Black NFL players are saying that, considering Limbaugh’s history of racism, they would refuse to play for the Rams if he became an owner. Think Progress gives us a short history of his racist remarks, starting most notably with his comment about Donovan McNabb and including his opinions about two black kids beating up a white kid on a Belleville school bus:
Indeed, as CNN reported at the time, ESPN fired Limbaugh from Sunday NFL Countdown for “his statement that Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb was overrated because the media wanted to see a black quarterback succeed.” But, of course, Limbaugh has a long sordid history with making racist remarks. Some of his more recent lowlights:
- “Look, let me put it to you this way: The NFL all too often looks like a game between the Bloods and the Crips without any weapons. There, I said it.”
- “We need segregated buses. … This is Obama’s America.”
- “President Obama is black. And I think he’s got a chip on his shoulder.”
- Democrats are interested in Darfur to secure black “voting bloc.”
- “Minorities never do anything for which they have to apologize.”
- Obama’s nomination for president “goes back to the fact that nobody had the guts to stand up and say no to a black guy.”
- Obama is a “halfrican-American.”
Advising the NFL to block Limbaugh’s pursuit of an NFL franchise, St. Louis Dispatch sports columnist Bryan Burwell wrote recently, “Dancing with Limbaugh is like dancing with a snake. Eventually, the snake will bite you. That’s his nature.”
If you think the Rams are pitiful now, wait till you see what they’re like if Limbaugh buys in. He’ll do to them what dubya did to the whole country–except that shrub took over a reasonably healthy enterprise and ran it into the red.
Talk about Back to the Future……… Anyone remember the turmoil caused by the owner of the Cincinnati Reds?
‘Schott’s real downfall in baseball began when accusations of racism surfaced. In 1991, Schott was sued by team controller Tim Sabo, claiming he was fired because he opposed a team policy of not hiring blacks, and for testifying against her in a separate lawsuit filed by Schott’s limited partners.
During a deposition in 1992, a witness and former employee testified that Schott referred to former players Dave Parker and Davis, both black, as her “million-dollar (expletives).”
Testimony also revealed that Schott kept a Nazi swastika arm band at her home and that she often made racially insensitive remarks. Other racist comments forced baseball to suspend Schott for one year in 1993.
Three years later, more anti-racial comments made during media interviews eventually led to Schott’s permanent exile from baseball. During an ESPN interview in May 1996, Schott praised German dictator Adolf Hitler saying, “Everybody knows he was good at the beginning, but he just went too far.”
In an interview published by Sports Illustrated nine days later, Schott ripped Asian-Americans for achieving too much.
After a brief showdown with baseball’s hierarchy, Schott agreed to give up day-to-day operations of the Reds on June 12, 1996. She would never return to the game with control of her team.’http://www.wlwt.com/sports/2888523/detail.html