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Limbaugh assigns blame

Commentator: Checketts approached me

October 16, 2009

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— Conservative radio personality Rush Limbaugh lashed out at NFL union leader DeMaurice Smith, Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and the media a day after being dropped from a group trying to buy the St. Louis Rams.

On his syndicated show Thursday, Limbaugh said he was approached by St. Louis Blues chairman Dave Checketts earlier this year about participating in a Rams bid. Checketts assured him his involvement as a minority investor had been vetted by the NFL, he said.

“I said to him at this meeting, ‘Are you aware of the firestorm?’ He said, ‘We wouldn’t have approached you if we hadn’t taken care of that,’” said Limbaugh, a conservative favorite who is reviled by many liberals.

Limbaugh added that Checketts had told him his involvement had been cleared at the “highest levels of the NFL.”

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and Colts owner Jim Irsay each expressed misgivings this week at a league-wide meeting about Limbaugh’s involvement, with Goodell saying Limbaugh had made “polarizing” comments and Irsay vowing to vote against him. On Wednesday, Checketts said Limbaugh had been dropped from the bid.

During a 15-minute counterattack at the start of his show, Limbaugh said he believes he’s been made an example by a players’ union seeking leverage in talks over a new collective-bargaining agreement. What happened to him was an illustration of “Obama’s America on full display,” the commentator said.

Limbaugh blamed Smith, executive director of the NFLPA and an “Obama-ite,” along with Sharpton and Jackson, whom he referred to as “race hustlers,” for Checketts’ decision to drop him. He said his sacking was an example of the political clout wielded by President Barack Obama’s administration.

NFL

Raiders blacked out again

Alameda, Calif. — The Oakland Raiders’ home game against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday will be blacked out locally because the team did not sell out the game in time. This is the second time in three home games Oakland has been unable to avoid a blackout.

Vick protest planned

Oakland, Calif. — A Bay Area animal-rights group is planning a protest against Michael Vick before his game against the Oakland Raiders on Sunday.

The group In Defense of Animals says it will protest outside Oakland Coliseum before Vick plays his first road game for the Philadelphia Eagles since being reinstated to the NFL following an 18-month prison sentence for his involvement in a dogfighting ring. The group says Vick has not shown proper remorse.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Knight moving to Monday

Bristol, Conn. — Bob Knight is moving to a bigger stage with ESPN. The network said Thursday the Hall of Fame coach will serve as the analyst for the weekly “Big Monday” Big 12 game during the college basketball season. He also will call some nonconference games. Knight worked Thursday night games during his first full season with ESPN last year.

Texas Tech, Knight’s former school currently coached by his son Pat, is not scheduled for a Big Monday game this season. Knight will team with play-by-play announcer Brent Musburger. He will continue to appear on ESPN studio shows.

NBA

James, Jackson battling flu

Independence, Ohio — LeBron James and teammates Darnell Jackson and Coby Karl have tested positive for Influenza A and are being treated as if they have the H1N1 virus.

H1N1, also known as swine flu, is a strain of Influenza A, and though the Cavaliers have not gotten back H1N1 test results on the three, the team said it is being proactive in treating players and the traveling party to Texas. The Cavs play at San Antonio tonight and in Dallas on Saturday.

WNBA

Tulsa to apply for team

Tulsa, Okla. — With new supporters on board, a group of investors in Tulsa plans to apply formally to the WNBA to purchase a franchise. Lead investor Bill Cameron announced Thursday that his group, called Tulsa Pro Hoops LLC, will try to buy a WNBA team and expects a decision from the league by the end of October.

AUTO RACING

Johnson wins Lowe’s pole

Concord, N.C. — Jimmie Johnson is returning to his dominant ways at the perfect time. His latest accomplishment: the fastest qualifying lap of the NASCAR season. The three-time defending Sprint Cup champion and points leader looked the part Thursday, earning the pole at Lowe’s Motor Speedway with a blistering lap of 192.376 mph. Mark Martin, sitting second in points, will start second after a lap of 191.816 mph. Kasey Kahne qualified third.

Golf

Pernice shares Vegas lead

Las Vegas — Champions Tour winner Tom Pernice Jr. shot a bogey-free 9-under 62 on Thursday for a share of the first-round lead with Troy Matteson and Spencer Levin in the PGA Tour’s Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.

Bob Heintz and Martin Laird were a stroke back, and three-time Las Vegas winner Jim Furyk matched Scott Piercy at 64. Furyk bogeyed his first two holes.

Molinari leads in Portugal

Vilamoura, Portugal — Francesco Molinari had an eagle and eight birdies Thursday to take a 2-shot lead with a 9-under 63 after the first round of the Portugal Masters. Alastair Forsyth, Justin Rose and Charl Schwartzel were tied for second, and Lee Westwood was in a group of six another shot back.

TENNIS

Nadal, Djokovic advance

Shanghai — Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic had straight-set wins Thursday to advance to the quarterfinals of the Shanghai Masters. The top-seeded Nadal, aiming for his first title since winning the Rome Masters in May, defeated Tommy Robredo, 6-1, 6-4. Djokovic moved into the quarterfinals by stopping German qualifier Rainer Schuettler, 6-4, 6-2.

Top seed wins in Austria

Linz, Austria — Top-seeded Flavia Pennetta retained her chance of reaching the WTA Championships by defeating Anna-Lena Groenefeld of Germany, 6-3, 4-6, 6-2, to reach the Generali Ladies quarterfinals on Thursday.

Comments

Jock Navels 5 years, 2 months ago

if limbaugh was what he says he is, he wouldn't always blame others...he would accept responsibility as an individual for his actions and their results.

BrianR 5 years, 2 months ago

The Anyone But Me tour has begun. Could it be because you're a wackjob?

Flap Doodle 5 years, 2 months ago

Huffpo and other sites are quietly removing some of the fake quotes attributed to Limbaugh. The howling mob accomplished its mission & will wait quietly until Axelrod's puppet needs them again.

Stuart Evans 5 years, 2 months ago

from what I understand, George Soros is also involved in this group. I'd say that his politics and personal history trump anything negative you can conjure up about Rush Limbaugh.

Sulla 5 years, 2 months ago

Rushie is of course a hypocrite so it is no wonder he throws a tantrum... 'tis possible that he probably set the whole episode up from day one? It keeps his pig-shot in the news and that is what he, and any pundit, thrives on. He knew he'd be gunned down so he can play the martyr to his brainwashed listeners, sniveling about the Obamite/BlackPanther/ Marxist Liberal Nazi Conspiracy(and don't forget about the Feminists and Sodomites). Poor, poor misunderstood Marse Rush! LOL!

Stuart Evans 5 years, 2 months ago

tell us how you really feel Sulla...not even one substantiated thought in there.

BrianR 5 years, 2 months ago

It is a business deal, not personal. If the group could've made the deal with Rush, they would have, Soros or no Soros. The problems came from outside the buying group - probably from within the franchise and elsewhere. . .

puddleglum 5 years, 2 months ago

yeah snap, you got any more of those tin foil hats?

Obama controls the NFL, everybody knows this.

Sulla 5 years, 2 months ago

Sorry there, UR Abnormal, I just keep things too compartmentalized especially around primates who aren't capable of handling thoughts of any type...

Sulla 5 years, 2 months ago

George Soros is in on it too and he's worse than Marse Rush?? That sounds something like Lyndon LaRouche would say(also Venetian bankers, drug-dealing Queen Elizabeth, OJ Simpson and fellow traveler sophists via Athens are out to keep Real Americans from NFL ownership)....

Sulla 5 years, 2 months ago

Yeah Yeah TomSheMan, ACORN is Obama's SS. How did you find out this deep secret?? Man, you need to get a job at Langley, you're sharp...

parrothead8 5 years, 2 months ago

"Limbaugh said he was approached by St. Louis Blues chairman Dave Checketts earlier this year about participating in a Rams bid. Checketts assured him his involvement as a minority investor had been vetted by the NFL, he said."

Yeah, they might have vetted him back then, but Rush has made a lot of statements on the air since "earlier this year" that may have caused him to be removed from the bid.

The fact of the matter is that he pisses off a lot of NFL fans every time he opens his mouth. What makes lots of NFL fans unhappy isn't good for the NFL, and there are lots of people who can be recruited to be minority investors in an NFL franchise who don't piss off a lot of NFL fans every day.

Rush can blame anyone he wants, but until he starts looking in the mirror, he's not going to see who's really at fault. It's insane to think that Barack Obama, George W. Bush, or anyone else who may be President gives a flying monkey's bottom who owns the St. Louis Rams. That's Roger Goodell's job.

Gareth Skarka 5 years, 2 months ago

TomShewmon:

Audio clip of Limbaugh racist BS about Mandela and black governments, here: http://mediamatters.org/mobile/research/200708230008

Limbaugh in 2007: "NFL all too often looks like a game between the Bloods and the Crips without any weapons" Found here, with Limbaugh's own radio transcript: http://mediamatters.org/mmtv/200910120009

His comments about Donovan McNabb that got him dropped from his ESPN gig, this time with video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iueJLj...

Yeah, I guess "Obama and his Thugs" made those up, huh? Completely faked audio and video of FatDrugAddict (oops, sorry, I mean "Rush"), and doctored transcripts from his own website?

Is there any bit of ridiculous wingnuttery that you won't spout?

Katara 5 years, 2 months ago

Interesting that the so-called spokesperson for the party of personal responsibility refuses to accept any.

Doesn't surprise me anymore though.

jonas_opines 5 years, 2 months ago

"Limbaugh assigns blame."

. . . .surprising.

tomatogrower 5 years, 2 months ago

Poor druggie. It's all the doctor's fault he became an addict. It's all Obama's fault that he can't buy a team, as if Obama really cared what Rush does. I always knew he was a whiney, scaredy cat, bunker wimp, aluminum helmet creep. Poor little Rush, nobody likes me, everybody hates me, I think I'll go eat worms. Whine, whine, whine.

Gareth Skarka 5 years, 2 months ago

Gosh, isn't it funny that we don't hear any further from Tom Shewmon after his arguments are completely blown out of the water?

Stuart Evans 5 years, 2 months ago

nice retorts there Sulla. I like the way you changed the names of people who opposed your viewpoints. That was adult, classy, intelligent and oh so cool of you.

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