October 14th, 2009
06:30 PM ET
5 years ago

Limbaugh dropped from group seeking to buy NFL team

Limbaugh is out of the group seeking to buy the St. Louis Rams.
Limbaugh is out of the group seeking to buy the St. Louis Rams.

(CNN) – The group of investors seeking to purchase the NFL's St. Louis Rams is dumping Rush Limbaugh from their effort after NFL executives, players and political leaders raised objections to the controversial talk show host's involvement in the bid.

Sports media executive Dave Checketts, who is leading the group, announced the decision in a statement issued Wednesday by his office.

"Rush was to be a limited partner - as such, he would have had no say in the direction of the club or in any decisions regarding personnel or operations," the statement said. "This was a role he enthusiastically embraced."

"However, it has become clear that his involvement in our group has become a complication and a distraction to our intentions; endangering our bid to keep the team in St. Louis. As such, we have decided to move forward without him and hope it will eventually lead us to a successful conclusion."

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  1. Joshua College Station Texas

    Ha ha Rush, you got what was coming to you.

    No doubt you'll have snide remarks for all instead of simply accepting responsibility for your past actions. But here's hoping you won't!

    October 14, 2009 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  2. A Kickin' Donkey

    May this mark a day that American Society made a turnaround.

    This man has been denied something because of what comes out of his mouth. There is the start of accountability.

    October 14, 2009 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  3. Robert

    Too bad we can't drop him from humanity.

    October 14, 2009 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  4. Larry

    Any sentence that has the word DUMPING and the word LIMBAUGH in it, is a great sentence

    October 14, 2009 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  5. Chtei

    Thank God, this man is an absolute nut and does not need to bring his hate-mongering and racist political views to a sport that sees no political wingnuts influencing it.

    October 14, 2009 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  6. Marie Laveaux

    Clearly a victory for the Rams and the NFL. I hope Rush gets the right idea from this decision, but I doubt it. I know he thinks the evil liberals are behind this, I am sure he could never admit that his meaness offends most people. I am delighted that this move will hurt him in the wallet, the only thing he truly cares about, it seems.

    October 14, 2009 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  7. Ex-NC-Pub

    "Dropped?" How stupid; someone should have signed him to a contract. He is larger than most NFL line men and already on drugs...

    October 14, 2009 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  8. Ted

    Limbaugh got dropped? Get ready for a crater!

    October 14, 2009 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  9. Bassman

    David Schuster of MSNBC reported Sarah Palin's daughter wanted $300.000.00 from People mag. for baby pictures, Sarah was asking 11 million for her book deal, and Todd and Sarah embezzled to build their home. All Slanderous lies. Liberal reporters need to be held accountable for their lies. Rick Sanchez and David Schuster should be fired. WE ARE TIRED SEEING THESE REPORTERS WHO HAVE THEIR OWN AGENDA.

    October 14, 2009 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  10. Ivan

    Yes, Limbaugh there are consequense for your denigrating our President.
    Just as you and the other right-wing talking heads went after the Dixie Chicks, you are getting a taste of the same outrage.

    October 14, 2009 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  11. MLH

    You reap what you sow. You want to make a fortune out of being a big mouthed, bad tempered jerk, maybe you don't get every little thing your heart desires. Buck up though Rush, you still have your radio show. And now you can use it to tell us how you have been wronged.

    October 14, 2009 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  12. worriedmom

    Won't be watching the Rams. Amazing how people can call Limbaugh a "racist" when you have the Al Sharptons, Jesse jackson's Congressional Black Caucus and others in the world putting down a white man.
    Just get over it!

    October 14, 2009 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  13. steve

    Wow, business is business

    October 14, 2009 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  14. Sany

    This would have been another avenue for creating more drama for this unhappy, disfunctional Man.

    October 14, 2009 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  15. gl, Pittsburgh

    No one is to blame but Limbaugh, himself and only himself. You reap what you sow He lost because of you racist mouth and the negative affects it could have had on the NFL and it's players. Republicans, the defenders of capitalism and all things business should understand this better than the rest of us. Business is business. Practice what you speak and stop complaining.

    October 14, 2009 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  16. Nevada dude

    Right on Right on, aint that right brother Windbag?!!

    He will NEVER be a part of the NFL because he is an unrepentant BIGOT.

    October 14, 2009 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  17. jersey girls

    how does it feel to have egg scrambled all over your face?

    October 14, 2009 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  18. henriettap

    Rush feels like the Democrats had something to do with his being ousted,he needs to realize that he likes controversy the NFL does not need him always stirring up trouble with his negative rhetoric.

    October 14, 2009 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  19. CBH

    The last thing the NFL needs is race problems. That is all Rush Limbaugh would bring to the league. I love football, but if the league would allow such a hateful man to be a league owner, then would stop tuning in on NFL games on Sundays.

    Chuck

    October 14, 2009 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  20. jim

    He doesnt really care since he found out it wasnt true he would have access to all the free pain medication and twinkies he wanted!

    Look what your big mouth got you rush...Now go ahead and blame Obama and liberals for your own behavior!

    October 14, 2009 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  21. normajean

    Rush has made it quite public that all he cares about is money and the power it brings. Maybe he is about to find out that money isn't everything. He tries to give the impression that he is master of his universe, but every so often a touch of insecurity shows on his face. And so it should. With no more than a high school education and a career of nothing but talking into a microphone, he makes up most of what he says and the rest is just hearsay anyway.And a lot of suckers buy it "hook, line and sinker"

    October 14, 2009 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  22. Alex of WSU

    I don't know, I just think that this thing has been blown out of proportion. Sure, what he said was wrong, but it was in the past. I don't think he is a racist man, I think people just call him that to shoot him down.
    Also, if a Democrat would have said what Rush had said, I bet this would not mean much, if anything to anybody in the league. Don't get me wrong, I am not a fan Rush Limbaugh in any way, shape, or form, I just think some of the players and owners who were opposed to him also had a political bias, something that should be left out when dealing with things like this. I mean come on, it's football.

    October 14, 2009 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  23. Steve in Denver

    Any plan that dumps limbaugh is bound to be more successful. Can we get am radio to follow suit?

    October 14, 2009 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  24. LaVon Hummel

    Well I think this is a a rightous Move from, the NFL. They stood up and did the right thing. Now if some folk would stand up and turn off his fear base. Hate Mongering. show, and I mean show . That would be the Best thing.

    October 14, 2009 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  25. Preston kathy

    kathy preston thank god rush can not get his dirty hands on the rams keep the nfl clean

    October 15, 2009 01:27 am at 1:27 am |
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