Union Urges Players To Oppose Limbaugh Buying Rams
October 12, 2009 at 1:44 PM (PT)
NFL PLAYERS ASSOCIATION Executive Dir. DEMAURICE SMITH is telling NFL players to voice their concerns about the prospect of PREMIERE RADIO NETWORKS syndicated talker RUSH LIMBAUGH joining the ranks of league owners, issuing a statement saying that he has "asked our players to embrace their roles not only in the game of football but also as players and partners in the business of the NFL. They risk everything to play this game. They understand that risk and they live with that risk and its consequences for the rest of their life. We also know that there is an ugly part of history and we will not risk going backwards, giving up, giving in, or lying down to it. Our men are strong and proud sons, fathers, spouses, and I am proud when they stand up, understand this is their profession and speak with candor and blunt honesty about how they feel."
Reports from several sources have quoted players from several teams as saying they would not play for the RAMS if LIMBAUGH, part of a group headed by ST. LOUIS BLUES and KALL-A/SALT LAKE CITY owner DAVE CHECKETTS, is the owner, citing his previous comments including the remarks about press favoritism towards DONOVAN MCNABB that led to his departure from ESPN.
But the ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH reports that while some RAMS players have privately voiced opposition to LIMBAUGH as an owner, none have gone on the record about the issue. SMITH himself has gone to NFL Commissioner ROGER GOODELL with his concerns about LIMBAUGH.
Meanwhile, another syndicated talker, the Rev. AL SHARPTON, has jumped into the fray with a letter to GOODELL telling the Commissioner to block LIMBAUGH from bidding on the RAMS, calling his rival divisive.