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Limbaugh issue: Hypocrisy abounds in the NFL

[This post includes political, social and Dolphins commentary. If you have a problem with any of those don't bother reading it.]

Pulling his shorts up to his waist and then motioning over to a couple of waiting reporters who wanted to interview him in the Dolphins locker room Wednesday, nose tackle Jason Ferguson used the N-word.

He was talking either to a teammate or one of the reporters who is black, but that didn't matter because the word seemingly floated away -- clearly heard but ignored because, in an NFL locker room, that word is uttered by players practically every day.

Sometimes the N-word is said in jest. Sometimes it is said in anger or rage. Sometimes it is blasted through boom boxes playing rap music. Sometimes it is clustered with taunts about another player's mother or wife or, in extreme vengeance-filled moments, another player's boyfriend.

And this is the NFL Roger Goodell wants to protect from Rush Limbaugh comments?

Limbaugh will not be part of the group trying to buy the St. Louis Rams, it was announced Wednesday. Pressure from inside and outside the NFL doomed Limbaugh's attempt to own the team, meaning a group of people decided a game played on a lined field has to draw one more line to keep Limbaugh out.

Funny how folks that once marched against exclusion, such as Jesse Jackson, will call for exclusion when it suits them. Interesting how Al Sharpton is appalled at Limbaugh's divisiveness but gives himself a free pass when he says things like, "white folks was living in caves while we was building empires." 

The hypocrisy on this issue is everywhere. It is rampant. It is sickening.

The same commissioner that is allowing dog-killer Michael Vick to play in the NFL doesn't want Limbaugh to vie for an ownership stake because, "We're all held to a high standard here and divisive comments are not what the NFL's all about," Goodell said earlier this week. "I would not want to see those kind of comments from people who are in a responsible position in the NFL, no. Absolutely not."

So the league allows dog-killers, wife-beaters, strip club addicts, girlfriend-batterers, drug addicts, drunk drivers, and coaches who allegedly bust up other coaches, but the commish is worried about divisive quotes?

About those quotes: The same news media that is "reporting" what Limbaugh has said in the past is filled with people who loathe Limbaugh because they don't agree with his view of the world. Those "journalists" have been trotting out two quotes from Jack Huberman's 2006 book, "101 People Who Are Really Screwing America."

The first and most damning of those, quotes Limbaugh as saying, "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."

That quote appeared on CNN's Rick Sanchez show. It appeared in a column written on Foxsports.com. It appeared all over the Internet.

And not one "journalist" who used it can verify its validity. Not one 'journalist" who broadcast the quote actually heard Limbaugh say it. Not one actually heard a tape recording of Limbaugh saying it. Meanwhile, on one of his shows this week, Limbaugh said he's never uttered those words.

Somebody produce the tape or retract the quote!

And, yes, the second quote does not make this space because it is equally unsubstantiated and unverifiable.

Another thing the "journalists" reporting this story haven't told you: Huberman, the man they are using as their source, has penned other books, including The Bush-Haters Handbook and The GOP-Haters Handbook. So, of course, it's not like Huberman has an agenda or anything dark like that.

I am part of the media. I have friends in the media. Most of those friends lean left. They know, and now you know, I lean right. That's not the point. The point is the media has an agenda. And my agenda is to expose the hypocrisy on this issue.

I saw that hypocrisy at work in the Miami locker room Wednesday.

Several reporters were going around the locker room asking players their opinions of Limbaugh and the possibility he might own an NFL team

This is how one interview went:

Reporter: "What's your take on Rush Limbaugh and the Rams?"

Running back Ronnnie Brown scissors closed his index finger and thumb and zips them across his mouth to signify his lips are sealed. And after a pause Brown then says... 

"I don't know, I mean, I guess it's good in a way that he's interested in wanting to be the owner of an NFL team. At the same time, who's to say. I don't know."

That, of course, is not the answer the reporter wants. It sounds almost pro-Limbaugh. So ...

Reporter: "Well some guys would say they would never play for a team that he has ownership stake in. You think that's a legitimate statement?"

Of course anyone would answer that is a legitimate statement. It's an opinion from another player so how is Brown supposed to say it is not legitimate? The question is leading and practically begs agreement with the dump-Limbaugh agenda.

And despite this, Brown refuses to go in that direction.

"Obviously, they're entitled to their own opinion," he responds. "For me, I'm not going to say that. I don't know. You never know. You could be sitting here jobless and depending on what kind of situation you're in and you don't have any money coming in, it's hard to turn down a job like this."

Greg Camarillo is Hispanic. So not only is he a minority in American society, he's among the smallest of minorities in a league that is approximately 65 percent black, 30 percent white and approximately 5 percent everybody else.

So what does Camarillo think of Limbaugh's attempt to enter the league before news of his exclusion is announced?

"Ya'll trying to make me political real quick," he says to reporters with a grin. "I don't have too much to say about that. We'll let the business handlers handle their business. But, I mean, the man has said controversial things in the past. Things that bring up the issue of race. The NFL is obviously a diverse work place. You have to be pretty sensitive to everybody's beats. You can't alienate any group. That being said, we leave the business to the business people and trust the NFL and NFLPA handle it properly."

Camarillo is much too trusting.

The NFL Players Association, the union representing the players, encouraged its players to speak out on the Limbaugh matter. According to this ESPN report, NFL Players executive director DeMaurice Smith wrote an e-mail to the union's executive committee on the subject.

"I've spoken to the Commissioner and I understand that this ownership consideration is in the early stages," Smith wrote. "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."

Agreed. The NFL is best when it transcends things such as polictics. So why is Smith getting all political? The NFL is best when it overcomes division. So why doesn't Smith admit he, himself, is divisive when he mentions discrimination without citing a tangible, verifiable example?

It is called double-speak.

This, meanwhile, is not double-speak, but fact: Smith served in President Clinton's Administration as Counsel to then Deputy Attorney General Eric Holder in the US Department of Justice. Holder is now in President Barak Obama's Attorney General. Both Clinton and Obama are Democrats.

Smith has contributed $6,850 to political campaigns since 2004 -- all to Democrat Party candidates. Smith made his largest contribution in 2008 when he contributed $2,300 to President Obama's campaign. Limbaugh, in case you are not aware, is one of President Obama's most ardent and high-profile critics.

So is Smith transcending his differences with Limbaugh? Or is Smith using his position as a union boss to further his personal political beliefs and bring down an opposing point of view?

Smith's e-mail rejects discrimination. Well, is it not discriminatory in America to want to exclude someone from a business venture simply because one does not agree with that person's politics?

Yes. Or no. Please answer.

And back to the "journalists" for a second: Did you read anywhere what Smith's political leanings actually are in all those stories you read where he rips Limbaugh's attempt at ownership? Or were those facts left out?

Think!

Now Limbaugh is not a pristine individual. He's been divorced three times -- some NFL people have been divorced just as often. In 2003 he admitted being addicted to prescription pain killers -- Brett Favre once admitted to the same. He often appears on Fox News Channel championing conservative views -- as does Goodell's wife, Jane Skinner, who is an anchor and commentator on the channel and the daughter of a former White House Chief of staff under the elder President Bush.

So what makes Limbaugh so villainously different?

Limbaugh is polarizing in a country that, guess what, is polarized. But he is no more, and probably less, of a racist than the two men leading the charge against his ownership bid -- Sharpton, who infamously offended Mormons last year and Jackson, who once referred to Jews as "Hymies."

Limbaugh has addressed race issues in forums that "journalists" can actually confirm.

Limbaugh resigned from ESPN in 2003 for stirring a racial controversy when he basically said Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb was getting preferential treatment from the media because he is black.

"I think what we've had here is a little social concern in the NFL," Limbaugh said on air. "The media has been very desirous that a black quarterback do well, 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."

Stupid, yes. Unsophisticated in its general assumptions, yes.

But racist?

The NFL better clean up all the N-words floating around its locker rooms before anyone makes that leap.

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Mando and all readers,

If a racist or sex offender wanted to buy into your private nieghborhood that you had a major investment, and a vote, would you simply accept them because it is the right thing to do?? No, Rush isn't as bad as this, but his words and platform only help to divide this country. His ability to make this shocking statements to a listening crowd that include a section of Americas dark ignorance, only adds fuel to there fire. Words are powerful and dangerous.

You're way off on this one. I'm not Black, i'm a white Cuban, I don't know if you're Cuban too, but as a Latino - frankly, as a thinking human being - I'm embarrassed for you as I read your column.

Your boy Limbaugh is not enamored w/anyone who doesn't think or look like him. Defending him is not defending liberty but license to destroy what little civility is left in our society. You should at least listen regularly to his show before stepping into the field of political commentary.

Better yet stick to the Dolphins where your apologist writing abilities are useful and appreciated.

i'm not left or right,I look at what is right morally and of good common sense.
if everyone went around spouting off and inciting discontent with half truths,being so hypocritical and can talk people into believing his crap this world would be a big mess of loud angry people.
he would say this owner is getting this and that and doing. the same with being an owner as he does in his show incite discontent,don't need a loud mouth being an owner in the news complaining about this and that.
glad the piece of dung won't be an owner.

Who cares where we lean, right or left. Rush should own part of a team if he has the money. I dont care for Rush as well. How does this relate to Dolphins??? Who cares. Maybe Mondo loves Rush and wants us to know it by putting all HIS effort into this article.LOL

PhinsWin09, Limbaugh's right hand man, James (Bo Snerdley) Golden, is an African American ... he doubtless would have quit years ago if Limbaugh was a racist. Secondly, you will find that people who are more interested in making something of themselves and their families without being beholden to a public handout tend to be conservative (ergo, Republican ... although, I don't think most Republicans are all that conservative anymore.) My question has always been: why do so many African Americans, Jews, Hispanics, etc. choose to be Democrats when the Democratic party has done more to destroy the moral fibers of their communities. Simply look at the areas that are DOMINATED by Democratic leadership: New Orleans, Chicago, Detroit, etc., etc. These places should be utopian based on the ideals they purport. Unfortunately, we see catastrophic crime rates, an overwhelming entitlement mentality, and a complete breakdown of the family unit.

Anyway, that's why some "Miami Cubans" choose to be Republican. Perhaps the reality of what a nanny state (i.e. Castro) gives them a clearer understanding of the real issues involved.

Amen Victor! Well put

zaphod you idiot who cares, about snerdley, he is a pawn

I think Keith Oberman should get to buy a team

zett, as are those who claim Limbaugh is racist. You simply have to stand back and see that you are allowing those with a 'racist' agenda to spoon feed you more hate.

I don't know what's in Limbaugh's heart, but based on his ACTUAL commentary, labeling him a racist is unfair.

Good article Mando. I also lean right but it's only because the left is so fanatical. And is so bent on changing this once great country into a socialist, 3rd world country.

Very scary.

Armando, you are wrong. The league is privately owned and they can make any decision they see fit which makes good business sense to them. And personally, I think the right wing is very good as spreading their disease around a variety of enterprises, by crying foul and claiming that THEY are being cheated and they are being discriminated against, and they are being excluded. You would think the silly argument that the practice of excluding someone who is exclusionary or not tolerating intolerence is in itself intolerant or unfair in some way, wouldn't hold a drop of water. Yet it does, because no one has the balls to say, this is wrong, go away. So as a result, over the years, the media felt obligated to represent right-leaning positions, even very anti-american and destructive positions, bordering on facism, as an "opposing viewpoint" and "balance against liberalism." Every silly right wing pushback to sensible positions becomes a controversy and debate, which must be fully explored. This is the real problem, not the one you presented.

And btw, hitler, stalin, mussolini, etc, did not come to power by seizing it. They came to power because people were persuaded to believe their arguments were legitimate, and that they had a constituency.

Armando,

Limbaugh is an idiot, and even a right-leaning journalist like you should recognize that.

In full disclosure, I am left-leaning (that puts it mildly), but I have found over the years that those on the right who are thoughtful about their politics are almost always in agreement on some things with those on the left who are likewise thoughtful. One of those things is that there is no law against being an idiot, or saying stupid things (daily), and in fact, one of the greatest things about our political systems is the very protection of that right.

If Limbaugh wants to own a football team, and he has the money, then his political views should have nothing to do with it (outside of the decision of the seller to do business with him, or his partners to continue to have him, which is a private matter).

nfl is great b/c it's all about the sport and the players .if he owns a team the next day his mouth will destroy the league,the other owner who puts billions in the teams as investement the here comes mr i know every thing and in 2 years we will not talk about the game any but about who said what about whome and the whole league becomes fix news for your eyes only and his coach and players must have the same views he has .

Hypocrisy is nothing new around NFL.

Jeffrey Grupp
Infowars
September 23, 2009

Football superstar Plaxico Burress was locked up today for carrying a gun. That’s right! In the land of the Second Amendment, a man was put in put into a concentration camp (i.e., one of our nation’s prisons) for obeying the Constitution and the Second Amendment! I think the implications of this are enormous, and they show us some of the unseen predicaments we face here in NWO-America, as I will discuss below.
Today we witnessed a man, Plaxico, stripped away from his family, to go and live in a concentration camp, for doing what Jefferson said, for protecting himself, and for not causing any trouble, while the televisions all celebrated this event across the nation,. Now, he cannot be a father, a mate, or a free man; he only can be a concentration camp victim, while the American public says, “he’s getting what he deserves! That scumbag, who now is abandoning his son!” I bet mind-controlled Americans blame him for not begin with his son, rather than blaming the NWO politicians who in fact broke the law today, threw an innocent and good man into a concentration camp, and who thus violated all our rights in an act of sheer tyranny on the order of the British in the Revolutionary days.

http://www.infowars.com/plaxico-burress-jailed-for-obeying-the-us-constitution/

then here comes

this is not nfl .com, this is MIAMI DOLPHINS IN DEPTH, this column has no bearing on our team. terrible column.

Thank you!

i love to see him have a team to see a sign says ( no sport writers allowed but fix news guys ).the nfl will be destroyed in 3 month w/him .any owner would an idiot to let him in and be under the mercy of his mouth.it's only biz people .

Well said Armando.
I wonder what would be said if the aforementioned Jessee Jackson tried to buy an NFL team and was denied because of things he said. The point is, it wouldn't happen. Reverse discrimination abounds in America, not just the NFL. It is hypocritical. It is unfair. But it's life. Obama won a Nobel Peace prize...What for? The dealine for nominations was in February. He was in office less than 1 month. What did he do to win a this award? Get elected? He was born black and because of freedom of opportunity, he gets a Nobel peace prize? This is a smack in the face of all previous winners who earned it.

Well done...it's about time someone spoke up and tried to expose all these double standards

"To try and put Jessie and Al in the same boat as Rush is foolish. Your own racism was just exposed IMO."

Wayne, really? It is foolish, Jesses and Al are very big rasists and get away with it every day.
Rush is not a rasist, he hates liberals. What you call that? I don't know, liberest?

Just imagine Jesse or Al trying to buy a team, no one would object. What if the white players said they wouldn't play for them? Then they would be labeled a racist.

Armando,
Your best blog entry, ever.

Bravo...

Jesse and Al are just as racists as Rush period. What did Jesse wanna do to Obama's nuts when he was running for president? Even the liberals attack each other.

Every article the mando writes is rsponded to universally with vitrol from the readers, but as soon as he writes a article supporting a bigoted,right wing, hatemonger like Rush, then he`s appluaded. I`m so thankful to the Creator that I don`t live in So. Florida. I hope all So.Fla natives aren`t like this. I`ve been all over this country and I can honestly say, I`ve never seen such examples of mass bigoted, uneducated ignorance one geographical area than comes from the residents of So. Fla. Some of you people truly need some type of divine guidance. WOW!!!

Just goes to show you. The left wing loons are more hateful than the right wingers. Keep on writing Will.

#1 - Do you listen to Rush Limbaugh? Do you hear what he says about hispanics? If it weren't for a historical anomoly like the Cuban Adjustment Act, you would be illegal just like the Mexicans that Rush loves to hate.

#2 - The NFL is not technically a partnership, but essentially it is a partnership. How can you possibly compare the standards that you hold an employee to, to the standards that hold a partner to? It is preposterous. I want to know about the morals of my future partner. I want to know how it affects my business. I don't really care as much what an employee does outside of work, as long as they do their job. If Rush were an offensive lineman, then no one would care. But, as a possible partner, they should care.

A great opinion piece is when the reader stops and questions his own views on the subject. Agree or disagree with Armando if at any time he made you evaluate what he wrote against what you believe then he did a good job. Those readers who now say they 'hate' AS or will stop reading him or hope he is fired are missing the point. It's his opinion. He is entitled to it. I won't say whether I agree or disagree but I will say great job Armando you took a chance and challenged yourself.

will,

must remember that florida is number one state in the us for it's faluire in the school system.they produce the the worst brains in the us .

failure

Armando. I finally agree with everything you said.

Excellent post Armando. I could not agree more with your points. There is so much hypocricy in politics. I seems it is seeping in to our sports.

I'm not going to get in the big arguement that I know is going to happen today about this blog...I'm going to say it once: Armando, this is one of the most SUPER blogs you've ever written...you are 100 percent correct and I applaud your insight and intelligence on this issue...if more articles like this were written this country could finally sit down and talk about race issues...Everyone always says we need to talk but everyone is afraid to talk....BRAVO my friend

The bottom line in all of this...IS THE BOTTOM LINE....does it bring money into the NFL?. The only thing that matters is that Rush alienates HALF the people in this country...no matter the reason...that cuts into NFL profits. It is all about protecting the NFL and as a business they have the right to refuse whoever they want that tries to buy in. Rush has the right to try and buy a team...they have the right to tell him no. Trust me...it was a money decision and that is all. Case in point...everybody you just mentioned in your article...Favre, Vick...etc. ...they all stil have value to the league to bring money in. I think Favre has the hottest selling Jersey right now and there are plenty of people out there right now that still like Vick.

Mando,

One of your best ever. Those who call him racist need to look in the mirror a little closer before passing judgement. Rush isn't a racist. Go through his 20+ years now on the radio and count on one hand the things he's said that are not true.

Keep up the good work. J E T S suck suck suck.

When did Jessie Jackson and Al Sharpton start running the country? I am getting sick of this race crap. Can't they get a new game or is all of thier income derived from race bating!

ASK YOURSELF THIS ;
Q,,,,WHY HE DIDN'T GE IN W/DOLPHINS AS A PATNER ?

A,,,,B/C IT'S NOT GOOD FOR BUSINESS.NOW YOU HAVE MANY DIFFERENT PEOPLE AS PARTNERS ,BUT ONCE HE COMES IN ALL PEOPLE LIKE Gloria.S .mark antony,j.lo BFFET,THE WILLIAMES,and the rest will run for the exit gate .

get in

And of course the extremely high percentage of black voters voting for Obama was not a racist vote, right?

Armando..two words from the 70's . . . RIGHT ON!!!! I could not have said it better. Rush needs to sue NBC and CNN until they apoligize OR produce the evidence!!!

Wow...I can't believe they took down my post...

This is exactly what you get when dumb uneducated people elect a inexperienced, thug who has ties to the most Anti American people and terrorists Barrack HUSSANE Obama. His Chicago Style of trying to destroy ANYONE who is not on his side was known to be his "MO".

ALL the media hyped and STILL hypes the Obama and they never report on all the destruction of America that he and his pepe like Nancy pelosi and Harry Reed are doing.

YUP... So, HOW can any of you be so surprised that they called all the people and the LIBERAL SOCILIEST ANTI AMERICAN media to bash Rush and accuse him of false sayings, etc. Did you think that Obama would allow an AMERICAN to buy a Football team???

So... NOW Obama is running the NFL.

PS; Just look at Sunday Night NBC crew with the Anti American Liberal from MSNBC who they prop up as a sports guy...

Even if he was absent..

MY question for you all is this.

HAVE YOU EVER AND I MEAN EVER SEEN SUCH A BORING PRE GAME SHOW FOR THE SUNDAY NIGHT NBC GAME???

I watch re-runs until the game starts.

Gee I thought this was a blog about Dolphins. Maybe someone should delete Mando's post for a change.

OK. So Limbaugh has a right to own a football team racist or not.
Would black players then have a right to refuse a draft to this team?
If not would a black player who is forced to play give 100%?
If Limbaugh's recruiters then in response recruited only white players who were willing to play (since I suspect that most talented white players would support the black players) wouldn't the team then become a circus and be destructive to the NFL?
...and what about the NFL Players Association? - I think Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson are just the tip of the iceberg.

Mando,

This is why I read everything you write. You are my favorite sports journalist because you are one of the very few that will go where the facts lead, and be brave enough to report it even if it goes against any predisposition you may have had before reporting on it. Thank you, as what you do is rare in the media.

Terrific piece.

First of all, Rush himself is quite known for "making-up" quotes for other people. So, for him to be complaining that other people are doing it to him is rather hilarious. Rush, himself, has an agenda, not only on his talk show, but by "attempting" to be a part owner of a football team is also an agenda. If the NFL owners don't want Rush to be in their agenda, that's their right to do so because they don't have to let him in. And, just the fact that Rush has stated he hopes Obama fails as a President is enough for me to see he puts his own personal agenda ahead of the country's. Grant it, he may wish a government backed healthcare plan doesn't go into law, he may wish the budget would be different, but to wish a President fail? Are you kidding me? I'm in the U.S. Navy and I'm so happy Rush hopes our President fails because that has nothing to do with my security or my country's, does it? As much as I didn't agree with Bush, I never would have hoped for him to fail as a President. Who, in their right mind, wants a leader of their own nation to fail? But, you know, I'll fight to defend Rush's right to speak his mind, but I won't cry if the NFL turns him down to be a part owner, it's their right. The whole "N word" argument is a totally separate issue, Mondo, and you know it. There is socially scientific evidence about how certain words permeate in a culture and are very acceptable by one, but not the other. This issue is far different than any contradiction the NFL may have for allowing Michael Vick back and excluding Rush. The Michael Vick situation is one that still bothers me as the whole argument of "giving him a second chance" seems ridiculous. Second chance to me means he served his time and now he has to go get a real job. With his abilities there are literally hundreds of different jobs he could do, so, why is "second chance" only to come back to the NFL? If I'm a teacher and I do something that illegal and stupid, I serve my time and NEVER am allowed to teach again, so my second chance is doing another job. Rush is not Michael Vick and comparing the two situations is fair, I suppose, in the sense that the NFL deemed one worthy and the other not worthy. I would have no problem if vick and rush were both excluded. I guess, if I were of Rush's mind, I should hope he fails? :)

You are making too much sense. Beware the thought police coming to get you.

My original post didn't come through so here it is abbreviated form:

1. I'm surprised by this blog. Good for Mando's writing and thoughts; bad for getting this political bc now we have nuts on both sides-and I don't mean the Jets or Pats.

2. For the idiots who think Black culture allows the N word- you are low class. I hope Black culture is more than just blunts, 40s, bass music, and big booty girls. The N word by any person is disgraceful and disrespectful. Condoning the use of that word because you are Black is stupid. Don't tell me about context, connatation, or inflection. The bottom line is that N----a is terrible word. And the stuff above is not Black culture, unfortunately it is American culture.

3. Rush is an idiot but an entertainer...Ppl who are judging him now and never listened to him are bigger idiots and sheep.

You have more divisive ppl in this country, such as Jesse Jackson, Rev Al Sharpton, and Minister Farakkan. Where is the outrage on them?

And the players who say they won't play for him or against him or full of crap. This is a business. They should look at the current owners bc I would bet you have some racists or divisive owners already.

And how hypocritical that you have so many players who are thugs, addicts, "killers", and on and on, but it is ok. Give them a 2nd chance. But not Rush bc he is a racist-maybe is or not but you can't prove it even though he's been on the air. Those other comments are made up.

I would definitely put Limbaugh in the same category as Jackson and Sharpton. One of the big problems is this growing concept that because someone says something is different (or polarizing) then it must be a controversy. This is not true. I think it is fairly obvious that certain "news" networks lean far in one direction and distort facts to fit their agenda and use leading titles or questions to influence their viewers. It works in both directions of the political sliding scale. I think you hit on the problem, Armando, when mentioned Limbaugh's polarizing "view of the world". That itself is the problem -- somehow what is "true" has become a weird equation that tries to balance several different world views. But truth doesn't work like that. There is true and not true. But now we have two sides of politics that back the truth when it supports their world view and attribute it to the "mischievous right/left" when it doesn't. Limbaugh is an ass, as are O'Reilly and Beck. All they do is yell and mislead by relying on faulty logic. But hey, it's good business... just like Jerry Springer or Real Housewives... sigh...

A different take:

Isn't Rush trying to be part of a solution to fix the St. Louis Rams? Isn't St. Louis a pretty minority dense city? If he was truly as racist as many think, wouldn't he want to cozy up to a more friendly area?

He loves football. He came from Missouri. He wants to fix the team so the area can be proud. That's racist?

You judge a man not by what he does in public, but by his actions done in private.

Here, he's trying to help.

Should the Ford's be removed from the Lions ownership since Henry was considered anti semite?

This whole issue is sad - and Rush got jobbed. I hope you all that were against his participation buy Rams clothes to help them make money to get better players.

Armando,

Its not your place to insult Jessie or Al. You are a white Cuban who enjoys the freedom that Al and Jessie were leaders in the fight for. Every right you enjoy was won by a 'n' word not a Cuban! You should just say thanks and keep moving as opposed to pretending that nobility is your motivation for this article.


This conflict is between black Americans and white Americans as it always has been. We are family. A dysfunctional family no doubt, but family all the same. Do not try to understand the position of the commissioner. He is white and he and his family have a past in a country which includes slavery. Our racially charged history has been ongoing long before Cubans even arrived in MIA. Sorry bro, being a minority doesn't mean that you understand that.

Ditto. You are now my favorite sports journalist. I bought the Miami Dolphins IPod APP and read your blog every morning with breakfast. You say what needs to be said.

Magic_Marc -

Your comments are some of the most eliteist and arrogant that I have ever read.

Didn't the republicans with Lincoln free the slaves? If so, I guess using your logic, no Democrat should ever voice their opinion on race.

Heck, the Democrats were against the right for women to vote, too. So I guess woman owe their freedom to republicans, too.

Your arguement is specious.

This is not a conflict. This is a willful smear of someone using lies. Just like the idiots that are on the birther crusade.

Yea ok ... Armando whatever. I have a one word response. Scoreboard ... scoreboard, buddy.

Armando, I follow your blog daily, sincerely you are a text book example of what a professional writer should be.
Great blog today on the TRUTH.........

Mando, guaranteed if you didn't have this cushy, dreamy job of making a good salary, mingling in the locker room, practice and field with men millions of children look up to as heroes, you wouldn't be this big Republican that you are. Not to talk crap on you but leave politics out of a football blog. Yes we have freedom of speech but just as your being devisive now, Rush is 10 times more. There are thousands of people who read your blog of minority decent, of less than stable economic means, families whose loves ones have been shipped overseas by the past present, they come on here to read about the Dolphins. Leave it at that.

Well done Mando.

When I hear someone speak of diversity, they think different races, not different thoughts/ideas. At its core, this is racist.

You can celebrate diversity anyway you want, as long as its the same way I do.

Good, that terrorist anti-American scumbag shouldn't be anywhere near any sports team.

I'll give him credit though, he managed to get rich enough to try and become a part owner. How does that make all you dumb ditto heads feel? He plays you people like a violin. I bet he doesn't even really care about half the crap he says. He just figures out how to keep you morons in a frenzy so he can rake in more dough.

The guy should be kicked out of the country.

How dare you portray this garbage political rant supporting an insane racist as Dolphins news!!!!!!!!

Armando,

Thanks for this. I agree with your points. I am a libertarian -- fiscal conservative so I agree with a great deal of what Limbaugh says. On the other hand, I do find him annoying and I think he often hurts his cause. It is quite certain that he is getting rougher treatment than many. However, some of it is that people like me think he is a bag of wind that is too obnoxious, so I don't tend to defend him among my liberal friends and I don't listen to him much.

I don't like celebrity owners. I may start to change my 40 plus year worship of the Phins, because I don't like the owners including the Williams sisters.

BTW, the person that said N word in context has a point, but I would like it if African Americans stopped using that word all together.

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