November 4, 2009, - 4:32 pm

No Rush Limbaugh Treatment for Them

By Debbie Schlussel


Three sports stories in the news today make you wonder why there’s no outcry about them beyond the sports pages, the way there was with Rush Limbaugh’s attempt to become a minority NFL owner.

No Rush Limbaugh Treatment for Them . . .


Donald Sterling, Tom Cable, Gus Johnson

I mean, Rush was never a slum lord who redlined against Blacks, Hispanics, and kids.  Nor was he  a man who beat multiple wives and women he dated.  Nor did he say that Black NFL players ran fast “like they were running from the police.”

But these respective guys did these things, and there’s no outcry from anyone beyond the sports media, major league sports, the Reverends Jesse and Al, or players unions.  Gee I wonder why:

Donald Sterling:  The Los Angeles Clippers owner agreed to pay a record $2.73 million to settle a Justice Department case alleging he tried to keep Blacks, Hispanics, and people with kids out of his apartment buildings in Koreatown, in violation of the Fair Housing Act.  Oh, and this is the second  such lawsuit he’s settled in four years.  (He’s also admitted to paying for sex.)  Hmmm . . . Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson are strangely silent.  Why?  No complaints from the Black-dominated NBA Players Assocation.  Why?  I’m guessing Sterling is not exactly a conservative.

*   Tom Cable:  The Oakland Raiders head coach isn’t just 2-6, this season.  He admitted he hit his first wife.  An ESPN report alleged that he abused several women with whom he had past relationships.  And in August, Oakland Raiders assistant coach Randy Hanson suffered a broken jaw, which he says was the result of a Cable assault on him.  So, I guess you can’t own an NFL team if you once questioned the press’ adulation of quarterback Donovan McNabb.  But if you beat women and men, the NFL loves ya.

Gus Johnson:  During Sunday’s Jacksonville Jaguars-Tennessee Titans NFL game broadcast, the CBS announcer said that running back Chris Johnson, who is Black, had “gettin’-away-from-the-cops-speed.”  No outcry, though.  Not from Jackson.  Not from Sharpton.  Not from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.  Not from NFL Players Association chief DeMaurice Smith.  Why the silence?  It’s okay to imply that Blacks can run fast because they’re criminals running from cops, but not okay to question past affirmative action promotion of a Black quarterback based–at the time–solely on race?

For the record, Johnson is Black, so he gets a free pass on saying this stuff. If a White guy said it, I bet we’d all be served with heaping helpings of outrage, like the absurd outrage over Rush’s far more benign comments about McNabb.

So, to sum up:  You can discriminate against Blacks, Hispanics, and kids and keep them from renting your property; you can beat women (and men and cause injuries);  you can accuse Blacks of having speed they’ve developed from running from the cops and imply they’re criminals;  and you can get away with all of these without a hair out of place or nary an outcry.

But if you’re a conservative, well, then . . . it’s the crime of the century.

**** UPDATE: A reader and friend writes, and it seems like perhaps I have it wrong on Donald Sterling. He notes:

I don’t know much about Sterling’s politics, but I suspect they’re not so liberal. Sterling is one of the Sunday Los Angeles Times’ largest display ad buyers, reliably in there every week with at least two, sometimes more, half- or full-page ads devoted to something related to Israel. To the degree that Reverends Al and Jesse aren’t clamoring about him, it may be because he’s so low on the food chain, or because they’re already getting paid off. Former NBA great Elgin Baylor was general manager of the Clippers for 22 (I think) completely undistinguished years, then was replaced by (incredibly untalented) coach Mike Dunleavy, and filed suit against Sterling for racism. When I read about his lawsuit I immediately thought of the man who sued a radio station for not hiring him as an announcer “because I’m J-J-J-J-Jewish.”

As for the suit that Sterling agreed to settle, it was apparently based on some allegedly scientific survey conducted by people who likely had a predetermined outcome in mind: that blacks and Latinos inhabited his apartments at disproportionately low occupancy rates in…KOREAtown. By the way, Sterling also owns some of the most expensive apartments in some of the most expensive areas, as well as condos.

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15 Responses

So Rusky gets punked because he does not fact check (Not the first time)? Wow, what a surprised.

Oh, and when contronted that he was punked, he defended himself by saying “we stand by the fabricated quote because we know Obama thinks it anyway” (Yeah good try to save face, what a loser)

After so many years of mis-labeling and mis-characterizing others he gets smacked down by the NFL “Not For Limbaugh”. Way to go NFL, great job!

Montana on November 4, 2009 at 7:04 pm

I always felt it was wrong to keep Rush from becoming a minority owner of an NFL team. Its like becoming the thought police responding to peoples feelings instead of following the law. Roger Godell is too focus on what the media says and trying to please everyones feelings about him I don’t feel he’s a good commissioner for this fact because he lacks objectivity and benevolence. He’s to focus on how he’s portrayed in the newspaper or that rag ESPN. Besides 30 years ago not many owners wanted blacks on their team at all let alone a black quaterback. Some of these guys are still alive and so are their heirs.

seahawker on November 4, 2009 at 7:34 pm

But these examples Debbie brought up are just the tip of the iceberg in terms of ideological-based double standards. The leftopaths are also in a tizzy about the prospect of Limbaugh being a judge in next year’s Miss America pageant – yet saw nothing wrong with an avowed radical homosexual and serial woman-hater, Perez Hilton, being a judge in the Miss USA pageant this year.

ConcernedPatriot on November 4, 2009 at 9:03 pm

Yep. To be a conservative disqualifies you from running a football team. No conservative need apply to join NFL. Its a 21st Century version of the numerus clausus used against Jews. Keep them down and keep them out. The more things change…

NF: No offense, but please don’t compare anti-Semitism and persecution of Jews with a multi-millionaire–who is one of the most influential men in America–not being able to own an NFL team. It’s wrong to treat him this way, solely because he’s an effective conservative. But it’s hardly the same thing as the treatment of the Jews then or now. Not even close. DS

NormanF on November 4, 2009 at 9:04 pm

This double standard is sick. Good job Debbie of exposing these examples. You can hear criquets. These sports reporters like Lupica, Tom Jackson, Bob Costas,and many more, are the equivalent
to the beltway Libs,like Matthews, Olberflake, Madcow, Shultz,etc. They all have their agenda.Sports are an escape to get away from all that static and it spills right into the game.
The Dodgers owners have a good divorce scandel going. Jamie McCort is a big Obama Liberal and she is going to take her husband Frank to the cleaners, she wants about 480,000 a month, to keep up her 5-star life style.While she scre—ed her bodygaurds and Dodger assistants, er alledgedly.
It could affect the team as they have many free agents to contend with. I digress, Rush is getting the shaft from the double standard. I am so sick of that horses ass Sharpton on Fox with Bill O, and Hannity why do they give him the time of day. Imus got shafted by this moron. Please go away, no moe
Sharpton! Thanks for the rant.

Delta George on November 5, 2009 at 2:39 am

I’m working last night with a black coworker and he keeps making remarks about Matsui every time he comes to the plate. Over and over. He happens to be the same guy I had lively discussion about race with the previous day. We like and respect each other but there’s certainly a double standard. Remember Shaq being reported as taunting Yao Ming in his first year in the league. He continuously was making noises that were supposed to be Chinese speech but clearly wasn’t. Yung yow chu chow ching, etc. He later apologized but hey, he did it. No boycott or fines or anything, just keep putting the ball in the f’ing hoop, cha ching.

Joe on November 5, 2009 at 8:50 am

Roger Goodell prostrated himself like a first-time inmate in a shower at a federal prison, or he used Rush as a bargaining chip with the player’s union. Either way, he’s a girly weasel.

Rick on November 5, 2009 at 9:37 am

Debbie Gus Johnson is also a play-by-play man for the struggling NY Knicks…AND IS THE WORST NYC SPORTS BROADCASTER EVER! You think John “THEEEEEEEEEEEE YANKEES WIN!” Sterling is something (and I am a fan of the 27-Time champion pinstripes!), you ain’t heard Johnson call a Knicks game and frankly YOU DON’T WANT TO! That’s why I am a Celtics fan. Their radio broadcast team Sean Grande and Cedric “Quack Quack/Cornbread” Maxwell are funny as hell. Those two should take their act on the road. Then I realize THEY DO!

By the way, I listen to the Celtics radio games on SIRIUS Satellite and laugh when “Grande and Max” come on. Those guys have fun.

Bob Porrazzo on November 5, 2009 at 9:45 am

Yo Montana,, call me!!

OsamaHusseinIslamObama 2012?
(the terrorist-Uighur-ACORN-media choice)
-It’s never too early to campaign-

Barry Soetoro (D-King Of The World) on November 5, 2009 at 12:58 pm

Rush can’t be allowed to own a team. His personal life “doesn’t measure up”. The NFL needs people like Michael Vick, torturer and murderer of animals in its ranks.

goldenmike4393 on November 5, 2009 at 1:41 pm

Dittos Debbie, — I hope Rush points these cases out too for the mass of ditto-heads. Though we already know this goes on, it’s nice that you point it out.

On any day you want to check, the lib-tard drive by’s are running interference for their hypocrite minions in a number of ways.

BB on November 5, 2009 at 1:53 pm

No, Debbie it isn’t close. My larger point is the persecution of people because of who they are is wrong. It doesn’t matter whether your beliefs are that of a Jew or a conservative. Its wrong to exclude people from pursuing a legal occupation in this country because their beliefs aren’t popular. I’m not trying to downplay or dismiss anti-Semitism. The point I’m making is bigotry and intolerance have no place in a free society and we are still cursed with that today.

NormanF on November 5, 2009 at 2:10 pm

Donald Sterling is getting a bad rap on this one. He had to settle just for the legal costs. He is a victim of extortion in the housing case. The place is Koreatown (as in signs, newspapers, cable TV, churches, etc. in Korean) where 100s or 1000s of Koreans (many who are very old and do not speak English) want a safe and familiar place to live. All the East coast cities have some very ethnically segregated neighborhoods.- There are some benefits to these living arrangements. This is simply capitalism. There are nice places for Africans and Mexicans to live already – this is a case where a Korean Community exists on a small few blocks and should be allowed to exist that way.

I wish Sterling would have tried to win this case and set a precedent but even he can not afford the legal bills and no public action groups will admit that this is a benificial situation.

Lancaster on November 5, 2009 at 2:16 pm

Isn’t Johnson’s comment just a week or two after Bob Griese made a comment that he PROFUSELY appologized for about hispanics?? I must have missed Johnson’s call in to ESPN.

toney on November 5, 2009 at 8:08 pm

Looks like the women rights groups want the NFL to take action against Tom Cable….who shouldn’t even have a job anyway. But that’s Oakland for ya.

Squirrel3D on November 5, 2009 at 10:19 pm

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