Rush Limbaugh wants a piece of the St. Louis Rams, but Al Sharpton is doing everything he can to block him.
Whoever said the action in the NFL was all on the field lied. According to NPR, there’s drama on the sidelines between political activist Rev. Al Sharpton and conservative radio personality Rush Limbaugh, who is part of a bid to buy the team.
Al recently composed a letter NFL commissioner Roger Goodell attacking Rush, stating that Rush is "anti-NFL" and that his comments are sometimes "disturbing." Some of Rush’s more famous comments include a comparison of violent gangs the Crips and the Bloods to football teams.
Besides Al, writers are coming out of the woodwork to oppose the bid, including St. Louis Post-Dispatch columnist Bryan Burwell, who printed this quote from Rush:
"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."
Donnell Alexander wrote a column for The Root, pointing out another of Rush’s questionable comments while he was working a pre-NFL game.
"Limbaugh labeled the great Donovan McNabb pro sports’ most visible affirmative action case," wrote Donnell. He also noted that, "This play sounds like a joke, so let’s be done with the punchline: Finally, the GOP’s ultra-magnetic MC may fulfill his lifelong dream and own a bunch of big, black bucks."
Rush has also taken the media stand to acknowledge his detractors. He told MSNBC that his critics are "clueless" and "don’t even listen" to him.