NFL commissioner hints that Rush Limbaugh may not be suitable for franchise ownership

This posted by the Washington Post, from the Boston meeting of owners:

Commissioner Roger Goodell said here Tuesday that it would be inappropriate for the owner of an NFL franchise to make the sort of controversial statements attributed in the past to conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh.

“I’ve said many times before we’re all held to a high standard here, and I think divisive comments are not what the NFL is all about,” Goodell said at an NFL owners’ meeting.

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RetiredSoldier

October 13th, 2009
3:12 pm

Strange the NBA doesn’t have trouble with Mark Cuban.

aland

October 13th, 2009
3:37 pm

Mark Cuban only makes controversial comments about david stern and the nba officals. Rush is on a whole different level

William

October 13th, 2009
3:39 pm

Of course Roger Goodell’s problem with Rush is that Rush is conservative and proud of it. This is simply playing the race card in an mild etiquette pretense. Goodell would sell his mother before he would let an outspoken conservative become part of the NFL ownership.

Coastal Cavalier

October 13th, 2009
3:39 pm

Well so much for free speech in this country. Just when was the Bill of Rights repealed?

HoyaLawya

October 13th, 2009
3:40 pm

No controversial statements by owners, but convicted felon players are A-OK!

David

October 13th, 2009
3:45 pm

Mark Cuban does not make controversial comments that wreak with racial overtones like Rush does. I am so glad about what Goodell said about divisive comments. Watch how nasty the racist will become on this blog shortly.

Pete on the Coast

October 13th, 2009
3:46 pm

Aland, you’re wrong. Mark Cuban helped finance a film that suggested Bush was behind the 9-11 attacks. Or maybe that doesn’t strike you as “controversial”. But the more basic question is why should the NFL have a political correctness test for ownership in restraint of an open market? Thought this was a free country . . . .

William

October 13th, 2009
3:46 pm

Coastal Cavalier

October 13th, 2009
3:39 pm
“Well so much for free speech in this country. Just when was the Bill of Rights repealed?”

By the NFL! You know they were already proven guilty of monopoly concerning the USFL. Yes, Mr Goodell the NFL has such high standards!

If Al Sharpton the racist is against it, I am all for it. Tell Reverand Jessie Jackson he may find another girlfriend if he jumps aboard. I am surprised Mr Goodell would even comment on this issure if his standards were high. Lets just bring in racism from the start!

neo-Carlinist

October 13th, 2009
3:52 pm

I am indifferent to Limbaugh and indifferent to the NFL (which once employed me). the NFL is a privately owned and operated business, and true conservatives will embrace the league’s right to endorse or deny ownership; just as Rush has the right to speak his mind (and his listener’s have the right to tune in or tune out). owning an NFL franchise is a priviledge, not a right. God Bless the America, where convicted felons can still find work (NFL and talk radio).

carlton johnson

October 13th, 2009
3:57 pm

Yeah, well, Al Davis, who hasn’t have a cohesive thought in several years is fine, but Rush…not so much.

Poor Limbaugh fans

October 13th, 2009
3:57 pm

Freedom of speech doesn’t guarantee you ownership of a football team. Freedom of speech is not guaranteed to you on any and every platform and media outlet you wish to express yourself. Limbaugh is free to spew his bile and the government is not going to shut him down, or lock him, or come kill him in the middle of the night. No his freedom of speech is well in tack thank you very much.

This is not about freedom of speech. It has to do with money. Freedom of speech does not guarantee you freedom from the consequences of that speech. The consequences of Rush’s expressions of his political perspective is so toxic that it could seriously ruin the league.

This is not political either as the majority of owner are Republicans. If there is going to be any discrimination claims then they would ask why aren’t there more Democrats in ownership positions, it’s not as if there aren’t any rich enough.

Rush is no victim here. He is reaping what he has sowed and that is as it should be in this country. There’s no room for Limbaugh in the NFL. He can go start his own league and you dittoheads can go support him. That is the free market and an option available to to Rush.

Mark

October 13th, 2009
3:57 pm

Williams: Roger Goodell backed John McCain’s campaign over Obama’s. This is not some vast left wing conspiracy, you idiot wingnut. If you need proof, check campaign contributions. He maxed out contributing to McCain.

Norm

October 13th, 2009
3:58 pm

Coastal Cavalier and William
The Bill of Right only applies to the government. They cannot limit what a person says. However, any private enterprise can limit what it’s members say. Have you even read the Bill of Rights?

SuperB

October 13th, 2009
4:05 pm

Rush Limbaugh is a racist and a hate-mongering gasbag for the far right that has taken over the GOP. He preaches venom on a daily basis to his choir– which apparently licks it up like lapdogs. He is the epitomy of an “ANTI-PATRIOT” in America. Intellectually, he is about even with Sarah Palin– a virtual dullard. (He’s almost as mean-spirited as Dick Chaney!)

If he buys an NFL team I am sure I will join millions in NEVER supporting the league again.

Cuz

October 13th, 2009
4:06 pm

The Obama administration will not talk to Fox News. Race baiter Al Sharpton is trying to prevent Rush Limabaugh from partial owning an NFL franchise by calling him a racist. The Nobel Commitee just awarded the Peace Prize to President Obama for a couple of apologies for America being the source of evil in this world. Toto, it looks like we’re not in Kansas anymore.

2Cents

October 13th, 2009
4:06 pm

The NFL has the right to do whatever they want. If they don’t want Rush, so be it.

But I do think some of the ’statements’ attributed to Rush have been proven false, i.e. he didn’t say them, someone made up the quotes. Not all, but some of the more incendiary. It’s too bad we aren’t judged by what we do or say, but by what someone is able to convince others we did or said.

andy

October 13th, 2009
4:08 pm

It is all about money, folks. The NFL is one entity that has a unified fan base (and employees)that spend and spend. Alienate and divide its base (or its players) in any way other that team loyalty, and all of those greenbacks start going away. And so will the NFL as we know it. The commissioners and the owners will be loyal to themselves and their (our) money before anything else.

Mark

October 13th, 2009
4:13 pm

Rush’s comments are far from racist. The true racist are Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton who invoke race and a victim mentality in every issue. They, and many on the left, prefer that minorities are dependent on government and powerless. Why? It gives them all the power. Rush is not a racist and his ideas would further the advance of minorities much faster than the policies of the left the last 50 years. If the NFL denies Rush this opportunity I will cancel my Sunday Ticket and will not go to the 2 games I attend each year. I will also not buy NFL merchandise. I love both college and pro ball and can make sure my dollars are spent on the college side. The NFL is a private entity, but they do have anti-trust legislation which they must abide. Denying Rush may have some legal issues.

Mark

October 13th, 2009
4:15 pm

The NFL can deny Rush, but they let Keith Obermann be a commentator on Sunday Night Football? That’s a little hypocritical.

Lou

October 13th, 2009
4:15 pm

Does Al Davis still own the Raiders????? What a crock!!!

PatrickT

October 13th, 2009
4:16 pm

You can’t touch the quarterback; every receiver claims interference after each missed pass and you can’t celebrate or taunt ? Who would want to own a team in this league ? This ain’t your daddy’s NFL, anymore.

Ed Ruffin

October 13th, 2009
4:17 pm

Commish is gutless. He never says a word about black NFL players who
father countless children out of wedlock. Children with no
father’s is destroying America. Rush is not destroying America. I am
done with NFL!

Disgusted

October 13th, 2009
4:18 pm

I guess in the NFL it’s OK to be involved in a cover-up of a murder (Ray Lewis for one), than speak your mind.

Ira in East Lake

October 13th, 2009
4:20 pm

Wow.

Just, Wow.

homer

October 13th, 2009
4:23 pm

Why don’t some of you on here who are calling Rush a racist provide us one statement he has made that supports your premise? And don’t just regurgitate some of the false/made-up crap that has been attributed to him. A lot of you draw your conclusion from the infamous “McNabb” statement, which was a criticism of the Philadelphia press, and not anything racist about McNabb.

William

October 13th, 2009
4:25 pm

Mark. Wake Up!!!!

Vaughn

October 13th, 2009
4:26 pm

Why do we give in to hate? Does it make us feel better about our own short comings? Hate Obama, hate Vick, hate sharpton and why? And celebrate people like rush for making it worse by saying cruel and hateful things and further encouraging this kind of behavior. Blacks are an easy target our ancestors enslaved them for hundreds of years – this country was built off of the labor of slaves but somehow we expect their descendants to forgive and forget and be happy that they made the boat ride over. And it it’s not the blacks – let’s hate the Mexicans – whose ancestors actually lived here first! Like this is insane …this is truly insane.

JD

October 13th, 2009
4:27 pm

There are plenty of “conservatives” that own NFL teams.

Rush is different in that he is a bigot and a liability.

Rush has never been able to separate his political opinions from any other aspect of his life. Olbermann never brought up politics in his years of sports commentary. Rush has been on how many commentary shows…one, and for one episode. He was never invited back…because he is a bigot.

Over the next several days you all will see most NFL team owners come out against allowing Rush to own any of the Rams…or any other team. The NFL is going to have a makeover in the coming years too. The costs to the NFL in PR dollars because of the action of Vick, Burress, Lewis, etc have been unretrievable. The nickname “National Felons League” is hard to shake.

What will be even harder to shake, should Rush actually get a stake, is the label “National Fascists League.”

Mark

October 13th, 2009
4:27 pm

William: I am awake. Are you? I take it by your non-response that you don’t have one.

Ross

October 13th, 2009
4:29 pm

Mark – can I have your tickets and watch your TV since you aren’t using them? I can shine your shoes if you need it, massah. I’m white though, is that OK?

Ed

October 13th, 2009
4:30 pm

The most egregious of Limbaugh’s alleged racist comments are unsourced. Nobody can find any record of his saying them. No matter. Since when is the lefty press concerned with facts? They are waging a smear campaign against someone they despise, MSNBC being among the most rabid of the malefactors. Their reasons are obvious. Shame on the NFL if they cave in to this sort of politically motivated character assassination.

Poor Limbaugh fans

October 13th, 2009
4:31 pm

The NFL can deny Rush, but they let Keith Obermann be a commentator on Sunday Night Football? That’s a little hypocritical.

No Mark, it’s called NBC employs it’s commentators, not the NFL. Rush was hired by ESPN and he blew it. So far Keith and Dan are doing their sports thing on NBC something Rush was unable to do when given the chance.

Had he stuck to sports when he was given a commentator position over objections from many fans, then he would likely be able to buy a team now without much fuss. But he blew a golden opportunity and interjected race when there was no reason to do so. See perople forget that. There’s no claiming that he didn’t say it either because there’s video of it. Rush had his chance, not Al Sharpton, but Rush Limbaugh, and he f’d up.

All of you bringing up your favorite liberal boogeymen like Al Sharpton, well they aren’t trying to but a NFL team are they? Their behavior does not excuse Rush’s behavior. Personal responsibility right?

Rush said this

October 13th, 2009
4:32 pm

I mean, let’s face it, we didn’t have slavery in this country for over 100 years because it was a bad thing. Quite the opposite: slavery built the South. I’m not saying we should bring it back; I’m just saying it had its merits. For one thing, the streets were safer after dark.

BBro

October 13th, 2009
4:33 pm

Their probably doing Rush a favor trying to keep him out. Talking about racist look what two were the first to open their mouths, Sharpton & Jackson….Those two are about as racist as you can get but it’s ok because they’re black.

Rush said this

October 13th, 2009
4:33 pm

You know who deserves a posthumous Medal of Honor? James Earl Ray [the confessed assassin of Martin Luther King]. We miss you, James. Godspeed

Rush said this

October 13th, 2009
4:33 pm

The NAACP should have riot rehearsal. They should get a liquor store and practice robberies.

Kevin Tucker

October 13th, 2009
4:34 pm

So being “held to a higer standard” in the NFL does not include wife beaters, rapist, killers (of both people and animals), but God forbid you have an opinion different that that of the comissioner. Where is the ACLU to defend Mr. Limbaugh’s constitutional right to free speech.

Rush said this

October 13th, 2009
4:36 pm

regarding blacks ….. They’re 12 percent of the population. Who the hell cares?

Ed

October 13th, 2009
4:39 pm

Congratulations, “Rush said this.” You can copy and paste! Who says the retarded can’t be taught new things?

Poor Limbaugh fans

October 13th, 2009
4:41 pm

He never says a word about black NFL players who
father countless children out of wedlock. Children with no
father’s is destroying America.

Well that’s funny, I could’ve sworn George W Bush was born in wedlock? Same for all those Wall Street types that screwed up the economy, none of them look like Mike Vick to me.Sorry folks, babies born out of wedlock do not destroy a country, but grown ups who can’t accept they aren’t going to be the majority forever do.

Funny how people never mention those out of wedlock babies who fight for their country, give their lives, or help protect the community. It’s always someone else’s fault. Personal responsibility goes out the door when you have to give trillions of dollars to “in wedlock babies” in order to keep the country fron going under.

Don’t get it mixed up.

And for those who keep saying the quotes attributed to Rush are made up. You need to learn how to Google, how to navigate to Youtube, and shut your mouths. Rush is on tape saying these things, y’all really are sad. I feel sorry for you, not anger, but sorrow at how hateful you are, you too will reap what you sow as well.

JAMES

October 13th, 2009
4:44 pm

I love how people try to make this about some conspiracy against conservatives, when 31 of 31 owners are conservatives and regardless of what anyone thinks, they are the ones who control Limbaugh’s destiny. Limbaugh can say whatever he wants, I think most of the stuff he says is ignorant, but hey that’s his right.

Dittoheaded Idiots

October 13th, 2009
4:46 pm

Alas, so many dimwitted dittoheads, so little time.

Mark:
Limbaugh was quoted as telling an African American female caller who disagreed with him to “take the bone out of her nose.” That’s not too racist, is it? He also said “slavery wasn’t bad” because it “built the South.” That’s not racist either, to you, I guess. And both of these quotes, along with many other idiotic things he’s said, are verified. Bottom line, if it talks like it, walks like it and acts like it, call it what it is: racist. You CANT possibly be that stupid, Mark. But then again …

Ed Ruffin:
You make a valid point about my fellow African American men – NFL players and regular citizens – being absentee fathers. However, there are several white players who’ve done the same, namely a guy named Tom Brady. While having children out of wedlock is a serious issue that MUST be addressed in the African American community, be careful with the stereotypes/generalizations.

Disgusted:
Ray Lewis plead guilty to obstruction in the pre-Goodell NFL. Though he didn’t kill anyone, I’m sure had Goodell been in charge at the time, he would have faced a significant suspension (at least half a season). Limbaugh, on the other hand, has made racists statements about a group that makes up more than half of the players in the League. One owner – Colts’ Jim Irsay – has already said he doesn’t want Limbaugh in his “fraternity.” Maybe next time the guy with the self-proclaimed “talent on loan from God,” will have the good sense and decency to not make such comments. At least not in public.

JAMES

October 13th, 2009
4:46 pm

I meant 31 of 32

reebok

October 13th, 2009
4:47 pm

Rush has the absolute right to say any idiotic things he wants to say to keep his fringe heated up and foaming at the mouth. However, he should not expect that the crazy-a$$ stuff he spews will have no consequences. One of those consequences apparently is that he’s not going to get to own an NFL franchise. I’m sure he’ll live, AND get plenty of mileage out of it on his cute little AM radio program.

Rush said this

October 13th, 2009
4:48 pm

he is on you tube saying this stuff as well. i can copy and paste the URLs for you Ed (smile) – you dont know what a URL is do you? 5 bucks says without surfing the web you cannot tell me what URL is an acronym for – hell i’ll even spot you a word – “uniform” LOL now go!

Rush said this

October 13th, 2009
4:59 pm

he said these things- bottom line he is a prick

pathetic

October 13th, 2009
5:02 pm

Deny Rush but let the most hypocritical, non-American, “sicko” Keith Obermann commentate…that is why NFL will stuggle soon. College Football is way better anyway. I could care less about Rush and don’t like him at all, but this is completely hypocritcal. In the meantime, why should Sharpton or Jackson or Obama have any say in anything…they all have lived on welfare, free education, free housing, free food stamps and don’t nothing to help minorities succeed except how to get more out of the real taxpayers who have worked long and hard…none of them have ever had a real job or made a contribution to society.

good stuff

October 13th, 2009
5:09 pm

i mean the real reason he’s wants to be an owner is the easy access to the prescription painkillers the injured players are using.

Mark

October 13th, 2009
5:09 pm

You might as well come over and get the TV now, the tickets, and let me give you a few bucks for the chips and beer. The redistribution of wealth sought after and documented by this administration will eventually get to that anyway.

Please post those URL’s for the youtube clips. Make sure they are full clips with all of the context taken into account. I would like to see them….

Rush said this

October 13th, 2009
5:10 pm

pathetic…you sir are just that. None of the men you named have ever lived on welfare, are all successful- (have a net worth over 1 mil. dollars) and are respected all over the world. while you are likely not very popular outside of your own home.