The opinions continue to roll in regarding the possibility that radio host Rush Limbaugh will soon own the St. Louis Rams.
Giants defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka says that he’d never play for a Limbaugh-owned team.
“All I know is from the last comment I heard, he said in [President] Obama’s America,
white kids are getting beat up on the bus while black kids are chanting
‘right on,'” Kiwanuka said, per the New York Daily News. “I mean, I don’t want
anything to do with a team that he has any part of. He can do whatever
he wants, it is a free country. But if it goes through, I can tell you
where I am not going to play.
“I am not going to draw a conclusion from a person off of one comment,
but when it is time after time after time and there’s a consistent
pattern of disrespect and just a complete misunderstanding of an entire
culture that I am a part of, I can’t respect him as a man,” Kiwanuka added.
Earlier this week, Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb — the player at the center of the controversy that ended Limbaugh’s on-air role at ESPN after roughly a month — made his own views known.
“If he’s rewarded to buy them, congratulations to him,” McNabb said, per the Daily News. “But I won’t be in St. Louis
Jets linebacker Bart Scott echoed the sentiment. “I know I wouldn’t want to play for him. He’s a jerk. . . . What
he said [about McNabb] was inappropriate and insensitive, totally
off-base. He could offer me whatever he wanted, I wouldn’t play for
him. . . . I wouldn’t play for Rush Limbaugh. My principles are greater
and I can’t be bought.”
In our view, Limbaugh is smart enough to know that his interest in buying the Rams would create this kind of reaction. The only remaining questions, in our view, are whether he’ll paint himself as a victim of bias and intolerance if his bid is withdrawn or rejected — and whether he’ll become a modern-day version of George Preston Marshall in reverse if Limbaugh lands the team.
The late Redskins owner had no black players because he resisted employing them; Limbaugh would potentially have no black players because they would refuse to work for him.