There has been much hoopla about conservative radio commentator, Rush Limbaugh’s intentions of buying the St. Louis Rams. He’s part of an ownership group that is attempting to buy part or majority interest in the team.
For those who don’t know who he is, he’s one of the most listened-to radio hosts in America, with over 20 million listeners every week day. Many of his conservative views have been criticized as being ‘racist’, ‘bigoted’ and ‘homophobic’.
We’re seeing that lack of confidence in Limbaugh with many of the players and a few owners. Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay said that he would vote against a Limbaugh ownership. He commented, “When there are comments that have been made that are inappropriate, incendiary and insensitive … our words do damage, and it’s something that we don’t need.”
The executive director of the NFL Players Association is encouraging players to speak out against Limbaugh owning a team. Several players have already said they would not play for his team, if purchased.
New York Giants Defensive End Mathias Kiwanuka was pretty blunt in his comments to the New York Daily News. Former defensive coordinator, Steve Spagnuolo, coaches the Rams. The Giants defender said even though he admires Spagnuolo, he would rule out playing for him if Limbaugh buys the 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. 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.”
My take on it is like this. Rush Limbaugh is an entertainer, he’s not a journalist.
His words inspire millions of listeners nationwide, which is downright scary! (Does Lee Harvey Oswald sound familiar? James Earl Ray? Timothy McVeigh?)
He gets the job done when it comes to ratings. He brings lots and lots of advertisers to the radio stations he’s on, making tons and tons of money for them. He’s also made lots and lots of money doing what he does best, radio commentary.
Limbaugh can do what he wants with his money, even buy a NFL football team…but don’t expect everyone to support you because of it!
“Words spoken are like eggs broken.” – Sheri Glewen