Rush Limbaugh Eyes Rams

POSTED: Wednesday, October 14, 2009 - 8:19am

UPDATED: Thursday, June 3, 2010 - 11:59pm

Professional football is a rough business. Something conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh is finding out, first hand. Characterized as "offensive" by some, there is now a strong "defense" taking the field to oppose his bid to be a part-owner of the St. Louis Rams.

The NFL players union, which normally stays out of issues involving a change of ownership in the league, has sent an e-mail to members urging them to oppose a Limbaugh purchase. And players for the Giants and Jets have said publicly they would not play for a Limbaugh owned team.

Limbaugh was pushed about the race issue in an interview that aired on the Today show Monday morning.

Q: "Are you a racist?"
Limbaugh: "No, are you?"
Q: "Are you homophobic?"
Limbaugh: "No, are you?"
Q: "No"
Limbaugh: "me either, so we're good then."

But critics point to comments that ultimately forced him to step-down for his role as an analyst on ESPN's NFL pregame show in 2003. "The media has been very desirous to see a black quarterback do well," Limbaugh said on ESPN at the time.

NFL rules prohibit him from discussing the purchase in any detail. Still Limbaugh couldn't avoid the topic, or the latest "Rush" against his desire to own a part of the team. "These comments are designed to derail these efforts, but I can't comment on them," he said on his Monday radio program.

And the owner of the Indianapolis Colts, Robert Irsay, said Tuesday afternoon he "couldn't even think" of voting to approve a Limbaugh ownership deal."