Sharpton: Limbaugh Should Not be Allowed to Own NFL Team

Sharpton: Limbaugh Should Not be Allowed to Own NFL Team

Published October 13, 2009

Radio shock-jock Rush Limbaugh won’t be owning an NFL franchise, if the Rev. Al Sharpton has anything to do with it. 

In a letter sent to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Monday, Sharpton asked the commissioner to prevent the racially incendiary conservative commentator from purchasing the St. Louis Rams. Limbaugh announced recently that he had hooked up with Dave Checketts, owner of the St. Louis Blues hockey team, to buy the team.

Limbaugh, who was fired from ESPN in 2003 after racially divisive comments about Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb, had been downright “anti-NFL” with many of his remarks, Sharpton says.

Limbaugh’s statement that McNabb was highly touted because the media was hungry to see a successful Black quarterback wasn’t his first comments to rile the African-American community.

Consider these, a few of the many comments that helped cast him as a foe of Black folks: “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”; “You know who deserves a posthumous Medal of Honor? James Earl Ray [the confessed assassin of Martin Luther King] …. We miss you, James. … Godspeed”; “Have you ever noticed how all composite pictures of wanted criminals resemble Jesse Jackson?”



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