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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soundoff (100 Responses)
  1. Idiot_Boehner

    I think it might be good to have a acclaimed racist as a part owner in the NFL. But, with all his money, this has to be the first time someone said "No!" to Rush.

    October 14, 2009 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  2. David Ottson

    Now is we can just drop him from the " Listen to me because I think I am important " list.

    October 14, 2009 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  3. PEACE ON EARTH

    WOW!! I guess he FAILED!

    October 14, 2009 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  4. Has the ego landed?

    The NFL rejects O'Limbaugh. This must be his worst day as the head of the republican party!

    October 14, 2009 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  5. R.O.B.

    I'm very delighted to hear this.

    October 14, 2009 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  6. Shelly CO

    Good sense prevails!
    There is no other place other than Fox notnews for this vile tongued and bigoted man who hates majority of Americans.

    October 14, 2009 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  7. D Gamblin

    Has to be another Limbaugh publisity stunt. Now he can yell racism. There is no way Rush would be approved as a part owner, after his racially charged statement about Donovan McNabb. Then later he basicly called football players thugs by stating, "watching NFL football games is like watching the Bloods and the Cribs go to war without the weapons. Rush Limbaugh is a joke.

    October 14, 2009 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  8. Bruin899

    Finally! Someone says NO to racism!

    October 14, 2009 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  9. Santa Fean

    Rush is seen by many to be racist and divisive. Not what you would want as an owner of a NFL team. Rush is best left to his adoring sheeple. He isn't a man with solutions and as such he would only cause strife and dismay just like he does for three hours a day.

    October 14, 2009 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  10. Laughing

    The NFL reject O'Limbaugh! Since America loves the NFL, essentially, the US rejects O'Limbaugh! Since the world now loves the USA, essentially, the world rejects O'Limbaugh! This is the worst day of his republican party leadership days. Celebrate and cheer!

    October 14, 2009 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  11. Joan

    Rush Limbaugh responded by saying he was the victim of a "smear" campaign by people who don't like Conservatives. That's kind of funny coming from someone who smears people every single day. He can dish it out but he can't take it. The truth is that it was derogatory remarks he made about players, especially McNabb, that caused the most controversy. He must realize with YouTube, instant replays, etc. that all of his former and present statements are saved somewhere and may come back to haunt him.

    October 14, 2009 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  12. Idiot_Boehner

    It is said that the NFL owners are politically to the right of Genghis Khan, so that pretty much says where they think Rushie is: somewhere beyond the craziest of the wingnuts.

    October 14, 2009 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  13. Gary

    Too Bad, so Sad. Hurrah for the NFL.

    October 14, 2009 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  14. A 50-year Democrat no more. Now an independent with brains.

    Got that Limbaugh no one wants you?

    October 14, 2009 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  15. eman33

    I think the NFL made a great desision.I hope the players band together and refuse to play if the NFL changes their mind.

    October 14, 2009 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  16. BC

    Robert Browning said it best ... "God is in heaven, alls right with the world".

    October 14, 2009 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  17. mike,texas

    There is a God afterall.

    October 14, 2009 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  18. Doug

    That's a shame. He would have made a great tackling dummy.

    October 14, 2009 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  19. BK

    Rush is going to sue CNN and NBC for false reporting. Its about time someone called CNN and NBC for reporting anything they hear and not checking sources. Palin should have sued both of you a long time ago. Maybe now you will stop being the cheering squad for Obama. If you want the real news go to Fox they tell it like it is.

    October 14, 2009 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  20. Fitz in Texas

    First of all CNN......why is it you NEVER have a photo of Rush Limbaugh after he's lost all his weight, hmmmmmmmmmmm?

    And the person behind all this up is the biggest racist of all.....Al Sharpton.

    October 14, 2009 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  21. Paris

    Who CARES???

    October 14, 2009 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  22. TangledThorns

    I hope Rush sues all those who spread those lies about him!!

    October 14, 2009 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  23. I Don't Believe It

    I'm not buying it, Rush will be a silent partner.

    October 14, 2009 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  24. The Real Issue

    The Real Issue is the lesson Limbaugh is supposed to learn He has free speech. He can say what he wants without thinking, but he has to suffer the consequences of his remarks of which some have been racist. The groups, players, union, and some owners that came out against him decided they were not going to allow someone with that venom to have anything to do with a sport that is interacial. The opponents that eventually pushed for his removal have the right just like he has to speech and ownership. The opponents can and would have boycotted the team which would have caused monetary problems in a sport that does not have teams with minority ownership and very many minorities in the front office.

    October 14, 2009 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  25. mike

    Controversial? Controversial is having a CNN news anchor who got drunk, ran over a pedestrian (who later died) and then leaves the scene. And CNN allows this anchor to criticize Limbaugh?

    Pathetic.

    October 14, 2009 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
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