Civil rights leaders rip Rush Limbaugh's Rams bid

October 13, 2009 7:53:16 AM PDT
Both Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton are lining up against a bid by conservative icon Rush Limbaugh to buy the St. Louis Rams. The civil rights activists feel Limbaugh's track record and comments on race should keep him out of the mix when it comes to owning an NFL team. Sharpton has written NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell (guh-DEHL'), saying Limbaugh has been divisive and "anti-NFL" in his comments.

Jackson says Limbaugh has made his money by "appealing to the fears of whites" and has issued a constant stream of insults against blacks and other minorities.

Limbaugh said last week that he's teaming up with St. Louis Blues hockey team owner Dave Checketts in a bid to buy the Rams. In 2007, Limbaugh said on the air that - quoting here - "The NFL all too often looks like a game between the Bloods and the Crips without any weapons."

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