Al Sharpton Seeks To Prevent Limbaugh From Buying NFL Team; Some Players Won’t Play
Al Sharpton has fired off a letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell asking him to reject the effort by Rush Limbaugh to buy the St. Louis Rams.
In the letter, Sharpton tells Goodell, “Rush Limbaugh has been divisive and anti-NFL on several occasions with comments about NFL Players including Michael Vick and Donovan McNabb.”
In 2003, Limbaugh famously argued that Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb was getting special treatment in the press because the media wanted to see a black quarterback succeed.
But in his letter, Sharpton brought up another Rush-centric controversy, adding that Rush’s “recent statement that the NFL was beginning to look like a fight between the Crips and the Bloods without the weapons, was disturbing.”
And some black players are saying that they won’t play for a team headed by Limbaugh.
[New York Jets linebacker Bart] Scott says players remember what Limbaugh said [about Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donavan McNabb], and adds that the NFL would be wise not to allow the nationally syndicated host into the league.
“It’s an oxymoron that he criticized Donovan McNabb,” Scott said. “A lot of us took it as more of a racial-type thing. I can only imagine how his players would feel. I know I wouldn’t want to play for him. He’s a jerk. He’s an —. 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.”Click here for reuse options!
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