NFL Players executive director DeMaurice Smith on Saturday made a move to solidify the union against a bid by conservative talk show radio host Rush Limbaugh as part of a group that aims to purchase the St. Louis Rams.
In an e-mail to the union's executive committee on Saturday specifically addressing Limbaugh's bid, Smith said, "I've spoken to the Commissioner [Roger Goodell] and I understand that this ownership consideration is in the early stages. 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.
The article goes on to say that seven players have publicly come out against Rush's bid to buy the Rams. Rush was always a controversial figure in and of itself. He became very controversial in the NFL following his racial comments regarding Donovan McNabb.
This is a tough call. I don't think that Rush is a racist though he certainly made several comments that are racial. Whether it's right or not, if this move divides the league, it's not a good idea. Rush has amassed many enemies in his life and many of them can stir the pot to derail his bid. The good of the NFL is more important than the good of Rush Limbaugh. It appears his bid is going to split the league. In that case, it's not good for the NFL, whether it's fair or not.