Friday, October 9, 2009
Strong reaction to potential Limbaugh ownership
By Mike Sando
Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando
The item on Rush Limbaugh's potential Rams ownership stake generated relatively little heat on the blog.
NFL players Mathias Kiwanuka and Bart Scott left little doubt where they stand during interviews with the New York Daily News.
- Kiwaunuka: "He can do whatever he wants, it is a free country. But if it goes through, I can tell you where I am not going to play. ... I am not going to draw a conclusion from a person off of one comment, but when it is time after time after time and there's a consistent pattern of disrespect and just a complete misunderstanding of an entire culture that I am a part of, I can't respect him as a man."
- Scott: "What he said (about Donovan McNabb) was inappropriate and insensitive, totally off-base. He could offer me whatever he wanted, I wouldn't play for him. ... I wouldn't play for Rush Limbaugh. My principles are greater and I can't be bought."
This is all a little speculative because the Rams haven't been sold and we're not sure if the group featuring Limbaugh as a potential minority owner will emerge as the leading candidate. But if it does happen, the majority owner would be wise to tackle such perceptions directly.
The Rams will have a hard enough time attracting free agents without veteran players swearing off St. Louis based on resistance to one of the owners.