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Race-Baiting Opposition to Rush Limbaugh's Bid for the NFL's St. Louis Rams
October 13, 2009 11:13 AM ET | Peter Roff | Permanent Link | Print
By Peter Roff, Thomas Jefferson Street blog

Washington lawyer DeMaurice Smith wants talk radio's Rush Limbaugh to fail.

Smith, the executive director of the National Football League Players' Association, is trying to make America's football players part of an effort to oppose a bid by Limbaugh and others to purchase the St. Louis Rams football franchise.

In an e-mail to the union's executive committee, ESPN reported Sunday, Smith said he had spoken to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell about the possibility of the league awarding the franchise to Limbaugh and his co-bidders, raising concerns about it while using the language of Limbaugh's political opponents in describing him by implication as a divisive figure who stands for "discrimination and hatred."

It is, to say the least, unusual for a players' union official to take a public position on who should or should not be allowed to purchase a team. Picking a fight with Rush Limbaugh, a Missouri native and self-described football fanatic whose daily radio broadcast has millions of listeners is an activity that doesn't appear to be in the best interests of the sport or the players whom Smith represents. On its face it seems more about political activism than labor relations.

While Smith may be new to football, he's an old political hand—and a well connected one. As the Associated Press reported, Smith was "an NFL outsider" who had no labor law experience to speak of when he was unanimously elected to head the union. What he did have was "ties to President Barack Obama" and a previous working relationship with U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, for whom he worked as a counsel during the Clinton administration when Holder was deputy U.S. attorney general.

Is this simply coincidental? Smith's previous political relationships and his current political allegiances—he is listed as a contributor to Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign—may have nothing at all to do with his picking a public fight with the guy the White House likes to complain about the most. But it sure is curious.

On the other hand, Limbaugh bashing is not new. Back in May, amid the continuing controversy over Limbaugh's remark that he wanted President Obama "to fail" in his efforts to expand the social welfare state, former Clinton pollster Stan Greenberg released a poll purporting to show the radio broadcaster was a drag on the GOP.

Thinking this was the basis of a winning political strategy—and with Obama at a better than 70 percent approval rating at the time perhaps it was—it was off to the races for every Democrat from the White House on down to see who could throw Limbaugh's name around the most. Now that Obama's numbers are out of the stratosphere things are arguably different.

Enter Smith, who has opened up a race-baiting effort to keep Limbaugh's name in the headlines in a most unproductive way. It's fair to ask how such an effort is in the best interests of football, the players and the fans.

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Why do you think they have like no black owners.
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I think the Viking have a black owner so lets not turn this into a race war like everyone else does.
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I think the Viking have a black owner so lets not turn this into a race war like everyone else does.
was a joke
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a divisive figure who stands for "discrimination and hatred."
WTH is he talking about? Isn't it just great when people in a position of power use language like that without backing it up? And this guy is a LAWYER!!?!

Is he talking about the McNabb quote? The sports media at the time was cutting the guy a lot of slack for his lackluster performances, that was the conclusion Rush came to (and he was probably right), there was nothing hateful or discriminatory about it!! If anything, this lawyer is hateful and discriminating.

Rush is an ENTERTAINER who has loads of political savvy and is a proud conservative with a huge audience. Many non-conservatives just can't handle that (hence the repeated efforts to try to enact the "fairness doctrine", ((fairness, that's a laugh)) ).

The NFL has no problem, however, with Ray Lewis or Michael Vick, apparently. But gawd forbid a famous conservative would want to be part of a consortium to buy a team.

Just LOVE the hypocrisy on display here.
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Now see, this is what I'm talkin' about!

"NFL owners who use the n word and wet their pants on stage"

http://bighollywood.breitbart.com/sr...ants-on-stage/
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BTW, Rick Sanchez issued a retraction and apology on CNN today.

But, hey, he still got the result he wanted, didn't he? I hope Rush sues anyway.

http://newsbusters.org/blogs/tim-gra...le-retractions
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WTH is he talking about? Isn't it just great when people in a position of power use language like that without backing it up? And this guy is a LAWYER!!?!

Is he talking about the McNabb quote? The sports media at the time was cutting the guy a lot of slack for his lackluster performances, that was the conclusion Rush came to (and he was probably right), there was nothing hateful or discriminatory about it!! If anything, this lawyer is hateful and discriminating.

Rush is an ENTERTAINER who has loads of political savvy and is a proud conservative with a huge audience. Many non-conservatives just can't handle that (hence the repeated efforts to try to enact the "fairness doctrine", ((fairness, that's a laugh)) ).

The NFL has no problem, however, with Ray Lewis or Michael Vick, apparently. But gawd forbid a famous conservative would want to be part of a consortium to buy a team.

Just LOVE the hypocrisy on display here.
What Rush said about Mcnabb was total crap. The league has a rich history that is full of legends of all races. The league and the media don't need to sugar coat anything just because he is black, and anybody who knows anything about how the fans and media in Philly are, they know that they are really hard on all their teams and players. I don't think he got much slack, considering there was constant talks of him being on his way out of town..

Mcnabb IS a good quarterback and the records don't lie.

NFL records


Most consecutive pass completions, 24; vs New York Giants, Nov. 28, 2004; vs Green Bay Packers, Dec. 5, 2004

Least-intercepted quarterback per pass attempt of all time, (4303 attempts-90 interceptions, 2.09%)

Third-best touchdown-to-interception ratio of all time, (194-90, 2.16) behind Steve Young (232-107, 2.17) and Tom Brady (197-86, 2.29)

One of six quarterbacks of all time to have over 25,000 passing yards and 3,000 rushing yards (alongside Randall Cunningham, Steve Young, Fran Tarkenton, Steve McNair, and John Elway)

Currently the third-highest winning percentage among active quarterbacks (83-45-1, .647) behind Peyton Manning (119-59-0, .669) and Tom Brady (88-25-0, .779)
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Eagles records

Most Career Attempts (4,303)

Most Pass Completions (2534)

Most Passing Yards (29,320)

Most Passing Touchdowns (194)

Most Single-Season Completions (345, 2008 season)

Most Single-Season Yards (3,916, 2008 season)

Most NFC Championship Appearances (5)


So yeah, Rush is pretty much an idiot on that one....

It's those kind of statements that draw controversial attention to Rush, and it's the reason the group of investors chose not to work with him on this investment. I don't think it's any sort of NFL conspiracy to keep him out.
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Here, JB, read this. It's hardly a conservative rag.

http://www.slate.com/id/2089193/


I am more than willing to bet not one of your stats is from the time Rush made that comment, 2003. So what you posted really has no bearing on his statement as Rush was talking about 2003, not predicting the future.

He is anything but an idiot. BTW, he wasn't talking about the Philly media alone, he was talking about sports media in general.

You're also wrong about why the group of investors chose not to work with him. I'm sure they were well aware of his past statements; it happens to be the LIES Rick Sanchez attributed to him - parroted by Jackson, Sharpton, et al - that caused the "distraction" to make them opt out of partnership with him.

Of course, I'm only going by their own public statement, I can't read their minds.
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BTW, Rick Sanchez issued a retraction and apology on CNN today.

But, hey, he still got the result he wanted, didn't he? I hope Rush sues anyway.

http://newsbusters.org/blogs/tim-gra...le-retractions
I didn't know this had been posted when I started my thread!
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