"Conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh was dropped from a group bidding to buy the St. Louis Rams. ESPN's Adam Schefter first reported the story on Wednesday. Limbaugh was to be a limited partner in a group headed by St. Louis Blues chairman Dave Checketts. Checketts said in a statement Wednesday that Limbaugh's participation had become a complication in the group's efforts and the bid will move forward without him. Checketts told the Associated Press he will have no further comment on the bid process.
Three-quarters of the league's 32 owners would have had to approve any sale to Limbaugh and his group. Earlier this week, Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay predicted that Limbaugh's potential bid would be met by significant opposition.
Several players have also voiced their displeasure with Limbaugh's potential ownership position, and NFL Players Association head DeMaurice Smith, who is black, urged players to speak out against Limbaugh's bid. A Limbaugh spokesman told ESPN that Limbaugh would have no comment on Wednesday. Earlier, on his syndicated radio show, Limbaugh was defiant, holding on to hope that he still could be part of the ownership group that buys the Rams.
"This is not about the NFL, it's not about the St. Louis Rams, it's not about me," Limbaugh said. "This is about the ongoing effort by the left in this country, wherever you find them, in the media, the Democrat Party, or wherever, to destroy conservatism, to prevent the mainstreaming of anyone who is prominent as a conservative."Tomorrow three separate groups, one in the St Louis area will begin boycotts of the NFL, games, merchandise etc. More on that later. As I said yesterday I'm calling for conservatives everywhere to boycott the NFL through the 2009 season. Remember it's not for Limbaugh but for the principle that we will not let liberal thugs spread lies and rumors and threaten the right of ownership of any American.
Today on the morning show we had hundreds of calls in support of Limbaugh and this is good from a South Florida radio audience. Many of them told us that they will too boycott the NFL. Further we received an email from a source which tells us that Limbaugh will be using that money set aside for the purchase to go after those who spread the false rumors by legal means.
I talked to a civil attorney and he said Limbaugh would have a good case and if he - as he should - pursue damages he'd more than make up for the loss. Some of the groups to be named will most likely be media outlets but specifically personalities within those groups.
Al Sharpton, Jessie Jackson may as well be named defendents. The suit will charge defamation/slander which based on the evidence will have a good chance of being proven. Simply put the statements attributed to him did in fact not come from him and this has been proved.
That's all you need in a civil court, a 51 percent change it happened. What should be interesting would be whether or not the legal types at the network are going to stand behind these personalities even after they repeated the slander knowing the quotes were not true. In any case Limbaugh has nearly unlimited resources to go after them.