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Al Sharpton Throws In His Two Cents Agaisnt Limbaugh and the Rams

Considering how controversy-anemic the NFL is, I don't see the owners approving the Limbaugh-Checketts bid to buy the Cardiac Cards ... I mean, the St. Louis Rams. (Did I just tell my age?) With the players' union coming out against the bid that tells you that despite how controversy-anemic athletes usually are (talking to you Stephen A. Smith) even they have drawn a line when it comes to Rush "NFL looks like Crips and Bloods to me" Limbaugh.

Now, because he's never met a controversy he didn't like, the good Rev. Al Sharpton has thrown his two pennies and some change into the fountain to take his turn at the great game of "This Idea Sucks and Here's Why!"

More after the jump.

From The New York Times:

In his letter, Sharpton, the president of the National Action Network, a civil rights organization, said that the N.F.L. should reject the bid by Limbaugh because he would be bad for the league. Goodell is in Boston, attending owners meetings through Wednesday, and will respond to the letter when he returns, the league spokesman Greg Aiello said.

While Stephen A. Smith and, hilariously, Keith Olbermann are among the few voices arguing that Limbaugh should get his shot at the Rams without being branded as a racist idealogue (even though Olbermann has labeled him as such in the past), it's been mostly just spincters tightening and teeth gnashing. Limbaugh, as Chris Matthews predicted on Monday's show, is relishing in playing the "victim," because all the big bad Liberals (and a whole lot of black people) don't want him to buy the team.

What's sad is St. Louis doesn't exactly have this magical history of pristine race relations (who does?), but our fair city is very, very racially segregated and polarized. If you have an hour or two to waste you could hear my father rant about the baseball Cardinals and their anemia to most black and Latin ballplayers who aren't Albert Pujols. Or you can play "find the black person" in the stands during Rams and Cardinals games. He likes that one too. And while no one wants to see the Rams leave our city, St. Louis really doesn't need the drama that would come with a Limbaugh ownership. We're good enough at kicking up hot mess all on our own.

So just as Limbaugh has a right to buy the Rams as much as any other richie rich guy with money to burn, the league, players and others have the right to complain about it. It comes with the territory.

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Reader Comments (11)

You know, I'd be interested to hear what your dad has to say about former Cardinals player Curt Flood.

October 13, 2009 | Registered CommenterLeon X

It is amusing to see Uncle Al trying to keep his name in the media so he can appear to be relevant. I hear that former Mobile judge Herman Thomas needs a character witness.

October 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterScott

People - you are missing the boat on this one. Checketts is a bigger racist than Rush!

"Shall I tell you the law of God in regard to the African race? If the white man who belongs to the chosen seed mixes his blood with the seed of Cain, the penalty, under the law of God, is death on the spot."

Find Dave Checketts, ask him if he still stands behind that statement - if there are no cameras around, he'll say yes.

He does think black people get to go to heaven - as servants,

October 13, 2009 | Unregistered Commentertarheelio

did al say something about the kid who got killed in chicago?

October 13, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterswiv

I wonder if someone could get them to make a deal where Rush could buy the Rams, but he can't appear on radio or tv anymore. :)

October 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMaggie Knowles

Actually, Rev. Al has been on spot, and has been cracking me up. He's been like,

'well, Rush has been all ' big and bad' all these, he has to OWN WHAT HE SAID.'

Man, I cracked up , because you could tell Rev. Al was enjoying it. He was like, let's just go over what Limbaugh said, and began to rattle off some of Rush's biggest hits, and I thought it was too funny for words.

and the thing is, Rev. Al is on the money.

either Big Pharma believes what he said...which makes him a pure-d RACIST..

or, he doesn't...which makes him a PHONEY..

take your pick.


Go Rev. Al.

October 13, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterrikyrah

Curt Flood is a pure American Hero. the players should erect a statue for him.

October 13, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterrikyrah

St. Louis is one of the most racially segregated cities I've ever had the [dis] pleasure of visiting. I was an athlete at a Big Ten university and we had to go there for a meet and I remember walking in and ppl there telling me that I do not belong in their arena that all blacks should be in East St. Louis

October 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCassavaLeaf

Limbaugh's politics are in line with most NFL owners.

October 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterScott

Scott, you need to learn the difference between politics and nasty/racist/controversial statements. Being Republican/Democratic/Independent or whatever is not what stands in the way of someone owning a sports team.

October 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSandra


the other owners didn't make a LIVING financially peddling hate.

October 14, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterrikyrah
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