NFL Made the Right Choice - Justified

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Love him or hate him (Rush Limbaugh) did the NFL make the right choice in denying Rush the chance to own part of a team?

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Posted by in Sports / Football on 10/31/09

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LIBERAL - 1/16/10 @ 8:01 PM:
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On April 14, Limbaugh suggested the "correct" way to look at a situation in which Obama sent the military to retrieve American hostages from Somali pirates was that "if only President Obama had known that the three Somali community organizers were actually young, black Muslim teenagers, I'm sure he wouldn't have given the order to shoot.

On June 22, Limbaugh said, "What they don't know is that Obama's entire economic program is reparations. If I were [Al] Sharpton, if I'd been guest-hosting Sharpton's show, and I got a call like that, somebody complaining, I'd say, 'No, hey, hey, hey. Shh, shh. Let me tell you the truth here. Everything in the stimulus plan, every plan he's got is reparations. He gonna take from the rich, he's gonna take from the -- he's gonna give it to you. It just can't happen overnight. Be patient.' That's what's -- redistribution of wealth, reparations, returning the nation's wealth to its rightful owners, whatever you want to call it, it's reparations."

For anyone who believes that Rush Limbaugh's comments are routinely taken out of context please read the above comments. These are NOT taken out of context. These are his words, as they were spoken on his own radio show. And they ARE racist. So let's not feign ignorance to his obvious beliefs.

As far as the NFL denying him the right to own part of one of their teams, that decision was WRONG. The NFL should never have been allowed to refuse him that right.

I don't mind that people defend Mr. Limbaugh, as long as they do so for the right reasons. However, do not defend him and claim he has not made racist comments when clearly he has. Mr. Limbaugh, like most of his followers forget that his mouth is often his own WORST enemy.

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mama kaz - 12/6/09 @ 12:24 PM:
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Oh, I forgot. He says mean things about Obama so I guess that makes him racist.
Tomegun - 12/9/09 @ 11:18 AM: Rival | Side A
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So are you saying that every quote from Rush was taken out of context? As far as making comments about Obama 1) I thought Rush was an idiot/racist before Obama was elected and 2) Those comments would only make him 50% racist since Obama is only half black (ha ha).

There are many quotes put out about Limbaugh, but here are some that I found:

1. Have you ever noticed how all composite pictures of wanted criminals resemble Jesse Jackson?
2. Take that bone out of your nose and call me back.
3. In 1992, on his now-defunct TV show, Limbaugh expressed his ire when Spike Lee urged that black schoolchildren get off from school to see his film Malcolm X: "Spike, if you're going to do that, let's complete the education experience. You should tell them that they should loot the theater, and then blow it up on their way out."
4. In a similar vein, here is Limbaugh's mocking take on the NAACP, a group with a 90-year commitment to nonviolence: "The NAACP should have riot rehearsal. They should get a liquor store and practice robberies."
5. When Carol Moseley-Braun (D-IL) was in the U.S. Senate, the first black woman ever elected to that body, Limbaugh would play the "Movin' On Up" theme song from TV's Jeffersons when he mentioned her. Limbaugh sometimes still uses mock dialect -- substituting "ax" for "ask"-- when discussing black leaders.
6. Once, in response to a caller arguing that black people need to be heard, Limbaugh responded: "They are 12 percent of the population. Who the hell cares?"

To someone black, you would have to prove - without doubt - that each one of these incidents are absolutely false or he is a racist plain and simple.

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mama kaz - 12/6/09 @ 12:22 PM:
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I think it's always wise to look at entire clips before making up your mind about another person. I have found that the wonderful world of digital makes it possible to cut and clip until you can make people say what you want to hear them say. This happens all the time. Take the time to watch the entire clips before calling someone a racist or anything else. Rush is a pompous ass sometimes but I listen to him at least once or twice a week and I've never heard him make a racist comment.

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Tomegun - 11/28/09 @ 12:18 AM:
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I would like to know someone's definition of racist is Rush isn't racist. Amazing.

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mama kaz - 11/4/09 @ 3:36 PM:
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I just heard a black Fox News contributor (very liberal) comment this morning that the only reason republicans won the two elections that were just held were because blacks just weren't interested enough to go out and vote like they were when Obama was running. I think he's right and I think Rush could be right about Colin Powell. Who cares why he threw his support to Obama? He had every right to do what he did. A lot of black people went out and voted (for the first time) in the presidential election simply because a black man was running for office. Is this any better than all the racist white people down in Alabama who rabidly cheer for their black football team but think that blacks are second class citizens in their everyday life? That is stupid and ignorant and so is voting by race but it happens. Racism exists on all sides.
DollyFan - 11/5/09 @ 10:15 AM: Ally | Side B
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Good point.

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DollyFan - 11/2/09 @ 11:34 AM:
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Limbaugh has expressed a number of controversial racial ideas in the past. For example, he suggested that Gen. Colin Powell supported Barack Obama's presidential candidacy simply because he was black, and he also stated that the media wants black quarterbacks to do well and that Donovan McNabb doesn't deserve much of the credit he has received for the Eagles' success.

These are just some of the statements, Limbaugh has made. He may not come out directly saying he hates black people but he definitely hints that undertone.

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DollyFan - 11/1/09 @ 7:06 AM:
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Again, we live in a free country. If someone who makes racist comments wants to purchase a football team, who are we to stop him. If he owned it, I wouldn't play for his team. I wouldn't watch his team. I wouldn't purchase any of his teams memorabilia. I would be boycotting his "company" and wouldn't allow him to have any of my money. Of course, that's the only reason you would want to be a team owner. In a free country, he has the right to own a team and we have a right to boycott.

Of course, I don't understand why a man who makes comments about blacks and who says, "The NFL all too often looks like a game between the Bloods and the Crips without any weapons." would be interested.

Also, don't misunderstand. I realize there is a difference between a free country and a country who treats all of it's citizens equally. America is a free country that does not treat all of it's citizens equally. It's just that this issue only involves one of these, so that is why I can support Rush's right to own, even though I can't stand him personally. It's because I'm one who DOES believe our country shouldn'y just be about freedom but should also include equal rights for all!
Kazzy - 11/1/09 @ 9:11 AM: Ally | Side B
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While I agree with a majority of what you said I don't agree with the assertion that Rush is a racist. I have a hard time concluding racism with the bloods and crips analogy offered by Rush. For kicks and giggles I wiki'd Bloods and Crips and while both gangs primarily consist of African American males they also welcome other races and sexes.
(Read this link and you might understand Rush's comment and love for foot ball a bit more.)
http://michaelinmi.wordpress.com/2009/10/14/rush-limbaughs-nfl-bloods-vs-crips-quote-in-full-context/
Fergi, J-lo, and Jayz are all professional team owners. I LOVE the hypocrisy.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xMYwM9m1JO0
Dollyfan, you are right. We all have the power to boycott those who we disagree with, aside from voting it's the most powerful thing we can do besides actively campaigning against a person, company, or group. If you don't like Rush, don't watch the games, don't purchase the merchandise.
I love how everyone from Jesse Jackson to Al Sharpton to members of congress polluted the airwaves with their comments when the only comments that deserved any bearing were those of the players and personel associated with the Rams and yet I didn't hear them because of the sideshow of the rest of the media.
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