Rush Limbaugh: The Race Card, Football and Me

Rush Limbaugh has penned an op-ed in his own defense:

David Checketts, an investor and owner of sports teams, approached me in late May about investing in the St. Louis Rams football franchise. As a football fan, I was intrigued. I invited him to my home where we discussed it further. Even after informing him that some people might try to make an issue of my participation, Mr. Checketts said he didn’t much care. I accepted his offer.

It didn’t take long before my name was selectively leaked to the media as part of the Checketts investment group. Shortly thereafter, the media elicited comments from the likes of Al Sharpton. In 1998 Mr. Sharpton was found guilty of defamation and ordered to pay $65,000 for falsely accusing a New York prosecutor of rape in the 1987 Tawana Brawley case. He also played a leading role in the 1991 Crown Heights riot (he called neighborhood Jews “diamond merchants”) and 1995 Freddie’s Fashion Mart riot.

Not to be outdone, Jesse Jackson, whose history includes anti-Semitic speech (in 1984 he referred to Jews as “Hymies” and to New York City as “Hymietown” in a Washington Post interview) chimed in. He found me unfit to be associated with the NFL. I was too divisive and worse. I was accused of once supporting slavery and having praised Martin Luther King Jr.’s murderer, James Earl Ray.

Next came writers in the sports world, like the Washington Post’s Michael Wilbon. He wrote this gem earlier this week: “I’m not going to try and give specific examples of things Limbaugh has said over the years because I screwed up already doing that, repeating a quote attributed to Limbaugh (about slavery) which he has told me he simply did not say and does not reflect his feelings. I take him at his word. . . . “…

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  • yazi

    In this case the winner is the NFL and its players and fans. The losers are the assholes on both sides of the politcal spectrum. Limbaugh is disgusting, and so are Jackson and Sharpton.

  • Montana

    For so many years Limbaugh has spent his time on the radio mis-labeling or mis-characterizing others . Finally he had his judgment day.

  • Name

    I hate Football and Limbaugh, so I couldn't care less.

  • sororyzbl

    Is that a picture of Rush before he ate William F Buckley?

    • http://disinfo.com Majestic

      Haha, yes I had the same thought. The pic is the one that ran with his op-ed piece in the WSJ and so I imagine he supplied it himself. I wonder if the fat git really thinks he looks like that.

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