In an e-mail to the union's executive committee on Saturday, NFL Players executive director DeMaurice Smith encouraged players to speak out against a bid by Rush Limbaugh as part of a larger group aiming to purchase the St. Louis Rams.
"I've spoken to the Commissioner [Roger Goodell] and I understand that this ownership consideration is in the early stages," Smith said. "But sport in America is at its best when it unifies, gives all of us reason to cheer, and when it transcends. Our sport does exactly that when it overcomes division and rejects discrimination and hatred."
Limbaugh, a Missouri native, is an avid sports fan and an even more avid a**hole racist, whose enlightened world-view gave us such fine observations as "the NFL all too often looks like a game between the Bloods and the Crips without any weapons." Aw, snap!
And how Philadelphia quarterback Donovan McNabb's 2003 on-field success was due not to his skills or dedication, but because the media was "very desirous that a black quarterback do well" in something other than adding to the prison population.
At least seven NFL players have publicly spoken out against Limbaugh's interest in joining former Knicks president and current owner of the NHL's St. Louis Blues, Madison Square Garden CEO Dave Checketts, in a group bidding to purchase the lowly Rams and turn the perennial basement dwellers into an all-white powerhouse.
Giants defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka and Jets linebacker Bart Scott made it clear that they would never play for any team owned by that fat, milky-hued pile of hate (even if they think his name's kinda cool), since the Rams are already well-stocked in the embarrassment department.
"All I know is from the last comment I heard, he said in President Obama's America, white kids are getting beat up on the bus while black kids are chanting 'right on,'" Kiwanuka told The Daily News. "I mean, I don't want anything to do with a team that he has any part of. He can do whatever he wants, it is a free country. But if it goes through, I can tell you where I am not going to play."
"They are flat-out racist," Kiwanuka continued. "I am not going to draw a conclusion from a person off of one comment, but when it is time after time after time and there's a consistent pattern of disrespect and just a complete misunderstanding of an entire culture that I am a part of, I can't respect him as a man."
Bart Scott says players remember what Limbaugh said, adding that the NFL would be wise not to allow the nationally-syndicated poster boy for ignorant, hefty, middle-aged white supremacists into a (predominantly black) league.
"I can only imagine how his players would feel. I know I wouldn't want to play for him. He's a jerk. He's an ---. What he said (about McNabb) was inappropriate and insensitive, totally off-base. He could offer me whatever he wanted, I wouldn't play for him...I wouldn't play for Rush Limbaugh. My principles are greater and I can't be bought."Turns out, neither can the Rams (or at least not by a KKK grand wizard like El Rushbo).
Besides, Rush said he wasn't really bothered by the harsh player reaction because the more he thinks about it, the more he realizes it might not be such a good idea after all.
Rams is way too gay a name.