other owners are in effect “board members” and they too vote for new owner approval. That seems to be a good and fair sytem to me. However, if you are right wing nut job (i.e. dittohead) you feel that everything and everyone is against your interests. Yiou all really need to stop watching Fox News, listening to Rush and THINK FOR YOURSELF! NOte to public, Rush is not a scholar, he is not a politician, he is NOT a lawyer, he is an entertainer, yet you fools hang on every word he says. Most Americans have figured this out – why can’t you??

  75. Pauly1620 says: Oct 13, 2009 4:43 PM

    downsouth49er says: I hope this means the big pill popping coward has no chance of owning any NFL team. What a waste of life, the quicker him and those who love and support him are gone the better the world will be.
    I’m guessing your closet is full of brown/tan shirts.
    Prove me wrong!

  76. E_DA _ MAn says: Oct 13, 2009 4:45 PM

    Hey Goodell
    Listen once then decide…Don’t listen to others, listen yourself….

  77. E_DA _ MAn says: Oct 13, 2009 4:47 PM

    Tyrone
    You are an ignorant person…listen to him, don’t listen to others, listen to the person

  78. E_DA _ MAn says: Oct 13, 2009 4:49 PM

    Start with your posts on PFT. Buh-bye. Our president won, the BLACK president, and if you don’t like this country – leave it!
    He is my president too…but I don’t like his policies…I don’t give a crap that he’s black….his policies suck

  79. aj says: Oct 13, 2009 4:50 PM

    for all of the fans out there who suggest that Rush should not be allowed to buy into the NFL – why don’t you have vick dog sit for you or have maybe your daughter / sister / aunt / go out with a known rapist / drug offender / beater / convict then you can say what you want

  80. VoxVeritas says: Oct 13, 2009 4:51 PM

    “He absolutely has the right to say whether someone is allowed to buy in or not. It is the same as any franchises head office has the right to sell a store/location to a new owner or not.”
    Ah, no. If the owners want to let him in make no mistake, Rush Limbaugh will be in whether Goodell likes it or not. Goodell’s just a commissioner and he doesn’t have that kind of power.

  81. zachd says: Oct 13, 2009 4:53 PM

    All he’s trying to do is keep Communism out of the NFL. Good job Goodell

  82. paul says: Oct 13, 2009 4:53 PM

    Rush being a druggie himself would fit right in .

  83. jbwbubba says: Oct 13, 2009 4:54 PM

    Tyrone,
    Try reading a little on the subject before posting things like an idiot. Those quotes are the ones that aren’t true. Jerks, like those on this board post lies and the media reports them as true.
    If I went online and said Tyrone said he “likes little boys” someone could stick in a wiki page or pass it around till it becomes fact.
    Oh, and Liberals today are “fascists”. They demand you bend to their will. Try going on a college campus, Free speech is restricted because a liberal might not like it. Don’t like Rush, well liberals will change laws to get him off the air, thats fascists. You think you know something cute, because you throw around words like fascists and Marxists. Guess what a fascists and a Marxists are nothing but Coke and Pepsi. Same thing different brand name. Its about control and liberals today would love nothing more than dictate the lives of everyone. It is true they should be called “left wing fascists” give the “liberal” relation to “liberty” in word origin, but labels are labels.

  84. red13 says: Oct 13, 2009 4:55 PM

    SF Saints Fan :
    The reports out of St. Louis are that Rush would only own about 10%. Chip and Lucia (Georgia’s kids) only own 60%, Stan Kroenke (who owns the Avalanche and Nuggets and therefore cannot be a majority owner of the Rams) owns 40%. So, one of the new owners will have to have a bigger interest than Kroenke, ie Checketts. Rush doesn’t want (or have the resources) to be a majority owner. Checketts is the guy who will have the say. Rush will only purchase a small piece. He’s from SE Missouri and wants to keep the Rams here, and Checketts has done a great job with the Blues. Politics aside, I welcome the deal.

  85. VoxVeritas says: Oct 13, 2009 4:57 PM

    “I think the important thing to say here is that the streets would be safer after dark without drug addicts. Oh wait. Rush Limbaugh is one of those.”
    So are most Eagirls fans.

  86. ballhawk1 says: Oct 13, 2009 4:58 PM

    Well to call a person making an argument stupid is dumb, unless said person is making a dumb argument…NOW to the term Liberal Fascism; By definittion there are 2 types of liberal Lassez-Faire and Socialist (often referred to as eliteist). That being said a Fascist is an entity that stops openness of speech and press, controls comments, blames capitalism for everything. LOOKING at them together makes sense if one believes LIBERALS today are SOCIALISTS! I believe many self proclaimed LIBERAL DEMS dont understand that the current liberal base is striving to control everything…the direct opposite of the intent of LIBERALISM:::LAISSEZ-FAIRE(hands off govt). So in essence while these peooel say they are for the down trodden and the minority they only help to keep them down so they have a distinct voting base. Rather disgusting when you truly analyze it…..One last note>>>W/O Republican votes in Congress the Civil Rights Movement would have been squashed as MOST Southern Dems were against integration…Huey Long, George Wallace, Al Gore SR…..I wish people would know and understand history before they make BRASH COMMENTS!!!

  87. mad555 says: Oct 13, 2009 4:59 PM

    Are you people serious with this, “Oh, Why is everyone bashing his political view?” This has nothing to do with Limpdicbaugh’s politics and everything to do with how Limpdicbaugh views black people. He has no clue how black people are treated in white America. He is as blind as a bat if he doesn’t think what he has said about minorities in this country is wrong in any way! Does he even recognize how African Americans have been discriminated throughout American History? I mean seriously! He probably thinks that there was always equality for Blacks since they were released from slavery and they are to blame if they are unable to prosper in White America.
    Between, “agreeing”/saying with the Donovan comment and saying that the NFL is like Bloods & Crypts without the weapons, should tell you all you need to know about his ideology about how he views everyone not white and how America should be run. Would you really be that shocked if you found out that Limpdicbaugh actually said what he is accused of saying? I didn’t think so. The way he speaks about minorities is like what the US is doing to the middle east. The US is telling the middle east how they should live their lives, (which is not working), and Limpdicky is saying to minorities, “this is how you should live your life because it will be good for you. If you Don’t act like you’re being discriminated, then you won’t be discriminated. I mean, If I don’t see it, it must not exist.
    Really?!?
    Anyone agreeing with that thought process is truly ignorant to what is happening outside their home.
    Pathetic!

  88. Ralph says: Oct 13, 2009 5:00 PM

    Rush being an owner will do one thing….. It will be like when the NFL first started. His team wont have any blacks on it. I am sure this his mission to revert back when USA was a great place to live in many peoples view. Rush has no intention of owning a team. He just wants to have an opportunity to tell people his being unfairly identified as a racist. And if was interested in really being an owner, he is not interested in winning. No black man with any integrity would play for him or accept his money. Well, let me take that back. People like Armstrong Williams, Clarence Thomas, Tiger Woods would feel honored to play and associate with him. They are as white if not more white than Rush. I hope he does become an owner, he has enough money to waste. Perhaps he will get in over his head and go bankrupt and then we would not have to hear his jibber jabber. Pure redneck and has plenty of redneck supporters at his side. As much as I dont Roger Goodell I am glad he seems to sway away from any opportunity for him to own a team>……..

  89. moral-authority says: Oct 13, 2009 5:01 PM

    The Rooney Rule is nothing like Affirmative Action. AA benifits white females predominately more than all other minorites combined!!!! Therefore, don’t show your ignorance if you don’t know how to gather facts, my friend. “Token” black coaches as you write? Yeah, you must mean the “Token” 2008 Superbowl winnning coach? Oh, you must mean the former “Token” coach of the SB winning Colts? Or the
    Token” coach he coached against? Please. Rush is about Rush. Most conservatives distance themselves from his propaganda. His racist remarks are ugly & disrespectful to every human being with a conscious. Pop another pill & everything will be normal again…

  90. skins10 says: Oct 13, 2009 5:01 PM

    Bob Nelson, wimpy left wingers?? Any day Bob, just leave your 42 rifles and 67 handguns at home and lets fight it out like men. Oh sorry, I forgot you can only hide behind your pick up truck, NRA sticker and gun rack. So weak.

  91. VicksPuppies says: Oct 13, 2009 5:01 PM

    @tyrone – He said none of the things you are posting! Makes you wonder how racist the guy is if people have to make things up that he said. Dumb lefties.

  92. VoxVeritas says: Oct 13, 2009 5:01 PM

    “I say let him buy the team. The Rams are a joke and Rush is a joke.”
    Maybe he should buy the Eagirls so that Philly can know what it feels like to have a winner in town?

  93. Occam says: Oct 13, 2009 5:02 PM

    “Look at all the stupid dittoheads, coming out of the woodwork to hem and haw about the fact that most of America – the part of America who can have independent thought, and don’t proudly tout the fact that they “ditto” everything a fat talking head says – disagrees with Rush being an owner.”
    Ditto!!!!

  94. Bob S. says: Oct 13, 2009 5:02 PM

    Limbaugh played everyone for fools. He had absolutely no intention of buying any NFL team, he just got himself tons of free publicity and now claims he’s a victim and been mistreated to endear him more with his fans. And everyone fell for it!

  95. ballhawk1 says: Oct 13, 2009 5:02 PM

    @PHILLY: You are correct I dont agre with the TOKEN part..I love Tomlin and Singletary…I also think Lewis and Smith are marginal at best…You cant sit there say it is good and proper minority practice to interview a certain race and if you dont you get fined…that is as dumb as affirmative action practices on the SATs in Michigan, Sub-Prime Loan program (targeted the poor)! If you believe that I am terribly sorry for you because that degrades someone worse than almost anything……You dont have to work as hard and you still get the same opportunities…..GREAT MESSAGE!!!

  96. VoxVeritas says: Oct 13, 2009 5:03 PM

    “Our president won, the BLACK president, and if you don’t like this country – leave it!”
    The funny thing is that you voted for him just because he’s black and ever since he was elected he’s been showing you how white he is! hahaha the joke’s on you, sucker!

  97. VoxVeritas says: Oct 13, 2009 5:03 PM

    “I’m not done yet”
    You were done a long time ago, Tyrone.

  98. Leto_II says: Oct 13, 2009 5:04 PM

    Let Rush in. I don’t care for his politics but if he wants to buy the Rams, let him. The NFL has rapist, dog killers, murderers, absentee fathers and drug users for employees. But there’s an uproar about letting in an opionated conservative talk show host come in as an owner? Um, ok.
    The same people who don’t want Rush as an owner are probably the same people who defend Michael Vick. Hilarious.

  99. hamburglar says: Oct 13, 2009 5:06 PM

    Did you know that all of the top ten states in college graduates voted for Obama. Additionally, all of the top ten states in illiterate adults voted for McCain/Palin. These are facts.

  100. Bluefish says: Oct 13, 2009 5:06 PM

    I thought goodell was a good commissioner, but apparently he is a liberal, left-leaning apologist cunt. If he is going to try to keep limbaugh from becoming a part owner, he has his head up his ass. What he should do is fire all the black trash junkies, punks, druggies, wife / girlfriend beaters and other people such as burress and those similar to him!!! Clean up the sport asshole. You are as bad as the numb nut who oversees baseball. Didnt he turn an eye away from all the drugs during the last 15 years or so?

  101. ballhawk1 says: Oct 13, 2009 5:07 PM

    @TYRONE: “know who deserves a posthumous Medal of Honor? James Earl Ray [the confessed assassin of Martin Luther King]. We miss you, James. Godspeed. ”
    Good one Huberman is currently being sued to show proof of the quote by lawyers……He got it from Wikiquotes! If Rush said it then he should be shunned in the business world>>>>>NOW if he didnt say it then what??? Huberman is a known far far left liberal speaker (might be worse than Maddow not sure)

  102. chapnasty says: Oct 13, 2009 5:07 PM

    Wow, so embarassed to be a human being right now. None of you looked at the facts that I and others have put forward proving all of this wrong. I will wait for apologies after Rush is done suing the sh*t out of the Liberal media for slander….

  103. Ralph says: Oct 13, 2009 5:07 PM

    Actually this will be a great opportunity for Goodel to show he is fair and gives everyone a chance (second Chance that is). As with many of the players in the league with a storied past (drugs, violence, etc) he should give Rush a chance. He is just like many of these players. He is dope fiend too…… He used to use drugs and got help and should be given a second chance. Dope fiends are people too and deserve second chances. We forgot all about that didnt we. It will be good for the league. Can you see the headline, “Goodell gives drug abuser second chance.”

  104. FranktheTank says: Oct 13, 2009 5:07 PM

    Florio, you and your wacko left-wing buddies over at NBC are jealous of Limbaugh and his fame. You’ll never have that kind of following and never make that kind of money, so stop posting sh!t about him.

  105. amkay3 says: Oct 13, 2009 5:15 PM

    Compulsive- Hopefully you understand that calling someone or some thing “liberal fascist” isn’t a new creation on this message board, nor is it an oxymoron. H.G. Wells coined the phrase in a speech at Oxford to hearken back to beliefs held by pure fascists, that is before Nazi influence made it a much more gruesome political ideology. Don’t ruin your credibility the second you open your mouth (or the second you hit “submit” in this case).
    As far as the issue at hand, Rush is allowed to say whatever he pleases, however he pleases. Mr. Goodell should really consider sounding more like a professional and less like an 8th grader when responding to the press. Communication is key here. Rush is polarizing and that hinders his ability to communicate to large numbers of people, and if I had to guess, I would bet this is what happened in this matter. Goodell stopped listening at “black” and went into protection mode. He isn’t helping his cause though by using juvenile and colloquial language that simply makes him sound more like a cornered animal rather than a high powered professional.

  106. TheWizard says: Oct 13, 2009 5:16 PM

    Wow.
    The NFL is made up of 80% black players,
    and Rush Limbaugh is the racist ?
    The world is upside down.

  107. SpartaChris says: Oct 13, 2009 5:26 PM

    No, but the league is perfectly fine with employing a thug, dog torturer, druggie and gambler. Yet it’s “divisive comments” that keep someone out of the league.

  108. reddeer says: Oct 13, 2009 5:30 PM

    “I don’t think he’s been that good from the get-go. I think what we’ve had here is a little social concern in the NFL. I think the media has been very desirous that a black quarterback do well. They’re interested in black coaches and black quarterbacks doing well. I think there’s a little hope invested in McNabb, and he got a lot of credit for the performance of this team that he really didn’t deserve. The defense carried this team.” Limbaugh 9/28/2003
    And lets put the above in context as they were made before the Eagles week 4 game vs Buf. (week 3 was bye). The Eagles were 0-2 and McNabb had 37 completions, 82 attempts, 334 yds, 0 td, 3 int (45% completion% 4.1 ypa).

  109. meezle says: Oct 13, 2009 5:37 PM

    # VoxVeritas says: October 13, 2009 5:01 PM
    “I say let him buy the team. The Rams are a joke and Rush is a joke.”
    Maybe he should buy the Eagirls so that Philly can know what it feels like to have a winner in town?
    Leave it up to the “Magic the Gathering,” player to somehow bring the eagles, wait, the eagurls into this conversation.
    Damn they must really be under your skin tool

  110. Phokus says: Oct 13, 2009 5:44 PM

    Mmmmm still drinking those republican tears, it tastes so gooooooood
    Keep crying, Limbaugh will NEVER own an NFL team.

  111. MFox says: Oct 13, 2009 5:49 PM

    As much as some of you want to cry and bemoan the fact that Rush may never be an owner in the NFL, you should realize that although Rush can say whatever he wants, he’s also responsible for those words.
    Limbaugh’s problem with the NFL is that, even if he has all the money in the world, the NFL can pick and choose who they want to let in the owner’s club, and there’s really not a damn thing he can do about it. The truth hurts…

  112. stc1993 says: Oct 13, 2009 5:53 PM

    The average price of an NFL team a little less than a billion dollars. Limbaugh just signed a new contract thru 2016 for $400 million not including all he makes from speaking engagements & books he sells. He can sure afford part ownership in a team & I don’t see anything wrong with it myself. Like he said he is just a radio entertainer. I believe he just says what his fans wants him to say. $37 million a year laughing all the way to the bank.

  113. 1965 2+2 says: Oct 13, 2009 5:55 PM

    If he has the money, let him buy and quit discriminating against him.
    BTW, downsouth49er, was a stupid post!

  114. Zaggs says: Oct 13, 2009 6:00 PM

    The fact that the NFL has the Rooney rule which says NFL owners MUST interview someone based solely on their skin color. That automatically raises that person higher then other applicants based on nothing other then their race. Last I checked thats pretty much the definition of racism. So for Goodell or anyone else that supports the Rooney rule to complain about supposed comments by Rush (I have yet to see any dates attributed to these quotes) is pretty laughable. Even more so when you consider Washington has been using a racist name for decades.

  115. meezle says: Oct 13, 2009 6:06 PM

    reddeer say
    “And lets put the above in context as they were made before the Eagles week 4 game vs Buf. (week 3 was bye). The Eagles were 0-2 and McNabb had 37 completions, 82 attempts, 334 yds, 0 td, 3 int (45% completion% 4.1 ypa).”
    That completely makes rush look like an idiot, it show if mcnabb plays bad the team losses. Mcnabb played well this week and the team beat the Buc, even though the d gave up 14 points to a first year starter

  116. Arizona Buckeye says: Oct 13, 2009 6:07 PM

    Dewey – you’re right, the government is trying to take control of everything including your women. Its time for you to grab your gun cache and head for the bunker in the woods until Cheney and gang tell you its okay to come out. Don’t forget your radio so you can listen to Rush, Hannity, and lord of the idiots Beck.

  117. BlackBerryStorm says: Oct 13, 2009 6:10 PM

    Dewey ActSwooned says:
    October 13, 2009 5:10 PM
    “Conservatives are the new counter-culturists, genius. ”
    Great rant! Intelligently pinned and passionate. Now…..exit the public library and return to your cabin near Ruby Ridge or whatever mountain forest you reside and comb the lice from your beard. Hurry!!!!! It’s getting dark and those candles won’t lite themselves.

  118. The_deadlift500 says: Oct 13, 2009 6:12 PM

    OK….here’s some Limbaugh speech
    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2009/10/13/goodell-on-rush-divisive-comments-are-not-what-nfls-about/#_login
    Inflammatory and offensive. As a Hitler stache on O’bama poster. I’m not saying he can’t say it, but a spade is a spade, this bluthering tough talk. If you think liberals are weak, come down to my gym. I’m the guy repping what you wished you could max.

  119. The_deadlift500 says: Oct 13, 2009 6:14 PM

    Oh and when you guys reference druggies and criminals, are you also speaking of RUSH? Oxycontin. Illegal abuse.

  120. white tiger two says: Oct 13, 2009 6:18 PM

    Red Deer has it right!
    Many demean the black NFL player via their patronizing attitudes and behavior. God doesn’t care what race we are, and no man should, either.
    Many announcers will lie in order to avoid criticizing a black player. A black wideout drops a pass and the announcer blames the passer, the weather, the War Between The States, or whatever. A white receiver errs in the same way and the announcer refers to him as, “old oleo claws”. The underlying implication, which is false, is that the white guy has the emotional maturity and stability to handle the criticism, but the black player does not. Alternatively, the announcer fears fierce confrontation with thugs who would control him with threats of slander if he did not always speak according to their liking.
    But, as to the purchase of the Cleveland, Los Angeles, St. Louis Rams, even if Limbaugh holds to some racist notions, on what basis could Goodell block his purchase of the Rams?
    The answer may be found in the answers to these two questions:
    1. Why are the Rams not still in Los Angeles? And,
    2. Why is there no NFL team in Los Angeles?
    Really big money is at stake here, and, to some, is much more important than Truth, Justice, and the American Way.

  121. Occam says: Oct 13, 2009 6:19 PM

    “I say let him buy the team. The Rams are a joke and Rush is a joke.”
    They should let a team of Rush, Hannity and Coulter buy the Rams. Then let a team of Obermann, Sheehan and Franken buy the 49ers. Then they should play each other ever week, with Bill Maher and Dennis Miller as the announcers.

  122. peec2fengaz says: Oct 13, 2009 6:23 PM

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iueJLjF-WtM
    somebody asked for a link to a video to show what he actually said..and by the way everyone has the right to be an @$$hole…lucky for limbaugh year of practice have made him a MASSA at it.. oops i mean master.

  123. ragin40 says: Oct 13, 2009 6:25 PM

    He should buy a NASCAR team and be just as irrelevent there as he is now….junkie.

  124. VoxUcker says: Oct 13, 2009 6:25 PM

    # VoxVeritas says: October 13, 2009 5:01 PM
    Vox, the consummate one-trick pony.
    ..and now avowed right-wing nutjob.
    Figures.

  125. Snowman2008 says: Oct 13, 2009 6:27 PM

    chapnasty says:
    October 13, 2009 3:51 PM
    @ downsouth49er
    You are a racist piece of crap.
    _____________________
    Errr…Mr Pot meet Mr Kettle?
    To all the good people of color commenting on this thread: I am white and I am against racism in any form. In particular the form of big fat pill popping Rush who is heck bent on turning Americans against each other at a very critical time in our history.
    I guess all the Nazi ditto heads interpret Freedom of Speech to mean Freedom to Hate? Well, the majority of Americans disagree with them. And our numbers are growing despite what the Fox News Network says.

  126. Siboss says: Oct 13, 2009 6:36 PM

    Rush is a loud mouth pill popping piece of crap. He should pop some more pills and be happy. He is not the face of the Republican Party but perhaps could be considered the Ass of the Party. He should not be allowed anywhere near any sports team.

  127. bluesgutter says: Oct 13, 2009 7:05 PM

    bones56 says:
    October 13, 2009 2:35 PM
    glad to see the comish believes in freedom of speech. FREEDOM OF SPEECH HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH OWNING AN NFL TEAM, BUT IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR PRECEDENT, LOOK NO FURTHER THAN TO THE BUILDUP TO THE ILLEGAL INVASION OF IRAQ WHEN CERTAIN PEOPLE HAD THE GUTS TO SPEAK OUT AGAINST IT AND WERE BLACKBALLED BY REPUBLICANS WHO CITED THEIR “FREEDOM TO DO BUSINESS WITH WHOEVER THEY WANT” APPROACH.
    do ppl know the first admendment isn’t to protect speech that makes everyone happy but to protect someones right to have a different opinion.
    liberals it’s funny we call them that cause the group of “liberals” that are running shit now are taking more and more of our liberties everyday AND WHAT WOULD THOSE LIBETIES BE? THE FREEDOM TO BE STUPID, PERHAPS?
    what every happened to “i don’t agree with what you say but i will fight to the death for your right to say it” WHOEVER INITIALLY SAID THAT DID NOT HAVE RUSH LIMBAUGH IN MIND.

  128. shazard01 says: Oct 13, 2009 7:30 PM

    Doesn’t Jessie and Rev. Al have anything better to do? Why don’t they go to other African countries and ask their leaders why alot of their women are being rapped and why are you treating your own people like &^%$.
    Instead of worrying about Rush.

  129. Whodat1 says: Oct 13, 2009 7:31 PM

    I take it that all NFL owners are of very high moral standards and have never said anything controversial. I am sure Mr. Goodell would never let a less than perfect man own or even be a player on a team.

  130. jeffj says: Oct 13, 2009 7:47 PM

    I mean, let’s face it, we didn’t have slavery in this country for over 100 years because it was a bad thing. Quite the opposite: slavery built the South. I’m not saying we should bring it back; I’m just saying it had its merits. For one thing, the streets were safer after dark.
    Rush Limbaugh said this! Racist?

  131. The_deadlift500 says: Oct 13, 2009 7:48 PM

    what every happened to “i don’t agree with what you say but i will fight to the death for your right to say it” WHOEVER INITIALLY SAID THAT DID NOT HAVE RUSH LIMBAUGH IN MIND.
    ====================================
    Or Marge Schott. Remember her?

  132. jeffj says: Oct 13, 2009 7:48 PM

    GOOGLE RUSH LIMBAUGH FAMOUS QUOTES: RACIST????????????

  133. jeffj says: Oct 13, 2009 7:49 PM

    YOUTUBE RUSH LIMBAUGH. RACIST?????

  134. jeffj says: Oct 13, 2009 7:55 PM

    Sometimes when we watch my favorite sports team we can’t see bad calls when our teams benefit from those calls. The same goes for Rush supporters. They can’t see his remarks as racist, because they benefit from similar remarks or beliefs in their lives. You can’t see wrong in what you feel is right.

  135. jeffj says: Oct 13, 2009 7:57 PM

    a racist doesn’t see another racist as racist. He views it as normal. It doesn’t matter your color. We all have pride in our own beliefs. Including a racist.

  136. Tifdog1 says: Oct 13, 2009 8:16 PM

    Wow, I’m really surprised how many of you guys totally missed the point in what Goddell’s statement. Rush Limbaugh is a divisive media figure. It doesn’t matter whether or not you agree with what Rush said about Donovan McNabb being overrated. The point is, the NFL has the right to vet (i.e. deny) ownership to whomever it sees fit. The NFL is a privately run business and the league can do whatever it wants in determining who should and should not own an NFL franchise. From a business standpoint, Goddell is totally in the right on this one. The league does not want to associate itself with anyone like Rush Limbaugh because he will do and say anything for ratings and to make a buck! This is not a freedom of speech issue, this is a business decision, pure and simple.

  137. coaltrain says: Oct 13, 2009 8:23 PM

    @snowman2008
    “all the good people of color”–what posts are YOU reading?
    is your boyfriend black?
    if you are white,you really need to start acting like it.

  138. oafishlyfatt says: Oct 13, 2009 8:37 PM

    The NFL is a business known the world over. It would be self-defeating to allow a controversial figure such as Rush to own an NFL team.
    Racism does play a part in this, I wish it did not but, it does. As some have said above, Rush is a media whore and will do anything for a buck. This is not something that should be valued in a NFL team owner, ever.
    An owner of a team is not only responsible for his team and the people he/she employed but, also for their own actions. Rush is willing to sell himself one dollar at a time, to the highest bidder.
    Do you think players that actually respect themselves and the game would want to be represented by Mr. Limbaugh?
    I know I would not.

  139. Brian says: Oct 13, 2009 8:50 PM

    Normally I would not comment on a subject that really has no concern for me. But as a fan of the NFL, I read the article and started reading the comments.
    Now the article was and is an opinion with facts to support his comments only on the fact that Rush wants to buy into the Rams and the NFL will have a say in it. The writer does take a stance that he would rather not see Rush as an owner. To that I personally do agree with, but that is not why I am taking the time to write.
    I have more of a problem with the discussion or comments from the readers. I ask this…
    Why, when someone makes a comment do people take it as a personal attack against them and their beliefs and then feel they must attack others?
    We all have feelings and beliefs that differ from each other, that is what makes as individuals. But attack a figurehead like Rush and you get that we have a President who is a drug addict and a talk show host who is a racist. Can someone please show me the facts for these and many other claims people have made.
    Also how does the relationship between people in a business deal become a battle of conservative vs liberal?
    This is business and those in business get to choose who they work with. If the NFL, which a franchise like McDonalds, chooses not to work with someone, that is their choice and I am sure it is for more reasons than a comment that got someone fired from a previous job. If that was the case, Vick would not be back.
    Personally, I believe that if Rush does show that he is remorseful of his comments before, Goodell will listen. But to attack like all you are doing, and not even on subject just shows how much this country is divided and sadly there is one group that has divided our country and no it is not the liberals or the conservatives.
    It is those that will not listen and only put on blinders and forget the bigger picture.
    So for our country, stop this stupid fighting and lets work together for the benefit of this home of ours. Our battles should be overseas, not in house.

  140. CSM Weso says: Oct 13, 2009 8:57 PM

    So, Rush Limbaugh sings, “Barack the Magic Negro” on his show (only he and his supposed wife know the real lyrics he sang in his stall that morning), asserts that watching the NFL is like watching the Bloods and the Crypts, has a penchant for offending every other minority group, and yet has the audacity to claim he’s color blind. Hmmm. So who do you suppose Rush’s intended listening audience is? I have a news flash for you people: His intended audience isn’t minorities. The man is a RACIST, plain and simple. Those who listen to him, have the stomach to watch him, subscribe to his ideology, and seek to defend him and support him through this post or otherwise are RACISTS!
    If the GOP is looking for a new leader in Rush Limbaugh, I hope it realizes it found itself a Grand Wizard. Give Rush a team? Sure, why not? Give him Joe Scarborough, Ann Coulter, and David Duke; but don’t give him an NFL team…For Pete’s sake!!!

  141. Backinthesaddle says: Oct 13, 2009 9:27 PM

    The Commish is obviously the ultimate PC corporate suit. I hate that people can not speak openly without….of course….”offending” someone and receiving retribution for expressing an honest opinion.
    With that said, the Commish HAD to say that or the PC police and all the race baiters like Jessie Jackson and Al Sharpton would have skewered him and the league publicly as being “racist”. Then Jessie would have tried to extort money from the NFL like he does to other major corporations.

  142. SmackMyVickUp says: Oct 13, 2009 10:54 PM

    Limbaugh is an entertainer( a bad one, but successful) plain and simple. Look for him to go to court if they try and exclude him, he’ll drag it out and keep his name in headlines. With 20 Million in his cult following(what he brags, doubt it though) he brings a lot to the table.
    —————
    “I would not want to see those kind of comments from people who are in a responsible position in the NFL, no. Absolutely not.”
    Which means if Rush decides to become a part owner, say if because it is up to Rush, he will have to be muzzled. He was not in a responsible position when he made those comments so it doesn’t apply.
    Goodell is almost as good as Limbaugh when it comes to choice of words.

  143. Kevin_B says: Oct 13, 2009 11:37 PM

    I’m no supporter of Mike Vick and I don’t really buy that he changed, but the people who relate his scenario to Rush’s are retarded. Vick served time and came out and denounced his actions and set forth a plan to improve his life and to try to change people’s (who view dog fighting as a sport or a cultural practice) perception of dog fighting. If Rush were to come out and apologize for years of filling the airwaves with misinformation and divisive language and vow to change, he too could get a second chance, but you can’t get a second chance until you first admit and repent for your offenses. As I said, I don’t really buy that Mike Vick is now a good person, but at least he publicly declared that would he did was wrong, which then allowed him a second chance. I’ve been waiting for years for Rush to do the same, but no such luck, so no second chance either.

  144. Ocelot138 says: Oct 13, 2009 11:43 PM

    Dewey Actswooned,
    I can’t phrase it any better than the dude who likened you to the Unibomber.
    The polygamist child rapists at Waco were pretty counter-culture, too. Doesn’t make them right.
    Stick to a familiar speech you and your fellow Limbaugh knobslobberers are more familiar with —
    “You can super size this value meal for only a dollar”

  145. reddeer says: Oct 13, 2009 11:55 PM

    CSM Weso- The parody makes fun of liberals and the media. The bottom line is Rush attacks liberals for their policies and beliefs. He argues the issues. To call him a racist you need some proof. And you need to call out David Ehrenstein for being racist too.
    Don’t let the group that includes Limbaugh to buy the Rams because of his divisiveness. Fine. But race has nothing to do with it. And if it does, I need some proof…
    David Ehrenstein wrote, Obama the ‘Magic Negro’
    http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-ehrenstein19mar19,0,3391015.story
    AL SHARPTON IMPRESSIONIST PAUL SHANKLIN:
    Barack the Magic Negro lives in D.C.
    The L.A. Times, they called him that
    ‘Cause he’s not authentic like me.
    Yeah, the guy from the L.A. paper
    Said he makes guilty whites feel good
    They’ll vote for him, and not for me
    ‘Cause he’s not from the hood.
    See, real black men, like Snoop Dog,
    Or me, or Farrakhan
    Have talked the talk, and walked the walk.
    Not come in late and won!
    Refrain:
    Oh, Barack the Magic Negro, lives in D.C.
    The L.A. Times, they called him that
    ‘Cause he’s black, but not authentically.
    (repeat Refrain)
    Some say Barack’s “articulate”
    And bright and new and “clean”
    The media sure loves this guy,
    A white interloper’s dream!
    But, when you vote for president,
    Watch out, and don’t be fooled!
    Don’t vote the Magic Negro in
    ‘Cause… (music stops), [Sharpton rants] ’cause I won’t have nothing after all these years of sacrifice. And I won’t get justice. This is about justice. This isn’t about me, it’s about justice. It’s about buffet. I don’t have no buffet and there won’t be any church contributions, And there’ll be no cash in the collection plate. There ain’t gonna be no cash money, no walkin’ around money, no phoning money. Now, Barack going to come in here and –
    (music returns, background vocalists repeat refrain & finish song)

  146. SmackMyVickUp says: Oct 14, 2009 5:51 AM

    Do you mean like SUPER BOWL CHAMPION MIKE TOMLIN OF THE 6 TIME SUPER BOWL CHAMPION PITTSBURGH STEELERS?!!
    ————————-
    Won it with Cowher’s team, same team Cowher won with, ready made and experienced for him. Honeymoon is wearing off and they can now barely beat the Lions.
    Not saying minorities are bad coaches, I just don’t see Tomlin proving himself yet.

  147. SmackMyVickUp says: Oct 14, 2009 5:56 AM

    Our president won, the BLACK president, and if you don’t like this country – leave it!
    ———-
    He is half white as he commonly says – “raised by his white grandmother after his mom passed away.”

  148. SmackMyVickUp says: Oct 14, 2009 6:34 AM

    Vick has opened the door for Limbaugh as well. Being the most disliked person in sports makes him a polarizing figure. Yet, Warden Goodell has said he wants to turn him into a “good luck story.”
    When the high standards you want allows felons to play, including someone convicted of manslaughter after a years break. About the only people you won’t allow are people who are currently incarcerated – sorry Plax, should have plead out sooner and tried for work release.
    I hate Rush, but Goodell’s “Holier than thou” routine is a joke.
    He is working behind the scenes to avoid having the team sold, not to exclude Rush, but to possibly move it back to L.A.
    The NFL might reject Limbaugh from owning a team, but they will have to find something other than politics and his radio show. Rush has been the center of controversy before, so he will not shy away from owning a team.
    To be fair to all parties lets break this down from every perspective.
    In the last presidential election Rooney gave money and publicly supported Barack Obama. The league had no problem with Rooney’s stance. After Obama was elected, Rooney took an ambassador’s job in Ireland.
    Now that someone from the other side of the political spectrum wants to own a team, it would be hard for the NFL to say no. The league has opened the door for Limbaugh to own a team.
    Let’s look at Limbaugh and his radio and political stance.
    Rush is a conservative, a Republican and a vocal opponent of sitting President Barack Obama. I have never met Limbaugh, but I have listened to his radio show.
    Say what you want about him and his view points, but he does his job well. This makes people who listen love him and hate him.
    To me Rush comes off as a wrestling character in the WWE. He does and says things to get a reaction out of people.
    Radio Limbaugh might not be the real life Limbaugh. The man gets ratings from his show by the character he plays on radio.
    That doesn’t mean radio Limbaugh and real life Limbaugh do not think alike. Unless you have met the man in real life you do not know.
    Limbaugh has had his run-ins with the NFL. There were his comments on Donovan McNabb and the way NLF players looked. Here is a look at two of the more famous quotes Rush is known for:
    “I don’t think he’s [Donovan McNabb] been that good from the get-go. I think what we’ve had here is a little social concern in the NFL. I think the media has been very desirous that a black quarterback do well. They’re interested in black coaches and black quarterbacks doing well. I think there’s a little hope invested in McNabb and he got a lot of credit for the performance of his team that he really didn’t deserve. The defense carried this team.”
    This was Limbaugh’s statement about Donovan McNabb after he was hired to be on Sunday NFL Countdown on ESPN. Rush gave an opinion like he was hired to do and there is nothing in that statement that is racist.
    The whole city of Philadelphia at times—let me rephrase—since he was drafted, has not thought McNabb was a quarterback that could take them to a Super Bowl victory. In fact Eagles fans booed when he was drafted.
    All Rush said was McNabb’s success was manufactured by the media. Limbaugh never said black quarterbacks are bad or they could not play quarterback. He did say the media in this politically correct country wanted black quarterback and coaches to do well.
    ESPN hired Limbaugh to give opinions and when he gave one and it was totally blown out of context ESPN threw him under the bus. McNabb has never been the conversation of greatest quarterbacks of all time and never will.
    Say what you want there is nothing in the statement above that is racist against McNabb or black quarterbacks. What Limbaugh was basically saying was that McNabb is overrated.
    Limbaugh’s other statement made on his radio show:
    “Look, let me put it to you this way: the NFL all too often looks like a game between the Bloods and the Crips without any weapons.”
    To be fair to Rush, what did the NFL do with all the do-rags and other gangster acts by players? That is right, they banned them.
    It was not to make white people happy. It was to protect brand marketing. No sports league or product wants to be associated with gang violence. The comment was not necessarily racist but could have been said with more tact.
    Last several players and the union have come out against Limbaugh owning a team. Most notability Bart Scott and Mathias Kiwanuka have publicly stated they would not play for the Rams if Rush was a part owner.
    There are two things that will keep players from doing a lot of speaking out or signing with the Rams. The union should watch out for both of these reasons.
    The first is the “Michael Jordan” political stance. Jordan once said famously when asked why he does not get in to politics or take a stand on issues. The most famous athlete in the world said Republicans buy sneakers, too.
    Players will have to start to worry that Republicans buy tickets, jerseys, and other things. The Dixie Chicks can attest to the backlash for taking a stand politically.
    The last reason players will not speak out about Rush is having to eat crow later. NFL players have a three-year career average length.
    A pro football player has to make as much money as they can before they are out of the sport. If during free agency a player has two contract offers and the Rams are offering the most money, will any player turn it down?
    It is nice to have principles, but when it comes down to money everyone takes the highest offer. Athletes from every sport have said they will never play for this team or coach or whatever and then go player for whom or whatever they said they never would.
    It’s easy for Scott to say he would never play for the Rams if Limbaugh is the owner. Unless he is cut Scott will never be a free agent again. Playing linebacker for 11 years in the NFL, Scott will not be a big free agent after his Jets contract is over.
    As far as Kiwanuka goes, he will be in the league five years before his contract with the Giants is up. He will only have one chance to make big money in free agency. There is no way Kiwanuka will pass up more money from the Rams to take less money in his only big money free agency period.
    The players, people outside the NFL are making a lot of noise about Limbaugh and all he would be is a part owner. Likely, Rush would be like most owners and keep his mouth shut about the league and players.
    As a NFL owner Limbaugh will have to tone down his radio character and the owners are in a tight spot to deny him owning a team. Dan Rooney has opened the door for Rush to come in.
    Players have to show the Rams, the NFL, and the country that when it comes down to it they will not take the money and run. Principles are nice but when it comes down to it they can be bought and sold like anything else.

  149. chapnasty says: Oct 14, 2009 6:45 AM

    @ snowman
    We have proved you and all of these other idiot wrong with facts and evidence while you guys conitnue to use made up quotes and wikipedia as sources. I dont know if you went to College but if you did I can assume your papers were laced with terrible sources and probably wrong. That is neither here nor there. The problem is that for some reason you label me and Rush supporters as Racist just because we are using FACTS to support him.
    In case you didn’t know, Rush and his lawyers have tracked down the “source” of this fake quote. They are investigating and have issued letters to every media outlet, Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and others, demanding and apology and retraction. If he doesn’t get one, expect a slew of law suits for slander and defimation. He will win, and you and the other people who cannot be convinced by factual evidence will be forced to come on here and say “yes sir, I was an idiot and I was wrong”. At least if you have the dignity to do so.
    Further more, I think this has proven a lot about the NFL and their lack of business principles. They let convicted felons, steroid abusers, murderers and several other types of criminals play every day when it makes them money, but yet when someone that they do not agree with politically suddenly the NFL has some moral guideline. It is sad. I would also argue that if we researched a little, we could find numerous players who were members of the New Black Panther party, who, in case you missed it, stood outside of polling stations with clubs trying to intimidate people to vote for Obama.
    Lastly, I would like to apologize for any personal attacks that I have thrown. It is one thing to question one on their beliefs but another to challenge them on that level. I gurantee that all of us would sit together on a Sunday and drink some beers and watch football and more than likely enjoy each other’s company. Politics in this country brings out the worst in people these days and until we stop taking things so personal it will continue to do so. My only response for my own personal attacks is that calling me a racist pretty much goes agains everything I stand for. It angers me to be accused of something so terrible. Unfortunately, thats what a fancy screen name and the internet allows you to do. Maybe if I used my real name like Vox I could get some people to come over and have a burger? HA!

  150. Snowman2008 says: Oct 14, 2009 7:11 AM

    You Repubs sure are wordy! Man, it must be hell for the people who have to work with you and live with you.
    Where was your rage when Bush and Cheney and Rumsfeld made up lies to start a war that claimed so many of our proud soldiers’ lives?
    It’s clear where your hearts lay…your money and Rush is more important to you than an American life. How can you honestly expect any decent American to respect your opinions?

  151. JuicyMelon says: Oct 14, 2009 7:36 AM

    First off,
    I have to laugh at half of these comments. Everything anyone says can be taken in any amount of ways. For example, I don’t think Rush is a racist. Some people have put up quotes that intend to show Rush being “Racist” and bashing others, I don’t see the intent and I don’t agree that he is trying to be racist. If anyone actually listens to his radio show, he has negatively discussed Nancy Pelosi, Al Gore, John Kerry, and believe it or not, many republicans, some of these three even more than most democrats. I listen to Rush because he is funny, brings up some valid points (not all valid, but some), and he brings a new light to subjects in our world.
    But even if you like him or hate him, what separates him from any other current owner? Two things, 1. He has a radio Show and 2. Everything he says is taken out of context by people who hate him just because he supports the other side of the political spectrum. Let’s just face that. I don’t know any other side Radio people, but would it be the same if they had interest in owning an NFL team? I doubt it.
    Onto Goodell. He has a lot of nerve to call out anyone on NFL standards. During his tenure, the NFL has become a place of very low standards. This site even tracks and I don’t think it has gone above 55 days without an arrest…and that high was during the end of off-season and training camp.
    What I also found funny about Goodell’s comments is that his wife also works for the Fox Corporation. While that does not mean that all people working for the Fox Corporation are “not what the NFL’s about,” it does bring up the question as to if the Fox News Channel will bring this up at all during the day.

  152. jay says: Oct 14, 2009 7:43 AM

    Here’s the real issues…
    Regardless of races the majority of people who know who Rush is, knows where he Rush stands in his view regarding minorities and ideas about liberal America. Its been posted that Rush should get a second chance like comparing him to Vick to be fair. Well Rush has only been charged and found guilty by those who disagree with himby only by public opinion. Big difference! Second, to that( you can’t compare what Vick did in anyway to humans and any sufferage a person faces in discrimination or to the extent of slavery other then the act of suffering, beatings and being killed in itself. Murder only applies to humans, and word “kill” stictly to animals because there is no law for them except its basically inhumane). Now I don’t condone what Vick did. But I believe he is remorseful and regardless if you believe that or not he has been punished and served his time under the law and therefore deserves the”2nd chance” to work for a living whatever it maybe and whoever wants to hire him just like any other person that comes out of prison. Again, not right in what he did. I know he wouldn’t be out, let alone a second chance had Vick murder/kill a human(s). That shows you how much more value there is on human life vs a dog.
    I don’t see how after all the things said and Rush’s beliefs that he could really ever be remorseful as in order to be in better light if was really serious about a purchase of a team or any business where many may not agree with him whether for business and/or personal stance. He is taking issues on race and I just told you that there is more value on humans then dogs and Rush isn’t making comments about your best friend. I won’t say he can’t change but I just think Rush’s views are his true core and he is entitle to them. Its just that a outspoken voice can bring backlash and yet again supports can’t seem to understand this…look at TO or any other loudmouth and backlashes they get. What his supporters also have to understand and don’t seemingly care to see are these facts.
    1. There maybe many others that are owners and partial owners, etc. that feel like Rush about many of things. But they have not outwardly expressed them and therefore can’t be called into public quesitioning.
    2. If he was to have whatever ownership in a team. Do you really think that any minority players would want to play for him? I think you would see minority players jump ship(but some may stay for whatever reason but I doubt it). Such boycotting, and protest would occur against that team it would be bad for business in the NFL. I believe that both white and black players enjoy the competition amongst themselves and would opt not to play in a single race game (because they don’t see race), I don’t think America as a majority would want to see that….hince the intergration years ago and never show signs of going back. Yes, there are racial issue in general from how many black coaches there are to ownership, etc. This is just in the path of progress as the sport make opportunities.
    3. In the NFL regardless how you want to twist the Commish note “they are held to a higher standard”. He is right! We can’t control what a person does. Like the common citizen, authorit can only react and then punish. But like anyone in a higher position….President, owner, CEO, boss, supervisor, etc… thats oversees the staff, subordinates, worker or players. Their actions such as in this case if were to come true would go against the very nature of true fair competition if its known that a person held to views like Rush harbors. agree the Commish and owners can vet as they see fit….its their company!!! Think I’m wrong? Let any person in a position of “higher up” come out with any negative or racist views or any rhetoric along the lines that Rush spouts and see fast they fall…seriously! You see how bad it is for the common person to fub up! The players fall on their own, far example; such teams and endorsers dealing with Vick and distancing themselves, but the NFL as whole is to big to fail on the likes of letting Rush (or alike) in unless I guess he can show some real remorse maybe he’d get a real shot. But its said he had no real intent anyways, Hmmm?
    4. For those that want to keep talking about those players with fathering a lot of kids, drinking, drugs, etc. which seems its directed at black players. But be reminded there are white players guilty of criminal minded and player’s unbecoming behavior as well. If you judging as whole then I apologize to you. Regardless those things aren’t right their actions are not “standup acts”, nor to be considered a role model. I think those that are good teamplayers, support their community, support their families and stayout of trouble are deserving of praise for positivity.
    The supports that Rush should be free to own whatever as in the American way/dream, I can’t fight that! But ask yourself are you really being fair to the notion solely on that point or don’t you think that given Rush’s views that somehow in someway or another the ownership would be detrimental to the stability and competitiveness of that team?

  153. Compulsive Collector says: Oct 14, 2009 9:48 AM

    Dewey ActSwooned, try not to sprain something by patting yourself on the back. You’ve hardly exhibited any creativity or imagination by putting such profound ignorance on display. All you’ve done in your response is offer a bunch of stereotypes in your (overwhelmingly incorrect) assumptions about my own beliefs. My command of the language and capacity for rational thought aside, I most certainly am not a registered Democrat. I don’t watch MTV or MSNBC, either. I also happen to be a smoker who despises the “liberal” movement to ban the activity in bars and restaurants, rather than allowing the market to adjust itself according to consumer demand.
    Your assumptions are as rooted in ignorance as your original comments, but that’s clearly the only manner of “expression” you can muster. If you are being “crushed” by anything, it’s only because you’re a weak individual, both in mind and body.
    And the last thing I need is a lesson on history or linguistics from the likes of you, amkay3. Yes, the phrase, “liberal fascist,” is absolutely an oxymoron, and that has bugger all to do with the ideology’s evolvement in Germany. That it did not originate on this web site makes this no less factual; that you believe it does renders you wholly unqualified to discuss credibility with me. I’m sure you’re quite proud of yourself for having read a book, but until you can manage something of more substance than Jonah Goldberg’s work, the rest of us will remain forever unimpressed with your accomplishment.

  154. ForrestGump says: Oct 14, 2009 9:55 AM

    What makes this all so funny is that if it as Louis Farrakhan wanting to buy a team instead of Rush Limbaugh, the right-tards would have all gone ballistic. Hypocrites.

  155. jay says: Oct 14, 2009 9:57 AM

    Its funny that people are using only one or two comments made by Rush as their defense or support of why it is that he is getting a bum rap, while overlooking that it is the fact of views he has towards minorities and liberal American that makes him derisive and not someone you want to buddy up with unless you too agree with him.
    If you go by the notion that its his American right to pursue his “dreams”, then your right! However, you can’t forget that any negative, racial or any unwelcome rhetoric or the likes of just doesn’t sit well with the general public and especiality when it deals with the people/parties in which he directly will be associating with. The NFL is a fairly liberal, social, and minority operating business, simply something I think Rush is against beside making the “buck”! If wasn’t against that then he wouldn’t accept the amount of money he currently makes.
    As far as if there would be any minority players on the RAMS team if he were to be an owner would be something we all have to wait on. But there is the reason I believe the NFL/Commish would certainly knock that out before ever having to see what extent players would go to either eat crow for a paycheck or stand their ground and wait to play elsewhere. Some could have very strong principles either way.
    You can talk about the wrong doing the NFL(sports figure alike) player do whether on the field and/or off the field, just please don’t make it seem like its only black players guilty of such actions.
    shazard01 says:
    October 13, 2009 7:30 PM
    To answer your dumb question; because the subject at hand is not about Africa and rape. And even if they did go there to talk about change and something did or did not. It still doesn’t change the facts and issues here, whether its Rush or some another person. If your saying this so that Rush doesn’t get called out, then perhaps he shouldn’t speakout!
    TheWizard says:
    October 13, 2009 5:16 PM
    Maybe you should seek to visit the OZ for a clue. Look up the definition for the word “racist”. It doesn’t matter if the NFL had one black player on this very day. If a person is racist then they are. Its not based on the ratio of people to another in a country, on a job or in this case a particular sport!
    There is good and bad across the board. Yeah, Blacks can be racist too. But before you call out the wrongs Black have done and do. We all know we can find a White person thats done equally wrong. I darn you say “you lie”!

  156. FBGeek77 says: Oct 14, 2009 10:22 AM

    Okay, time for a small civics lesson, just to clear up a misconception. A number of people on this thread have argued that if the league does not approve the sale of the Rams to Limbaugh, it would amount to a violation of his legal right to free speech. As usual, people throw around “freedom of speech” without understanding what it really means.
    The first amendment, from which the right to free speech is derived, states: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
    For some reason, people think this means there can be no private-sector consequences for speech, but this notion is patently absurd. That the government cannot infringe upon your right to free expression is (somewhat) clear, but nothing in the constitution, the related laws or the relevant supreme court cases enjoins a private firm from taking punitive action as a result of someone’s speech.
    All that being said, I’ve got no problem with Limbaugh buying the Rams. Just saying, as a franchise operator, the league does, in fact, have the legal right to determine to whom it sells its franchises, and “free speech” doesn’t come into the picture at all.
    Thus endeth the lesson.

  157. duffsbeer says: Oct 14, 2009 10:35 AM

    In my opinion, Rush Limbaugh is an idiot. I don’t agree with his politics, I don’t listen to his show, but I am also free to change the channel.
    However his statement about the McNabb was aimed at the media, not at the NFL. His point about the media, while divisive and attention grabbing, was pretty accurate.
    For Goodell to come out and state that they won’t accept an owner like that yet they promote Rooney who has links to gambling, casinos, race tracks (all great establishments usually tied to organized crime) is ridiculous. Then there are owners like ex-redskin owner Marshall who the NFL enshrined in the pro-football hall of fame. Marshall would brag about his all- white team and had to be forced to accept black players on his team.
    Any league that currently has Jerry Jones, Rooney or Glazer (glorified slum lord in florida in the 1970s) as owners shouldn’t be casting stones about other potential owners.

  158. UncleTuna says: Oct 14, 2009 11:34 AM

    Polarizing Comments…
    This is an anathema in the NFL…
    But being convicted of a crime…
    or more specifically, killing people while carelessly operating motor vehicles under influence is not?
    Or ” he did his time and now let’s forgive?!?”
    Bullshit…
    Double Standards or double standards…
    I don’t care for the gasbag, but at least the guy calls it like he sees it and that’s something this country hasn’t had in a long time; and probably whe he has the ratings that he has…

  159. meezle says: Oct 14, 2009 1:34 PM

    # SmackMyVickUp says: October 14, 2009 5:51 AM
    Do you mean like SUPER BOWL CHAMPION MIKE TOMLIN OF THE 6 TIME SUPER BOWL CHAMPION PITTSBURGH STEELERS?!!
    ————————-
    Won it with Cowher’s team, same team Cowher won with, ready made and experienced for him. Honeymoon is wearing off and they can now barely beat the Lions.
    Not saying minorities are bad coaches, I just don’t see Tomlin proving himself yet.
    ___________________________________
    If thats the case the gruden won it with dungy’s team so we”re right back where we started arent we

  160. Evan says: Oct 14, 2009 2:49 PM

    Being politically correct isn’t being liberal or conservative, it’s being everything to everyone.
    Goodell doens’t want contraversy and thus is opposed to having Rush Limbaugh or Harry Reid or anyone contraversial being an owner or part owner of a franchise.
    Freedom of speech is irrelevant. Goodell is opposed to having Rush as an owner because he sees the potential for the league making less money due to a potential lack of ticket sales and possible protests and boycotts of Ram products. This is all about the bottom line and Rush presents a danger to that.
    Football is one of the rare things that both liberals and conservatives LOVE. The moment you infuse politics into it, you risk alienating one side and losing money. Goodell is a smart businessman evidenced by the continued monetary success of the NFL.
    The reason NFL franchises aren’t open to the highest bidder is because every franchise has a stake in the collective success of the league. If some crazy owner buys a team and pisses off the country so that no one wants to see said team, that means that whenever the team goes on the road, other teams will lose ticket sales. Under the revenue agreements, that team will become a hinderance to the rest of the league. With the stakes in the hundreds of millions, its no wonder that potential franchisees are evaluated under a microscope.
    Most owners are probably cold-hearted Republicans but they’re smart enough to keep their mouths shut.

  161. Geno65 says: Oct 14, 2009 7:12 PM

    If we don’t allow obnoxious buffoons in the NFL we’ll be down to a dozen teams! I say let Rushton Limpballs in! He’s never had a job besides the one his daddy gave him on the radio. He needs to validate himself! The pills didn’t work so now maybe he feels he has to. Being head of the GOP isn’t really work, you know.

  162. SHREK says: Oct 15, 2009 9:21 AM

    I KNOW EACH YEAR WATCHING THE nfl WE HAVE BEEN DISSAPOINTED WITH MORAL OF PLAYERS, BUT NOW THAT THEY WILL NOT LET A GOOD AMERICAN LIKE RUSH OWN A TEAM. THE nfl WILL NOT BE ON THIS YEAR!

  163. Little John says: Oct 15, 2009 1:31 PM

    Goodell, has no experience running a team, and has little or no experience running a business. After, his comments about Rush Limbaugh, he has alienated a large segment of the country and he/NFL will pay for it. Goodell has become a rumpswab for the extreme left wing of this country. He used misquotes, street con-men ( Sharpton and Jesse Jackson), and outright lies ( printed as well as verbal), to make his decision. The owners and players that presently inhabit the NFL they are all cherubs, in Goodell’s estimation. They are in fact a large group of criminals and malcontents of all stripe. The comments above, that indicates glee at this decision is ignorance personified. This decision affects us all, this man Rush Limbaugh, has been villified and maligned due to LIES. He is controversial by desigh due to his job description. He is there to relate info and make us THINK, not just accept the PC pablum. I do on occasion listen to him, but I do not always agree with him. I do almost always find him entertaining and thought provoking. You have kicked this man out of the NFL “family” because of his usage of FREE SPEECH. You have listened to ignorance and made a hasty and an Anti-American type decision. Apparently the NFL has made a left turn away from American values and beliefs. I could go on about how wrong this decision is, … no matter who you decided to exclude. I know that Goodell thinks this will blow over, but for me it will not. I have talked to my brothers and we agreed to no longer buy anything that comes from the NFL ( I have always received jerseys,footballs and Fan stuff from the NFL – always with the NFL logos for birthdays, Chrisitmas, etc … no more)) no longer will we go to any NFL Games. To hell with you all!

  164. TheLastAmerican says: Oct 16, 2009 12:48 AM

    Brent Bozell, president of the Media Research Center, a conservative media watchdog group, has called on CNN and MSNBC to prove Limbaugh actually made the slavery comment or immediately retract and apologize for their role in disseminating the message.
    The CNN and MSNBC ‘news’ networks are guilty of promoting outright falsehoods and purposely using fabricated disinformation created by left-wing radicals to destroy a conservative leader,” Bozell said in a statement released Wednesday. “There is no grey area here. CNN and MSNBC were given ample time opportunity to come clean, but both are continuing to masquerade malicious lies as credible.”
    It is typical of the left wing spin doctors to attack and fabricate statements of conservatives in order to destroy their lives. It is also typical of News Media outlets to publish the alleged quotes as fact with out checking to see if he actually made these comments.
    So I say to you CNN and NBC, do some reporting and show us the proof if there is any, and if not, then you need to retract your slander.

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