October 14, 2009, - 12:08 pm
Low Class: Now NFL Commissioner, Team Owner Attacking Limbaugh; Anti-Semitism, Death Threats OK for NFL Owners, But NOT Conservatism
I used to like NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell because he’s been tougher on NFL criminals than any previous NFL commissioner by far. But I don’t care for the guy anymore. In fact, he nauseates me. For him, anti-Semitism, Israel-hatred, and death threats coming from NFL owners is okay. But NOT conservatism.
Sickening: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell Now Attacking Limbaugh
Goodell lowered himself and entered the disgusting fray of faux-orthodoxy against Rush Limbaugh in his bid to become a part owner of the NFL’s St. Louis Rams. He attacked Limbaugh as “divisive” and publicly opposed his NFL ambitions. So did Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay. Limbaugh may very well soon own part of the Rams. And Goodell will have to eat crow and work with the ownership team of which he’s a part. This was a boneheaded move and not at all professional. Goodell reduced himself to a nobody by publicly denouncing Limbaugh. These people sound like Politburo members, not gazillionaire owners and executives of a major American sports monopoly.
Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay declared Tuesday that he would not approve a sale of the Rams to a group including Limbaugh, while NFL commissioner Roger Goodell cast polarizing comments by the conservative commentator as a “negative” for the league.
“I would not be in favor of voting for him,” said Irsay, adding that he might tap his former coach, current coach and the Colts’ star defensive end — all of whom are African-American — for direction. “If it was put before me, I could ask Tony Dungy, Jim Caldwell and Dwight Freeney and consult with them and see what position they’re coming from.
“Sometimes when there are comments made that are inappropriate, incendiary, insensitive … it’s bigger than football,” Irsay added. “As a nation, we have to watch the words that we say.”
Irsay maintains that owning an NFL franchise is a privilege that shouldn’t be afforded Limbaugh.
“Sometimes,” he said, “privileges are lost.”
In 2003, Limbaugh resigned as an analyst on ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown pre-game show after igniting controversy by contending that Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb was favored by media members because he is African-American.
“They are polarizing comments that we don’t think reflect accurately on the NFL or our players,” Goodell said. “Those comments … are divisive. That’s a negative thing for us.” . . .
Goodell emphatically indicated that he would take issue if a team owner frequently made controversial comments about issues of politics and race.
“I have said many times before that we are all held to a higher standard here,” Goodell said. “I think divisive comments are not what the NFL is all about. I would not want to see those kind of comments from people who are in a responsible position within the NFL. No. Absolutely not.”
I find that interesting because, as I’ve noted on this site, Venus and Serena Williams are part owners of the Miami Dolphins. Serena Williams recently swore at a U.S. Open line coach and essentially threatened her life, saying she’d shove something up the woman’s throat. And no-one seems to be concerned that she’s an NFL part owner. Venus Williams recently defended the United Arab Emirates’ apartheid policies against Jews with Israeli passports, when the Dubai Tennis Championships refused to allow Israel’s Shahar Pe’er to play in the tournament or even a visa to enter the country.
So, I guess anti-Semitism and death threats are A-Okay for NFL part-owners. But being conservative is not. And, as I’ve also noted previously, NFL Pittsburgh Steelers owner Dan Rooney openly supported Barack Obama during the campaign and is now Ambassador to Ireland for it. Since almost half the country voted for John McCain, that’s divisive. And we can’t have division in the NFL, so time for him to go.
Oh, and while we’re at it, since Goodell is into fake orthodoxy and phony indignation, maybe he shouldn’t be NFL Commissioner. After all, his wife is FOX News Channel’s Jane Skinner. And we can’t have someone related to a FOX News personality as NFL chief.
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