Overtime: NFL Players Won’t Rush to Play for Rams

By Melva N. Lloyd

It is no secret that Rush Limbaugh has never been popular amongst, well let’s be honest, anyone.  The radio personality is probably best known for his uber conservative way of thinking; the combination of his outspoken personality and the opportunity to broadcast his thoughts on airwaves across the country have only resulted in pure controversy.  This years’ presidential election and ultimate nomination of Barack Obama sparked Limbaugh to name the 44th president of the United States “Barack the magic negro”, a move that should have ended his radio career. 

Six years ago Limbaugh shocked the sports world when he became the newest addition to ESPN’s NFL Countdown.  All this after the right-wing political commentator called Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb overrated and suggested that the games between the professional players is somewhat of a gang war:

“Look, let me put it to you this way: the NFL all too often looks like a game between the Bloods and the Crips without any weapons.”

Days later ESPN pulled the plug on Limbaugh and his premature sports career, apologizing to fans and players alike.  The NFL thought the Rush Limbaugh storm passed but they had no idea that he would return for more.  On Tuesday it was announced that Limbaugh was apart of a group that desired to buy the St. Louis Rams; and let me put it this way, if the NFL accepts any offer from a man who feels it is ok to verbally attack  members of the black community it would seem as though they are taking two steps back towards the 1960s; an era that we would all like to forget. 

Bart Scott, a linebacker for the New York Jets, has expressed his disapproval with the NFL for even considering Limbaugh has an owner of the Rams.  Scott made it clear to the New York Daily News that he had no interest in suiting up for a Limbaugh-owned team, “I know I wouldn’t want to play for him. He’s a jerk…He could offer me whatever he wanted, I wouldn’t play for him.  My principles are greater and I can’t be bought.”

Scott’s sentiments are shared by players throughout the league.  Rush Limbaugh’s outrageous antics have been overlooked for too long now and his involvement with any NFL team would be a slap in the face to those who are trying to progress in a nation now built on hope and change.  Limbaugh should stick to his day job, and although that requires him spewing his republican ideologies to millions of listeners, at least there is an off button that can be utilized.

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