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Limbaugh issue: Hypocrisy abounds in the NFL

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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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Congratulations on having the courage on writing a piece like this. I am non partisan, but do listen to Limbaugh occasionally and agree with him some times and not at all at other times. I think Limbaugh is a shrewd businessman, and would not mix his politics with an NFL team.

WHAT REALLY GETS LOST IN ALL THE DELUGE ABOUT RIGHT-LEFT, REP-DEM IS THERE IS ONLY ONE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT AND BOTH PARTIES TAKE TURNS PLAYING GOODCOP-BADCOP AND KNOW ONE NOTICES.

OUR 1 CENTRAL GOVERNMENT IS PLAYING ITS PEOPLE LIKE A STRATAVARRIOUS VIOLIN. DIVIDE AND CONQUER. IF THE ONE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT CAN KEEP US ALL PREDOMINANTLY SPLIT ALONG PARTY LINES IT CAN INNOCULATE ITSELF FROM THREATS OF OUTSTER FOR A THOUSAND YEARS.

WE ARE ALL SHEEP TO THE SLAUGHTER WHEN IT COMES TO THIS. THEY ARE EVEN SLOWLY STRIPPING AWAY OUR RIGHTS AS AMERICAN CITIZENS. THIER PLAN IS MASTERFUL. THIER PARTY IS ONE, THOUGH THEY FEIGN FALSE ILLUSIONS ITS A PARTY OF TWO.

DIVIDE AND CONQUER, WE ARE ALL ASLEEP AT THE SWITCH AS OUR WHOLE GOVERNMENT LEADS ALONG THE DREADED PATH TO COMPLETE AND DOMINABLE TOTALITARIANISM. HOW LONG WILL YOU SLEEP AMERICA, HOW LONG WILL YOU SLUMBER?

P.S. THE ONE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT HAS NO FEAR I WARN YOU BECAUSE YOU ALREADY ARE SO FIRMLY IN THIER MITTS. THEY KNOW YOU WILL DISMISS MY COMMENTS AS LUNATIC AND SO DO I. ENJOY YOUR SLEEP, ENJOY YOUR SLUMBER. FOR ONE DAY YOU WILL AWAKEN TO A HORRIFIC TRUTH.

Tommya, you've offically played the race card, welcome to being a member of the oppressed minority. Be carefull the system doesn't start putting it's wieght on your front door. Power to the people my brother, keep fighting the good fight,is it too soon to yell white power yet?

And by the way I'm of German descent and my best friend since childhood is black and calls me "N", I call him "BOB"! He thinks this is funny and it used to be, PRE PC. We could sit around and actually tell funny jokes without looking to see if someone is within hearing range, or check our voices as not to be heard. Being PC has probably been the biggest divider in this country, causing actual dialog about race relations to be stymied as not to offend. Yet I may be called names and thusly offended, and it is perfectly approved of by the Liberals.

Very well put. I'm a Rush Baby and a huge fan of El Rushbo. He should have killed a few puppies or raped a 13 year old girl 30 years ago, then he would have been forgiven.

Look at all the scared and mad postings out here. Armando is certainly doing his job as a human being opening a debate on a subject that has been taboo for over a century. Many posters are yelling foul and they are correct. During the past 100 years many issues that were wrong and were covered up by the color of ones skin. Yes in the beginning the white skinned people got most of the advantages and now its been the black skinned people. That is all wrong always has been and always will be. I see a lot of fear by the whites to publicly address situations that they know are wrong just because the people involved in those situations are black. That is the sadness in this whole situation that we as a nation would reduce ourselves into a sense of fear just because of skin color. Many of us you can continue to justify this like many of our forefathers did by continuing to live in the history of our nation. What a shame. This country needs brave men and women all to stand up for what is right and wrong not black white or any other color. Be a heroe to someone today stand up and do the right thing. Armando thanks for opening this topic up it needs to be opened up and stay open until it is corrected. \

Double standard for players vs ownership? Well yeah! Does the Miami Herald come out looking differently if you are arrested for running a dog fighting ring or if its Gary B. Pruitt - Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of the McClatchy Company who owns the Miami Herald and many other newspapers? I think it would.

Even though you, as a columnist, are better known than Gary B. Pruitt whose name I didn't know when I started this post, Pruitt represents more people. Nobody lumped all NFL players together as being cruel to animals when the Vick story broke. It made Michael Vick look bad and the NFL was damaged only by his association it. However, if Arthur Blank was proven to be complicit in Vick's brutal and illegal operation... That's a different story

Which brings me to Rush. I think you would agree that Rush is not a spokesman for all conservatives. He is a spokesman for Himself, EIB (whatever that is) and his legion of ditto-heads. One can argue whether or not he can attribute his success to being thought-provoking or inflammatory as it's all a matter of degrees. What you can't argue is that the NFL, in blocking his ownership bid, is doing so so protect itself from an endless string of sound bites that would make them look bad.

I'm not saying Rush is Marge Schott with a microphone. The NFL is saying that he could be infinity worse. Who are we, or anybody else to say, that they're not right.

NYJeff

NBC Has such low ratings, it doesn't have 95% of any race. lol NBC News is racist against whites and has the lowest ratings of any news group. On Obama's inauguration day a NBC anchor Tom Brokaw said " All White People Are Racist " end quote. This is after white people had just elected a half black president.

Dyingbreed,
Amen to that brother were all divided on race ,health reform and the corrupt politicians just keep laughing to the bank. as they reap all the rewards of the congress and senate seats that they hold.

Dyingbreed you should switch to IM's the po's aren't working, contact your casemanager they'll get you in for your next appt faster.

What more proof is needed than here WE are, all of US, talking about this subject on a SPORTS article. We can all LOVE the same TEAM, be a MEMBER of that team, but because WE have differences in OPINION, COLOR of SKIN, ECONOMIC UPBRINGING, we are LABELED! NOT each other WE listen to OTHERS to direct our LABELING!!!!
Are WE all not AMERICANS, is it not our CIVIC DUTY TO QUESTION the ACTIONS of our GOVERNMENT and THOSE WE ELECT TO OFFICE, and I will GLADLY take any LABEL given to ME for the PRIVILEGE of DOUBTING those ELECTED OFFICIALS that I may DISAGREE with. BRING IT ON HATERS!!!!!!!!!

Mark,
You should go to youtube and look for a video called the the OBAMA Deception its long but just the first few minutes tells the whole story about him and what he really stands for. Hes the puppet for the real people who run this country the WALL ST. Eletist,the federal reserve and the american war machine, look what he promised look and what hes done NOTHING, of the things he said to get Elected.

The problem is people speaking the truth often get pegged as racist! It's not politically correct to state your mind, and the evident.

Rush is also without finese. Sometimes it's a good thing, but most always his down fall.

All he had to do was include himself in the "media wants" statement, and it would've never gotten as far out of hand as it did. And personally, I believe he did want McNabb to do good! Why NOT?! He just stated what he saw, or perceived as true from his perspective!

But then again, it wouldn't have been a Rush move to use finese!

The way I see it is: If Rush were racist, it would be pretty apparent, and without question.

And "race" will always be an issue, until we "ALL" stop making it an issue!

Really, whats the edge in using race as anything at this point?! It's almost laughable that it has any advantage at all... except apparently discrediting someone in an instant!

All you have to do is disagree with someone of another race to be labeled a racist! So what is the answer?

We're either "ALL" racists, or we "ALL" are not.

UNITED WE STAND, DIVIDED WE FALL. THANKS TO THE ONE CENTRAL GOVT THE PEOPLE ARE FALLEN YET ARE TO BLINDED BY THIER SLUMBER TO SEE.

THE ONE CENTRAL GOVT HAS USED ITS POWERFUL PROGANDA MACHINE FOR HUNDREDS OF YEARS TO EFFECTIVELY NEUTRALIZE GOVERNMENT BY THE PEOPLE FOR THE PEOPLE. WE ARE NOW EFFECTIVELY BECOME GOVERNMENT SHILLS AND MARKS.

HOW LONG WILL YOU SLEEP, HOW LONG WILL YOU SLUMBER? THE PEOPLE NOW RUN ABOUT LIKE THE BLINDED WITH THIER EYES PLUCKED OUT. WE HAVE FAST BECOME A "SOCIETY OF BRAIL."

ARMANDO HAS A NEW FOOTBALL POST. I REPEAT FOOTBALL ONLY POST FARMERS .WE GOT YOUR IDIOTIC POINTS ON BOTH SIDES ,NO YOU CAN RETURN TO BE HUMEN AGAIN.

Obama me la I'll do that if you'll watch the documentary "Out Foxed". As we both know there's no better source for accurate info than y-tube, well maybe wikipedia.

Mark,
IF youre so intelligent and im out foxed, then we all are lost in america.

No insult intended sorry if you took it that way. The title of the doc. is really Out Foxed. Made by ex fox new editors and exect who left when Maddox started pushing the Bush agenda so openly. What I'm trying to say is take in concideration your source of info. and this country has been in trouble since it's inception but it hasn't stopped us yet. God bless the union.

There's a lot of confusion and just plain ignorant people here.

1st: Nothing wrong with being a racist. Millions love racing whether it be open wheel, NASCAR or drag racing.
2nd: Polarization, quality sunglasses are polarized. Mine are Maui Jim's and they're great.
3rd: Rush is a very fine musical group and they're not even American

Hope this clears up a few things.

just read your post it let me know why I would never pay for that rag you work for,the herald and that America made a big leap to the right we shut Rush the rich dope head down. USA......USA......USA..

If Rush isn't a spokesperson for the Republican Party, then why do they all cower in fear and apologize any time he calls one of them out? Why was he the keynote speaker at the CPAC convention? Anyone who thinks Rush is right about anything is a complete moron anyway. He has no ideology. He's all over the map and sounds like Archie Bunker on acid.

hate limbaugh. hate his politics. totally agree he should be allowed the right to own a team. this is America. we need to stand up for everyone's rights under the constitution to lif. liberty and property wether we agree with their political views or not.

I believe he's just a bigot and I personally can't stand him or his rhetoric. That being said, he deserves the right to pursue his endeavors. This is America, right? I am sure there are plenty of other owners who are just as..conservative, as he is in the NFL. Limbaugh just happens to have the biggest microphone and it is always on.

In response to the N-word being used in locker rooms, I expected a little more insight than that. Context is everything! Take into consideration the history of this country and the predominate culture of your average locker room. Just like any other word in the english language (or any other language), context, tone and audience have to be taken into consideration. If you don't understand that, then ask someone why they are using the word and obtain a better understanding. Commenting superficially like that is beneath you.

If Rush wants to own a team, I say more power to him.

oh yeah, I am a Progressive Democrat proudly serving my nation!

SSgt, USAF!

mando I think your take is skewed because of your political direction. Your example of the N-word is completely ridiculous. The way a black man may use it is different than if someone else would. Here's a "journalistic" word for you....connotation. This word can have different connotations. The way Jason used it is different than if a racist would use it. An example of this is the word boy. It can be used to show a close relationship between men like That's my boy right there. Or it can be used racially and to show disrespect....Who are you talkin to 'boy'? So to put a blanket over the N-word is doing exactly what you accuse your media brothers of doing. So who is the real hypocrite.

"""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.""""

If this doesn't imply racism (black men telling a white man what he can/can't do), then I don't know what does.

This was excellent journalism, thank you for a great, credible read.

Look, this is America. If Rush Limberger wants to own a team and has the money that he has gotten from right wing anti American bigots, then I say yes, but he has to play fullback for the team. I want very much to see him hit. Hard!

According to transcripts posted on his Web site, in 2007 Limbaugh said: "The NFL all too often looks like a game between the Bloods and the Crips without any weapons. There, I said it."
-WOW
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.

"What is happening to the National Football League, what is about to happen to it, has already happened to Wall Street, has already happened to the automobile business," Limbaugh said.

-Armando pay attention,

Limbaugh said he was victimized in the media by "misreporting, lying, repeating the lies while also saying 'Limbaugh denies,' repeating the made-up quotes, the blind hatred."

"Believe me, the hatred that exists in this is found in the sportswriter community, it's found in the news business, it's found in the race hustler business," Limbaugh said.

-Self Promotion,

Limbaugh said Checketts telephoned on Tuesday, asking him to withdraw from the group. Limbaugh responded that he wouldn't withdraw and that Checketts would have to "go public and fire me," and thought the news would be made public Thursday morning.

Armando,

You really should just stick to football reporting. When it comes to politics you are clearly out of your league. Not sure why you chose to interview players instead of ownership for this piece of propaganda, but i think i have a clue.
You seem to be one of those pathetic indivduals who has a deep seated resentment of some of those whom you report on that you feel don't deserve all the riches and acclaim they get for doing something you wish you could because they don't speak or act like you think they should. How exactly would you "clean up" the NFL?

As for Limbaugh, i could care less about the "troubles" of an amoral rank entertainer who made his fortune stirring up hatred and pitting poeple against one another just because he got his butt kicked by people who just happen to have more money. Give me a break.

I love it how when most people on here don't agree with somebodies opinion they resort to personal attacks and ridicule, rather than discuss the issue based on fact. This is a page right out of the libs playbook. Great post Armando. Some of you people on here need to grow up! Fact is, at the end of the day those that are unhappy and miserable will always be that way. I don't know why this is, your guy is on office and your party owns congress.

Markeyh, you said:
Funny thing is I was just starting to like your post Mando....

I have lost what little respect I had for you. You are not Black and so you twist what Black’s say out of context to try and make some point.

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

...so... care to explain HOW or WHY Jesse and Al are so different..??? Can you even do it..? I doubt it, LOL

The only difference is, Jesse and Al ARE racist, they love fueling racism at every turn, they drop the race card for attention... and Rush by far, is tame in comparison.

I knew that's what you meant but couldn't clarify it... :-)

Stephen Ross is a much more polarizing owner than Rush would have been. Rush would have been a minority partner and would have done virtually nothing with the football side of things. Ross is already using the Dolphins' franchise to push his pro-amnesty far left agenda. He has officials calling games in Spanish? Insane.

October is also Down's Syndrome Awareness month and there's a little known Miami QB by the name of Dan Marino who's been championing this worthy cause for years along with his autism causes. Why didn't Ross let a boy with Down's Syndrome sing the national anthem or call the first penalty?

October is also the awareness month for breast cancer, AIDS awareness, and bunch of other worthy causes that aren't controversial. Did anyone notice the chorus of boos after the penalty call in Spanish. Illegal immigration is a very polarizing issue in this country and many Americans are tired of there being millions of people in America illegally who can't speak English. Try having your construction business go under because your competition is hiring non-English speaking illegals at bargain basement prices at which you can't come close to competing. Ross is giving the finger to all hardworking Americans whose wallet has been hurt by illegals that only speak Spanish.

The problem with Limbaugh isn't principles, it's personal taste. A lot of people strongly dislike Rush, so they try to hurt him. There are many more controversial owners in sports than Rush.

mrjohnson does not like hispanics, racist b@stard

mrmrjohnson does not like hispanics, racist b*stard

I disagree with your post Armando. You are comparing apples to oranges, you can not put a person in power who holds racist views towards 65% of the people he would be over. If he was a player then you are correct he would have every right to play for whatever team he wanted to play for. Mike Vic would never be allowed to own a NFL team. This has nothing to do with politics it has to do with this man being a racist. Every Owner in the NFL support McCain in the last election except for the Steelers owner. That is not a problem, being a republican is not the same thing as being a racist. I'm disappointed you didnt know the difference.

Mando, how can you defend a guy who has openly said "I hope the President of the USA fails" is beyond me. I'm Cuban (born in Miami) and now live in NYC. I play politics down the middle but I say this, idiots like Limbaugh are the ones POLARIZING America (and are why I am voting Democrat on most ocassions these days). This guy spews hate (such as the well publicized comments above) for a living, and appeals to narrow minded simpletons to make his money (check his demographics and see who exactly listens to him).

Even if racist comments can not be directly attributed to him, certainly his very public views are extremely controversial and not something that NFL owners want (many said they would not approve him). Would he better than a-holes like Mark Cuban or Jerry Jones, maybe...but neither of those guys have come out and made a living making outrageous statements. Owners would have voted him out. I think I understand your point regarding the media edging players for comments and the NFLPA as well-point well taken...but again, the media is the reason America is polarized, and Limbaugh is leading the charge. You make good points, but Limbaugh is what he is.

Anyways, enough of this---Let's go DOLPHINS!

One of the best coloms of yours I have ever read. Mybe you should write political commentary as well!!!! No then they would fire you!

Keep it up!

This is McCarthyism in reverse. Where is the ACLU? How come they don't protect Limbaugh's rights?

Mando, you shouldn't be writing columns for the Miami Herald, you should be running the Miami Herald. You are outstanding in your clear-thinking undressing of all the parties and their agendas. That is what journalism used to be about.

Phin4Life,

I understand what you're trying to say, just don't understand how you think Leno making fun of rednecks is only for black people's enjoyment. Making fun of rednecks is pretty much a staple for any comedian and they don't care who the audience is. Like I said, Jeff Foxworthy and Larry the Cable guy have made millions of dollars by making fun of rednecks and their audiences are mostly white. Whites make fun of whites all the time, so I don't know how that supports a leftwing agenda, especially considering many of the Foxworthy/Cable guy fans are centrist to rightwingers. Go figure, eh? :)

"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."

When Limbaugh was first fired I was listening to a sports radio talk show and the commentator was saying how much Limbaugh was a racist and he was glad he was fired. He said that if Limbaugh thinks that the media is desireous of black quarterbacks and black coaches doing well, that makes him racist. he then went on to ask his porducer, how many black coaches are there in the NFL, and he started counting them off, and then he said there are only 3 black coaches and there should be alot more.

That is the very thing Rush was saying, and he verified it and then called Rush a racist for saying it...You are right Armando, such hypocrisy in the media...especially left leaning.

Big , Maxx and others....You know who you are!
You are reality based, with excellent observations. Rush is free to do anything he wants. He is who he is by choice, and he is making millions doing it. His outrageous statements bring him high ratings, just like this current controversy is. However, the rest of us are free to cheerlead his outrageous behavior or despise him for it.

It appears the partners realized his continuous polarizing commentary and decided not to cheer. The majority of NFL owners feel the same way, and he became uninvited to the club. Rush lives on in the bed he makes; spewing hypocritical comedy to anyone that has nothing better to do.

Run Ricky Run....Go Phins

Here's the deal - Limbaugh can't throw like a Mike Vick or tackle like a Ray Lewis so they get a pass for their transgressions, they can get investors anywhere as the Dolphins "Investor Owner Flavor of the Week" proves.
Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton are not racist, they hate all whites the same.

Good post Armando - and for Oliver Rubber who suggested your firing - too bad his parents didn't use exactly that, a rubber

kevin is a load that should have been swallowed

The Miss America Organization says Rush Limbaugh will be a judge for the 2010 pageant in Las Vegas. OMG


Some Rush controversial statements.....

"Feminism was established so as to allow unattractive women easier access to the mainstream of society."

"We're not sexists, we're chauvinists -- we're male chauvinist pigs, and we're happy to be because we think that's what men were destined to be. We think that's what women want."

"Sexual harassment at this work station will not be reported.
However...it will be graded!!!"


"He is exaggerating the effects of the disease. He's moving all around and shaking and it's purely an act. ... This is really shameless of Michael J. Fox. Either he didn't take his medication or he's acting." --on an ad by Michael J. Fox

"The NAACP should have riot rehearsal. They should get a liquor store and practice robberies."

"They oughtta change Black History Month to Black Progress Month and start measuring it."

"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."

"Sorry to say this, I don't think he's been that good from the get-go. 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." --on Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb, while working as a commentator on ESPN

"The only way to reduce the number of nuclear weapons is to use them."

.......Look em up....plenty more available.....


Run Ronnie Run........Go Phins

Armando,
Thanks for an excellent commentary.

I just read in last weeks Sports Illustrated about Kenny Washington and Woody Strode integrating the NFL. I think about Jackie Robinson. As a white man, I'm angry at a country that took way too long to treat black people fairly. It shouldn't have taken 100 years for blacks to gain the right to vote after the Civil War. All of that mistreatment of blacks helps explain the enduring racial divide in this country. We have gone from way too unjust on racial issues to overkill. Anything said today regarding African Americans by a white person can easily be labeled racist. Disagree with Obama's reckless spending? You're a racist. Don't think a black person should get special consideration just because of the color of their skin? You're a racist. It goes on and on. Of course, this only broadens the racial divide. When I move again I will move out of the town I live in because everything seems to be characterized through a racial lens. I'm so tired of it. Just as the child cried wolf one too many times, so the cries of racism lose their meaning when invoked so frequently and recklessly. The Jesse Jacksons and Al Sharptons of this world seek to fragment this country because exploiting racial anger keeps them in the public eye. What do these two men actually do for a living anyway? I wish we could move on because the whole issue is so tiresome. Why can't we move beyond race? I listen to Rush Limbaugh sometimes. I don't agree with every single thing the man says. I'll tell you this - he's no racist. He believes in the power of the individual regardless of color. And so do I. If they can come after Rush, who has money and a big microphone, what can they do to people like you or me?

Thanks for an honest assessment of the situation....

Mando,

I am a 43 caucasion male. I work in an industry also dominated by people of color. None of us could afford to buy a piece of a sports franchise.

This is not about racism. Though you point out that the "n" word is used prolifically; the problem with your assumption is that you seem to forget history. You and I and most caucasions I know have never owned a slave...that's usually the non-black arguement for this notion of reverse racism.

This is about money....power...greed. Racism is merely a side note here. Rush does not stand for racists, though his rants would make one wonder....

This is about a sports reporter sticking up for a rich, former? drug addict middle-aged caucasion male who loathes a current president - or more accurately - a current wave of philosophy rising in this country that will make him less rich.

And you would feel sorry for him?

I respect his right to say things, even if they fan the flames of hatred.

But while you write about hypocracy here, it was his own brethren - other rich, caucasion, middle-aged men who decided that having Rush on their team might make them less rich.

Mando, are you doing so well financially that you would support this man who likely doesn't care so much about the color of your skin, but rather that you don't eat into his pie?

My father used to say, "There's nothing more pathetic than a poor republican." He did not say this as an insult to a party that embraces greed; he was taking a jab at those of us who foresake "OUR" brethren (the middle class?) by supporting and defending those who would keep us from joining their club.

You that Ambitious, Armando? Or just that pathetic?

PS: I like your writing, Armando. And I respect your views...on football. This is not the first time we've been down a political road in your column. And it has always been clear where you stand.

But you, Fox News and Rush are the proof that the notion of a "liberal media" is a hoax. I mean, seriously, news agency are owned by corporations who certainly do better financially under Republican rule. I used to work for one...I have first hand experience.

But I do enjoy your opinions anyway...much more than Rush or Glenn. Thanks for sticking your toes in some acidic waters. It's fun.

i've live a very longtime and never have i read something so crazy as this article. you should be ashamed of yourself you little cuban mexican.

Is Armando Cuban for Jose?

Can someone please euthanize Belchos. He needs to be put outta his angry, bitter, crappy misery.

I have to reconsider how I think now. Thanks for thought provoking commentary.

Great article Mando,

this is reperations basically, black people get to "tell it like it is" and speak their mind w/o being called out or questioned and white people just have to take it.

"rodger the dodger" Goodell strikes again, amazing how corporate white america folds under the terroristic threats of Sharpton because they are so afraid of losing advertisement and sponsership dollars. how sad, grow a pair!

adjczar,

I agree with your comments, especially your father's quote, "there's nothing more pathetic than a poor republican". I've never understood why someone would support a millionaire who doesn't support legislation for those less fortunate or in need.

Anyhoo, to me, I believe this was just another stunt by a man who knows how to pull off stunts and draw attention (audience = revenue) to himself. So, more power to Rush for success by failure.

I'm glad he's not a minority or majority owner of the Dolphins just as much as I am glad we didn't get Vick.

how much do u want to bet, the Miami Herald will get slammed with emails asking for an apology and or termination of Mando's job for speaking is mind, so sad

everyone is so wanting and willing to force their opinions and beliefs on others to change their mind and yet so unbending in their own.

if we are going to have open and honest dialogue about race, its going to get ugly sometimes and u are going to hear things u don't like but its neccesary so we can better understad each other and hash out our differences.

AND wHILE wERE oN tHE sUBJEcT....

can we have at least one home security commercial where it's not the white guy breaking in everytime, just once, please lol

The problem with Rush is not that he is conservative. It's that he has INTENTIONALLY been divisive and insulting to many Americans in the crass pursuit of profit. The same can be said for Michael Moore. I would oppose EITHER of those two for the very reasons that should be evident after reading this board: they bring out the worst in people. They are the lesser demons of our nature...and should have no place in the world of sports.

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