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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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good u won't be missed. whats the matter, u cant have open discussion and dialogue because someone has a different opinion than yours, nobody cares, leave, what a baby.

Rush Limbaugh's not racist, he's just high (all the time)!

Well Armando I think you wrote one hell of a piece and made alot of people think.Kind of un-heard of in this day.I have a lot of respect for how you and how you said what was on your mind.Keep on doing what you do!

(Standing and applauding) I hope Rush gets wind of your article. Go Dolphins!

Wow, that's a lot of information I didn't know. Thanks for shedding some light, Mr S.

When you look around and see Al Davis and some of the colorful, historical NFL owners from the "Glory" days, or even Rooney of the Steelers, it seems weird to me that the NFL would start getting judgemental. I thought they LIKED their owners to be quirky! I really did.

Yes it is foolish to put Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton & Rush in the same boat because Jesse & Al are RACIST. Rush is not.
Being on the air 3 hours a day for 20 years, thats 15,600 HOURS of Rush Speak. So Play for me the racist comments. with ALL those hours, Im sure you have tape after tape of racist comments.
PRODUCE THEM OR SHUT THE HELLL UP with your slander

It seems that there are quite a few ignorant lefties on this blog especially the moron overseas. Of course redundancy prevails when citing ignorance and left in the same sentence.

miadolph1,

If you want examples, fine, not really a problem, I'll give you two. Listen to Rush's viewpoint on why he thinks "black youth are angry". That's a rather juicy one.

Then listen to how Rush feels about how people are responding to the flood in Iowa and parts of Illinois versus how people in New Orleans have responded to Katrina. This one is a rather subtle cut, yet a cut none the less.

These are two examples of how Rush doesn't just come out and say exaclty how he feels, but the implications are rather revealing about how he feels about certain "people". And, if you think his information is factual, it is not, it is just opinion. Just like yours and mine.

And, as far as people slandering Rush, sure, it is true, he has been slandered, but you must remember or, if you do not know, do some research of your own and discover that Rush himself is well known for misquoting others for his advantage. He's an entertainer, it's what they do.

So, have fun with that and then have fun actually defending what he says on both of those points without indicating yourself as a true believer of what Rush is really trying to say. Or, if you want, listen to both of those tapes and then you try to explain what Rush is saying. That should be interesting.

Perhaps you have listened to all 15,600 hours of Rush Speak and know for certain that he, indeed, is a lover of all peoples equally.

I'll be waiting for your words.

this was a fake issue designed to make rush a sympathetic figure. who reported these quotes? fox sports? rick sanchez? not exactly the stalwarts of leftist thinking today. Limbaugh knew that the mere mention of his name associated with an NFL team would send everyone in the media running around screaming. now he gets to play the victim and gets tons of free publicity. what a joke you are Armando to buy into it. Also, love to see all the righties rally around this as a real issue.

The only requirement for being an owner is the size of your wallet.

One comment about the piece:

"...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.'"

Neither of those are examples of 'racism' because Mormonism and Judaism are religions, not races.

I now see what kind of a guy you are, hopefully the Herald will dump you, this is a phins blog,
this is not the place for comments like yours, next you will a guest on the Rush station.
I hope that when you go into the locker room again Ronnie and Ricky kick tour ass.

All great points I wish mor ein the media could see things as clear as you. Keep it up

Armando it reads as if you and Rush are in bed together on this NFL thing.

You should go visit him at his home for futher discussion on this matter.

Make sure you bring along your rake, leaf blower, hedge clippers and riding mower so you can proceed past the front gate.

Live by the sword die by the sword…….

It is patently obvious that many of the people commenting on this topic are blatant racists. This article is the considered opinion of a member of a racial minority, the largest such group in the United States, I might add, therefore any disagreement therewith shall, by current standards, be deemed racism.

Armando - the BEST blog piece I have read in a very long time. You have my ultimate respect.

Armando - nice pts & excellent writing - your non-sports pieces are all top-notch - u should branch out more.
Kenviro - quite a conspiracy theory there. Would be fun to hear more from you on other topics.

This very well may be the best thing I've read all year! Bravo for not pulling any punches on this.

Good for you. This is a world of double standards, and I applaud you for confronting one head-on!

Your entire argument is flawed. First of all, how can you compare slang between African Americans in a locker room to a shock jock who purposely says racially charged comments to further his own popularity and political agenda? The comment about Mcnabb was racist. You may not understand because being Hispanic in s fl you are not really a minority. What does Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson have to do with this? Are they trying to own and NFL team? I don’t think they should ever be nfl owners for the same reasons limbaugh should not be. That said, Rush has contributed nothing positive to America. I don’t remember rush ever helping to free hostages overseas. Not once in your article do you compare apples to apples. Also, you attempted to compare an owners conduct to a players conduct. Players conduct is more tolerated because they still have the ability to make the owners more money. limbaughs presence will not have that effect. The eagles didn’t sign Vick out of the kindness out their hearts. They did it because he has value. That has nothing to do with being republican or democrat. It has to do with $. Nice try though. Regarding Smith and political monetary contributions, who cares? its not about politics its about rush being a bigot. I’m sure there are plenty of republican owners. who cares? another nice try, armando.
I don’t always agree with the way Sharpton and Jackson go about things but they have done a lot of things over the past 50 years in helping ALL minorities in this country. whether you like to admit it or not that includes you, sellout.

Armando,
It would be nice if your fellow columnist Greg Cote could provide the same kind of thoughtful analysis to support his opinion on this matter. Instead he has used his column to regurgitate the same kind of inane, inarticulate, non thought provoking bilge as the rest of the media. This is the fundamental problem we're facing as a society, and is the biggest reason for polarization. There are those who actively seek to find out the truth as you've done here, and others who just repeat what they've heard without doing any homework. (e.g. Greg Cote) The sad thing is that people such as Greg Cote aren't vilified for there poor work habits. Cote's comments were about as thought provoking as a 5 year old kindergartener calling his schoolmate stupid. The sad thing is that a lot of people just nod their heads and agree rather than challenging these fools to support their opinions with a stubborn little thing called facts.

Hey Belcho,
You and Greg Cote should get together. I think you guys would have a lot in common as you challenge each other with your formidable intellectual prowess.

OK,1 week to get better and how we gonna do it A-MAN?

Rick L. amen

Armando

given the inane and offensive comments you made before the election (African Americans not intelligent enough to be President, etc), I am not at all surprised you would support a like minded individual like Rush

Artmando anytime you address anything except fopotball, you remind us that you are really not a very smart or likeable individual

andyk, it is people like you that weaken America. Your comment is an out and out LIE. I have never, would never say anything even remotely close to what you just claimed I said.

Yet you and people like you make stuff up and then sit back and call people like me divisive, when in fact, you are a cancer on society.

What is your motivation for doing that? Do you get a kick out of simply fabricating crap? Or is there an actual agenda behind your lies?

Probably both.

Your problem is people are waking up and not standing idly by while you lie anymore. By the way, the St. Louis Post Dispatch retracted the comments it quoted Limbaugh as saying, because they are made up.

So do you have any moral character and retract your statement? Never mind, I just answered my own question.

I can't help but notice that all the people who claim how horrible Obama is seem to point out what he's GOING to do. We're all so blind we just can't see it! The same people who were so sure they were right about Bush--about Iraq--are now telling me how right they are again. How TOTALLY certain that Obama will destroy America!

Nuckin' futs.

I used to respect Conservatives. Now I just think they're sad...

Andyk, come to think of it, every lie you spew from here on will be deleted. Your libel will not be reprinted here. You are banned from this blog.

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