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. Keith Olbermann

    Once again freedom of speech is preached but not practiced.

    October 14, 2009 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    just another example of the double standards in this country....................Rushes's so called inflammatory comments were right on the money................and this comes from a Steelers fan who loved Randell-El....................

    October 14, 2009 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  3. JRodRocks

    Racists will never win. On another note I tried posting this on the HuffPost website.:

    I've got bad news for you folks, Arianna Huffington is your typical blogger. This is what bloggers and talk show hosts do....say and do anything to flare up emotions. As soon as they can bloggers create controversy so they can flare up emotions and get the traffic flow to their websites. Bloggers are no different than talk show hosts..this is all a stunt folks, AH knew folks needed an outlet before Obama won, now she is looking to attract the same on the other side...look at the Huffington Post headlines lately..all negative and all pointed towards the Obama administration. I predict one day people will tune out all the bloggers and all the talk show hosts, they are all in it for the money, play on folks emotions and laugh all the way up to the bank. Wake up people.

    October 14, 2009 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  4. FL

    America home of the free is such a lie these days. Its his money he should spend it where he wants. The left has gone too far welcome the USSR.

    October 14, 2009 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  5. Yossi Gestetner

    Limbaugh's 2003 comments was the main problem for him. but until today, I still do not get one thing: the media, who are mostly people of the left, DO want to see African Americans do well, this is why the left supports Affirmative Action which basically gives a kick-start to people based on their skin color, rather than focusing on talent and skill. Limbaugh, in his mind didn’t (and still does not) think that McNabb is good, yet the media are so excited with McNabb. Why, you ask? Well, the media people – says Limbaugh in his ’03 commentary – are liberals who support Affirmative Action, and they are therefore very desirous that a black does well even if that African American is not up for the job.

    This is what Limbaugh said, in essence. I am adding that if you liberal claim that Limbaugh’s statement is “racist,” you are in other words saying that Affirmative Action is racist, because after all Limbaugh merely pointed out that the media’s love for McNabb is based on Affirmative Action, not on professionalism.

    October 14, 2009 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  6. Linda C in Cal

    BS! The biggest racists here are Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, period.

    October 14, 2009 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  7. CNN 100% censored reader

    So this could mean that Limbaugh has damages if he files a libel suit against all the sports writers, TV network personalities, Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, et al who made false claims about what he never said. This should be a wake up call to ALL who quote unverified
    sources and bloggers who repeat distortions and untruths. Those that live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.

    October 14, 2009 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  8. Oh YEA!!!

    Best News OF the YEAR!!! LOL

    October 14, 2009 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  9. greywolf5

    I was hoping that good ol Rushie would have been given a chance to own a team. This America and a person should be able to make an investment and a living whatever their beliefs. Unless you're the Dixie Chicks.. Then it would be up to the American people to decide whether they were going to support a team that was owned by him. If the team had failed then a significant point would have been made. Namely, that the average American doesn't support his insanity...If it had succeeded, then that would mean something else...

    October 14, 2009 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  10. felicia

    Man oh man the eagle has landed

    October 14, 2009 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  11. tarheel

    This is great news. It's good to see that the black players who represent 70% of the NFL was able to put pressure on Roger Goodel and kept a conservative white Republican from becoming an owner. I mean, what black player wants to be owned by Rush Limbaugh? Perhaps Dave Checketts can persuade a good Liberal Obama man like Keith Olbermann to help buy the Rams. I know he's loud and controversial also, but at least he's a Democrat and nowadays that seems to be all that matters.

    October 14, 2009 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  12. Mike in Dallas

    Being pushed out, marginalized and blackballed is the way this creep should be treated by Republican politicians and voters.

    At least that would be the first step in the GOP regaining some respect from many, many people.

    October 14, 2009 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  13. Foreigner that watches? CA

    Some have called it "reverse-racism"....

    You can call it what you like, it is KARMA.

    What goes around comes around...

    October 14, 2009 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  14. An Upset Republican

    No offense, but having Rush as a minority.... no pun intended... owner, would be like selling the hen house to the fox. He is entitled to his racist opinions; however he needs to understand there are consequences to his actions. The players of the NFL , 70% minority, also have the right to their opinion as well, and they do not want him to be part of their organization....!

    October 14, 2009 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  15. m jeff

    His racists comments do not belong in the NFL, the league will be better without him. He can save his comments for his radio listening base.

    October 14, 2009 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  16. I guess Obama is Cool

    This is a very stupid win for the democrats. I am not proud of this at all. :-/

    October 14, 2009 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  17. Cando

    Thank goodness some people have integrity.

    October 14, 2009 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  18. Chad

    I thought this was a free country! So now if you are a conservative you can't own an NFL team? We are turning into the Old Soviet Union. I don't even recognize this country anymore.

    October 14, 2009 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  19. RCasson

    Limbaugh is a racist pig. This is exactly what he deserves. You reap what you sow...

    October 14, 2009 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  20. Walter

    When the NFL wont even take your money, you must really stink.

    October 14, 2009 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  21. avahome

    What the heck were you thinking? I have my hanky out!

    October 14, 2009 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  22. sharon

    Well, it looks like Rush is experiencing capitalism at its best. Money talks and everything else can walk. With all of his fame and fortune he was becoming a big liability to those who are looking to make lots of money. Now these money makers of course are the big bad liberals. Hehehehehe

    October 14, 2009 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  23. The MAJORITY back Obama and HRC...we elected him.

    Great news!

    October 14, 2009 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  24. Ted Tartaglia

    At least someone is showing some common sense. Why would want a loudmouthed racist like Limbaugh as a part owner of an NFL team? Better yet, why would anyone want to associate with this bigot?

    October 14, 2009 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  25. shovelhead

    A sad day for America when they take to floor in the House of Representatives to tear down an individual involved in a business transaction. Shelia Jackson Lee on the floor and Al Sharpton at their finest. And Oh Yes getting BHO elected has done nothing but help the racist industry.

    October 14, 2009 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
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