Post-Dispatch sports columnist Bryan Burwell lays out a convincing argument today why the Rams and the NFL should steer clear of Rush Limbaugh -- who stated Monday that he wants to buy the St. Louis football team.
Among Burwell's arguments are these quotes that the columnist attributes directly to Limbaugh:
"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."
"I mean, let's face it, we didn't have slavery in this country for over 100 years because it was a bad thing. Quite the opposite: Slavery built the South. I'm not saying we should bring it back. I'm just saying it had its merits. For one thing, the streets were safer after dark."
"The NAACP should have riot rehearsal. They should get a liquor store and practice robberies."
As Burwell points out, those statements might not offend NFL owners but they're certain to outrage players in the league -- the majority of whom are African-American.
Then, of course, there is Limbaugh's initial debut with the NFL in 2003.
The conservative talk show host served for a few weeks as a commentator on ESPN's Sunday NFL Countdown before being forced to resign after mouthing that Eagle's quarterback Donovan McNabb received preferential treatment because of his skin color.
"I think what we've had here is a little social concern in the NFL. The media has been very desirous that a black quarterback do well,'' Limbaugh said. "There is a little hope invested in McNabb, and he got a lot of credit for the performance of this team that he didn't deserve. The defense carried this team."
Limbaugh was forced to resign from the position a few days later.
P.S. Good thing Limbaugh isn't out to purchase and NBA team. On today's show Limbaugh calls basketball the favorite sport of gangs.