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. Bob

    "The devil is a liar".
    "You must not listen to him". – Father Merrin -THE EXORCIST

    October 14, 2009 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  2. Peaceman

    I don't think limbaugh should have been an option. But the naacp publicity hounds should have stayed out of it. They seem to be the biggest racists of all. Everytime you turn around they are running around the country stirring things up even more.I guess they have to make a living somehow.

    October 14, 2009 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  3. AZ Jake

    What a bummer ... the other boys on the block don't want to play with the bully anymore.

    October 14, 2009 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  4. tracey

    Great! I'm so relieved. I didn't want Limbaugh indoctrinating the men of the NFL!

    He makes millions spewing hate and lies, but money doesn't buy respect!

    October 14, 2009 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  5. J E B

    LOL, can't be driven off that easy huh Rush, ask your partners that tomorrow. The NFL has standards unlike the FCC, and they don't like loud mouths who have no facts to back themselves up. Glad to see that the others in the group, who want to buy the team woke up. This isn't a GOP or DEM issue with Rush but an issue over what someone believs in and what they say. He made a poor choice with what he said, got booted off of the NFL show and now they don't want his type in the club. AS I say its not wether he is a rebublican or democrac, its the fact that he made some racist remarks and have to live up to them.

    October 14, 2009 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  6. Mary G.

    GOOD!!! GOOD!! Such a divisive figure in football...glad he is OUT

    October 14, 2009 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  7. Gloria

    I am delighted that so many people spoke out forecefully against Rush Limbaugh's possible involvement in the ownership of the Rams. It proves "Words do matter!" What we say and how we say it reflects on our personal character and moral values. Rush espoused numerous outrageous political and social opinions. Now hopefully, he realizes that
    his actions and hate filled rants do have consequences. Limbaugh is popular with the right-wing faction and no one else. The outcry across the country and with-in the NFL was strong and loud objecting to his
    participation in our most watched national sport. Hurray for the NFL players, the league, and we, ordinary, but with common sense -Americans.

    October 14, 2009 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  8. orphanannie

    This was a wise decision by those who wish to preserve the St. Louis Rams' name and integrity. It should be obvious to all concerned, and to Rush himself, that no one wants to touch him with a ten foot field goal. Rush, I think you've just been dis-invited. It is a sign to you. It's time to put away the racist, hateful, fear mongering rhetoric. You have the right to free speech, Rush, but we have the right to still change the channel.

    October 14, 2009 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  9. Actions Have Consequences

    I guess the people he steps all over finally got in their voice. Is hard for you Rush, to realize that you're not a god, and just an entertainer shamelessly exploiting people's fears for your own capitalistic gain? Poor baby.

    October 14, 2009 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  10. Emma

    How impressive that one of our national sports groups wants the communication regarding their team and their opponents to be astutely handled without glib, defamatory speech patterns as demonstrated by Limbaugh.

    October 14, 2009 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  11. mk

    Best news I have all day. Now, if we could just get him off the radio...

    October 14, 2009 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  12. John

    HAHA Rush, how did that one taste? Its about time someone shut you up in a hurry.

    October 14, 2009 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  13. Rob Wilson

    Good. Just because you've got a big mouth and a lot of money doesn't mean you know anything about sports. Are you listening, Markie Cuban?

    October 14, 2009 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  14. Tanya Kujath

    Gee, didn't see that coming.

    October 14, 2009 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  15. Ataa Yaa

    Yew, yew, Rush! yew yew Rush!
    The media can't break Rush!

    October 14, 2009 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  16. m smith

    Rush was not a good idea and I am gla d they figured that out.

    October 14, 2009 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  17. JR Jake

    Rush you don't want anything to do with the Rams because it may be years before they are really competitive; at least 4 with good drafts and a great head coach. I do not mean that negatively because I have not been following football this year and unaware of the coaches name. Sorry coach.

    Anyway Rush, if you think you are not a fan favorite now try heading over to the sidelines one Sunday when they play at home. I'm sure it would not be real flattering. Spend your Sundays with your family and don't forget to go to church on the weekend.

    October 14, 2009 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  18. Patsy Hodges

    AT LAST! Somebody stood up to this oddball. I don't care what he
    says or does, the fact is, money took a back seat to principle.
    "Hooray and hallelujah, you had it comin' to ya"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 14, 2009 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  19. Concerned

    Rush Limbaugh is like a bad case of the blues. I can't figure how people have the stomach to listen to this guy. I think perhaps they are lonely, can't find love, have a worthless mentality or suffer from too many dead brain cells.

    Next up for Rush Limbaugh; dump him from the airwaves completely. He is better off popping pills on his way to implosion.

    October 14, 2009 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  20. RB

    I suppose political controversy is a good reason to reject a potential owner, but would they reject a rabid liberal, like James Carville (rather than a rabid conservative)?

    I doubt it.

    October 14, 2009 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  21. Matt

    Score one for Stupidity. We now live in a world where an honest person can be denied something for nothing more than rumour and lies.

    The NFL has murderers playing the game and the commisioner is such a gutless coward he won't kick a convicted felon out of the league.

    But that's OK right liberals? So long as he wasn't a conservative. Let me guess you would let Polanski babysit your teenager because he had talent.

    This country is completely and totally morally bankrupt and CNN is leading the way. Fact check a comedy routine but not the lies about Rush.

    October 14, 2009 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  22. guy

    Dropped like a big fat rock.

    October 14, 2009 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  23. Dave R. Pawleys Island, SC

    GOOD !! This guy needs to be called out for what he really is. His negative comments are like pouring gasoline on a smoldering fire. All would be much better served with a conservative that would work to pull this country together rather than tear it apart.

    October 14, 2009 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  24. Barbara

    I am stunned and amazed that Rush would ever be considered by Checketts. Dave, you considered him to be a limited partner in the club, a role he embraced? It appears then that Dave and Rush had been in extensive conversations regarding this limited partnership. Has Dave been out of the country, hiding under a rock or hiking the Appalacian the past 24 months? How could you not know about his racially charged comments and his divisiveness??? Dave, perhaps you too should back out of the group trying to buy the Rams as Rush did.

    October 14, 2009 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  25. jon,philadelphia

    Good move by the NFL. In sports you do n ot need a stone cold bigot like old rushy.

    October 14, 2009 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
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