Friday, October 3, 2003
Limbaugh: 'Amazing' that remarks about black quarterback were controversial
PHILADELPHIA -- Rush Limbaugh told his radio audience Friday
that he is amazed at the controversy over his comments about a
black quarterback, but did not comment on reports that he's being
investigated for illegally buying prescription drugs.
The conservative commentator gave up his job as an ESPN sports
analyst after saying Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb
was overrated because the media wanted to see a black quarterback
"It's amazing to me that this is a controversy at all. Had what
I said been said by anybody else ... it wouldn't have gotten scant
attention," he said Friday.
He made the comment about McNabb on ESPN's "Sunday NFL
"It took two days for there to be any reaction. There wasn't
any reaction to it even on the ESPN set," said Limbaugh, who says
he has gotten thousands of supportive e-mails and phone calls.
Law enforcement sources in Florida confirmed to The Associated
Press on Thursday that Limbaugh is being investigated for illegally
buying prescription drugs.
"I don't yet know what I'm dealing with there, folks,"
Limbaugh said. "I don't want to deal with hypotheticals, and I
don't want to respond to what's in the press."
Limbaugh resigned his ESPN position late Wednesday and said
Thursday that he was leaving so the sports network's employees
would be spared the uproar over his comments.