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!"
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.