Will Rush the Racist run the Rams?

Rush describes how many Black players will be on the Rams when he owns them.

How many Black players are left on the Rams now, Rush?

If starting the season 0-4 wasn’t bad enough, things got even worse for the St. Louis Rams.  Rush Limbaugh is part of a group considering buying the hapless football team. 

The news that Rush, America’s best-paid bigot wants to own the Rams is going  over like a big, smelly fart in NFL locker rooms.   It hasn’t happened yet, but some Black NFL players are making it clear they want no part of a Limbaugh-owned Rams:

Giants defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka says that he’d never play for a Limbaugh-owned team. Daily News. “But I won’t be in St. Louis anytime soon.” 

“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 anytime soon.”

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.”

 If you’re a pro football fan does it really make any difference to you who owns a team? It’s said the only color that matters is green, but would most Black players really refuse to play for a team owned by Limbaugh? 
Would the last Black player on the Rams please turn off the lights?

Would the last Black player on the Rams please turn off the lights?

 I have my doubts. It’s easy to be principled about a situation that hasn’t happened, but there are only 32 teams in the NFL. For a lot of guys that means playing for the Rams or not playing at all.  Pro football careers are brief. Would a young kid out of college pass up millions of dollars because they disagreed with how the owner made his fortune?

Many people will stand on principle right up to the point where those principles are tested. That’s when presented with the choice between an abstract principle and a large stack of money, they just might begin to fidget.

While Mr. Limbaugh is a rather conservative fellow, NFL owners aren’t exactly wild-eyed liberals themselves and they don’t like controversy. From what I’ve read, Limbaugh would be part of an ownership group, not the principle owner. He might be able to squeak in, but I have a feeling the NFL would rather Rush enjoy the game as a guest in a luxury box, not the owner of a team.

There’s no sugarcoating Limbaugh’s long record as a racial arsonist.

  • ok, 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.
  • They’re 12 percent of the population. Who the hell cares?
  • Take that bone out of your nose and call me back.
  • Have you ever noticed how all composite pictures of wanted criminals resemble Jesse Jackson?
  • They oughtta change Black History Month to Black Progress Month and start measuring it.
  • Sorry to say this, 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. The media has been very desirous that a black quarterback do well. (on Philadelphia Eagles QB Donovan McNabb, 2003)
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     I’m not  interested in trying to prove to anyone’s satisfaction beyond mine own that Rush is a racist. If you want to tell yourself that someone with a history of making racially insulting, insensitive and inflammatory remarks is just “a entertainer” that’s fine by me. Maybe appealing to bigotry and ignorance is the kind of crap that entertains some people.

    There is no way in a league that is 70 percent Black, the NFL can allow anyone as openly bigoted as  Limbaugh to own a franchise. While there will always be those who don’t care what the man who writes their checks thinks of them as long as they don’t bounce, others will make it clear they want no part of a team owned by an avowed racist.

    The NFL is a conservative organization whom according to Dave Zirin, the sports columnist for The Nation, over 20 years, 22 officials of 32 franchises have contributed more money to the Republicans than Democrats. Rush wouldn’t be unwelcomed because he’s a conservative. He’d be unwelcomed because he’s too divisive and controversial for the league.

    Let’s say Limbaugh is approved as the new owner of the Rams.  One of his first orders of business would probably be to sack the current coach.   New ownership probably means a new coach and General Manager.  The Rooney Rule compels NFL front offices to seek qualified minority candidates for these positions. What’s an avowed opponent to racial diversity and inclusion like Limbaugh going to do when he’s told he must consider Black candidates?

    Who’s he going to interview?  Clarence Thomas or Michael Steele? 

    It would be interesting to see what kind of players a Limbaugh-owned Rams might draft or go after in free agency. It might not be as much of an issue of Black players refusing to play for the Rams as it is Limbaugh wouldn’t want them in the first place.

    Rush Limbaugh could well be the NFL’s next George Preston Marshall , the racist who was the last NFL owner to intergrate his team. As much as Commissioner Roger Goodell stresses the importance of character, is a character like Limbaugh and his ass-backwards attitudes on race really the kind of owner the league wants?

    How it’s going to work that the guy who publicly proclaimed that he wants the nation’s first Black president to fail then turns around and expects the predominantly Black players of the NFL to come play for his team.   That’s a non-starter.  Or imagine if Limbaugh gets lucky and the Rams win a Super Bowl within Obama’s time in office.   The Rams might be the first team not to get invited to the White House.

    The St. Louis Rams can suck just fine without America’s most caustically corrosive commentator contributing to their misery. Rush should be flushed.

    Stick to baseball, Rush.  The ball is small and white.  Just like yours.

    Stick to baseball, Rush. The ball is small and white. Just like yours.

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    20 thoughts on “Will Rush the Racist run the Rams?

    1. What evedence do you have taht Rush is racist? that’s the thing about Liberals. they shoot off there mouth without having facts to support them. i’m a black conservative man who despise obama and want his policies to fail

      Obama lies constantly and I’m ashamed of all my black brothers and sisters who are ignorant to believe everything obama say and does. Or simply don’t care because he looks like us. I’m sick to death of my people being taking for a ride by big Government. too many of us just don’t get it. we will never advance as long as you let someone else take care of you instead of striving to do better for yourself. when i heard those ladies on Tv who are homeless and they were going to participate in the program to help them get a home. i was embarrassed by the words they spoke. how could they not know where the money was coming from? But as rush said these women are model citizens in obama utopia world.

    2. It is clear that the writer of this rant has listened to every minute of Rush’s fifteen hours per week and gathered up all these quotes, or copied the list from Media Matter or MoveOn.org.

      I hear the same quotes and most of the time Rush is saying these things using his favorite media vehicle ILLUSTRATING ABSURDITY BY BEING ABSURD. A lot of it is SATIRE, although I doubt if many of the Rush haters would recognize it if it bit them in the ass.

    3. I deleted a comment from Mr. Reh Dogg that I believe was directed at Mr. Black Independent (sorry I’m I got your gender wrong).

      We don’t tell each other to G.F.Y. on my blog, sir. It’s not nice and it’s damned rude.

      I think Mr. Dogg believed Mr. Black Independent was being critical of him, when in fact he was agreeing with him. You gents may believe whatever you want to believe, but there will be no flame wars here.

    4. Why is Limbaugh a “racist”, a “bigot”? Because he said the NFL might have a ‘community’ interest in promoting successful black quarterbacks? Since they tend to be underrepresented at that position, i.e. given their overall numbers in the league. (By the way, does that mean NFL coaches are racist?) Is that implausible? What is racist about that?

      If I say that black men are less than 10% of the population in the US but commit more than half of all murders — which is a statistical fact — does that make me a racist?

      It’s absurd to extrapolate from Limbaugh’s comments to say he would not want black players.

      But that’s what America, in many ways, has become: absurd.

    5. I am so sick of this world. some blacks cant let it go. some whites can let it go.Yes, its an imperfect world.crappy things have happened.any second spent in the past keeps us “in chains” to get to our present and future.Objecting to limbaugh owning a team WHILE continuing the argument of his comments is FUTILE AND UNNECESSARY. Let it go. He didnt MEAN in his comments what YOU and others NEED THEM TO BE. A PERPETUAL RACE ARGUMENT. I would argue that “I wish he hadnt said what he said” ONLY for this crap right here. His comments would get misinterpreted and used for race conversation……….GREAT POST “EH”

    6. Mr. Winbush,

      If you and all of your buddies in the media actually listened to Rush and didn’t just take his quotes out of context you would understand that Rush is not a racist.

      If you listened to his show you would know that Rush’s right-hand man, Bo Snerdley (aka James Golden), is an African-American man that serves as Rush’s official call-screener and a person that Rush communicates with throughout each show.

      Do you honestly believe that this man, an African-american male, would work for a racist bigot for this many years???

      Rush also, when discussing the NFL on his program, brings on one of his good friends Ken “The Hutch” Hutcherson who is also an African-American male who was a standout professional football player back in the 1970’s. Again I ask the question, “Would this African-American man, who obviously follows Rush and listens to his show on a regular basis, align himself with someone who is a racist bigot?”

      Next time you write a piece on Rush, please do what no one else in your profession will do and do some real research…heck, maybe even consider asking the man himself because he has said multiple times he’d love to be interviewed by the people doing these hit pieces.

      Do everyone a favor and be a real journalist next time and do your homework.

      Dittos…

    7. Rush Limbaugh can’t be racist!

      Any perception of racism by a right-winger is simply imaginary.

      The right can’t be racist, since the right-wing says there is no such thing as racism by the right-wing.

      Only minorities, liberals and Democrats can be racist, but not Republicans and the right-wing.

      Oddly enough, that allows the right-wing to be as racist as they want, since right-wing racism doesn’t exist.

    8. @Reh Dogg: No, Rush is very clear in what he says. If you listened to his “obama’s america” comment you’ll see that it was a bigoted and unjustifiable comment. You just don’t want to see it, and that’s fine but keep him out of the NFL.

    9. @Weeber You can say as you will but have the facts to back it up because I hope he sues the hell out of all you Liberal idiots who write and spread lies on your silly left-wing blogs. Don’t tell me what I don’t want to see. You can take your comments print them out and wipe your butt with them.

    10. I hope Rush follows through on his threat to sue those media types who have posted the slanderous and untrue comments that he supposedly made. Then all the world can see what the liberals refuse to, and that is they are the ones who have the market on racism. All you have to do is disagree with a black politiciain and you are a racist. I never one time heard a liberal say that Sheila Jackson Lee’s or Al Sharpton’s disagreements with Bush is race based.

      Racism NEVER rears it’s ugly head unless a LIBERAL brings it up. I would like to see some evidence to prove THIS wrong.

      Anyway, Right wingers CAN be racist. Strom Thurmond was a racist, but so was Robert Byrd. I think most of the posters here are too young to know who either of them are, though.

    11. Ok, “blackindependent”, then give some context to the “Obama’s america” comment, or the “they’re just 12 percent of the population who cares?”. You guys are ignorants, Rush does this on purpose, he knows who are his listeners and HE KNOWS that being that much of a bigot helps him BIG TIME.

    12. Weeber:

      The “Obama’s America” comment by Rush that I believe you are referring to was made in regards to the Newsweek article claiming that people can be born racist. and also in regards to the Belleville school bus incident where the white kid was beat up by an African-American student.

      The point Rush was making is that in “Obama’s America” we were supposed to finally have gotten past racial discord and always looking at things through the racial prism, when in fact it is almost impossible to say anything critically about Obama now and not be labeled as a racist.

      But again, if you understood how Rush uses absurdity to make a point about the absurd you would understand the satirical nature of his comments.

      Look at his quotes in context…you have to understand that context is huge with Limbaugh. 99% of what he says is taken out of context because it is easy to take satire out of context.

    13. I could not disagree with you more Mr. Powers with your “Obama’s America” statement.

      The personal success of Barack Obama no more can be construed as the success of 30 million African-Americans, than Bill Gates or Donald Trump’s success is an elevation of all White Americans.

      It is not impossible say anything critically about Obama and not be labeled a racist. The president can and should be critically evaluated based upon his policies and performance. “Barack the Magic Negro” and calling him a “Halfrican” is not a critical evaluation. It’s just stupid and bigoted. “Post-racial America” exists in the same mythical realm as Oz and Atlantis.

      Absurdity and satire can be used to make light of a self-important politician, but Rush throws in spite, appeals to bigotry and ignorance into the mix. There is nothing satirical about “take the bone out of your nose and call me back.”

      I have never advocated Rush be removed from the air. Millions of people love and are entertained by him. Fine. But don’t try to tell me the problem is I don’t get the joke. I’m smart enough to discern the difference between authentic snark and barely veiled racism.

    14. I cannot give context to the “Obama’s America” comment because I haeven’t heard it. Secondly, I can see from teh dialogue here that most of those who are beating up on Rush ( If a sparrow can really beat up an Eagle) is that they haven’t heard the show more than one or two times oor they just don’t want to know the truth.

      FYI, “Barack The MAgic Negro” was a phrase created by a liberal qriter in the L.A. Times a coipoke iof years ago, which opinied that Whites would vote for Obama to assuage their “guilt ” feelings over the PAST history of racism in America.

      Rush played up the comments on his show and even played over and over a parody by Paul Shanklin with the same title. Naturally the media only told PART of that story, attributing the entire episode to Rush, and those who are so focused on racism didn’t even bother to verify if it was true.

      Same thing with the “Slavery had it’s merits” comment attributed to Rush, but not produced in any form by anyone who claims that he said it. We are all wasting our time with this discussion. Those who will use race as a crutch for their lack of the facts will not change their minds even in the face of a thousand angels.

      It is THEY who are to be pitied. Rush himself said it best yesterday: For anyone to believe most of this crap based on what someone else told them, it is a commentary on THEM”, not Rush.

    15. @JDPowers: Wow, how that has anything to do with Obama? How the fact that Rush was fired from buying the Rams has anything to do with Obama? How is that “Obama’s America”? Obama has never made a divisive comment or incited kids to beat up other kids and even if he has it wouldn’t be a third of what Limbaugh has said on air in his career. You’re a tool.

    16. I never said Obama incited kids to beat up other kids and neither did Rush…and I never even brought up the Rams, so that obviously has nothing to do with Obama.

      I’m trying to make the point that you cannot understand the “Obama’s America” comments Rush has made unless you understand the context in which they were made. They were in no way racially motivated…

    17. @JDPowers: Not racially motivated? Like the part where he said that we should segregate the school buses right? I know that was a “joke” (a bigoted one) but it made clear the racial motivations of his previous comment.

      Look, I know that sometimes Rush’s comments DO get out of context and misinterpreted, the “magic negro” thing is one of those, I LOLed at that actually. But he has some very indefensible comments that he makes because he knows that his ratings will only grow. He admits it himself.

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