So Rush Limbaugh wants to buy the St. Louis Rams. Fantastic. But he’s overlooking one teensy little detail…
Kiwanuka and the Jets’ Bart Scott made it clear Thursday that they would never play for the Rams or any team owned by the controversial conservative radio host.
"All I know is from the last comment I heard, he said in Obama’s America, white kids are getting beat up on the bus while black kids are chanting ‘right on,’" Kiwanuka [said]. "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."
"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."
(Yes, Limbaugh’s comment about the sports media being "very desirous that a black quarterback do well" did come up – I wonder if he said the same thing about the Nobel prize committee.)
Contrary to what Rush apparently thinks, African-Americans do not have memories like goldfish. Does he really think they’ll want to play for someone who said that "the NFL all too often looks like a game between the Bloods and the Crips without any weapons"?
Maybe he’ll have to emulate kindred spirit George Marshall:
The Redskins’ intransigent owner, George Preston Marshall, kept the team in the nation’s capital lily-white until 16 years after the NFL was integrated.
From the NFL’s reintegration in 1946 until Marshall was incapacitated by a stroke in 1963, the Redskins had just three winning seasons, yet the owner resolutely refused to change…. Marshall insisted, "We’ll start signing Negroes when the Harlem Globetrotters start signing whites."
Yep, that sure worked out well. St. Louis must be very excited.
(f/t Attaturk for the Marshall tip)