There’s more here than meets the eye on this business with Rush and the NFL.
The blatant hypocrisy of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and Indianapolis Colts owner James Irsay would boggle the mind if one hadn’t seen so much of this kind of nonsense.
We all know the drill by now. Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson get to crusade for civil rights while being on the record anti-Semites. No problem. Feminists of all manner are apolplectic about Clarence Thomas and Anita Hill but silent as lambs about Bill Clinton and Paula Jones, Kathleen Willey, Juanita Broaddrick etc. etc. No problem. Democrats lecture Republicans about race but built their political party on racial issues — from support of slavery to segregation to lynching to racial quotas. No big deal. The New York Times editorial board lectures the 48% minority New Haven Fire Department that it doesn’t have enough minority representation — and out of 17 editorial board members 15 out of the 17 are lily white. No problem.
Now you can add the NFL to this list of hypocrites. For the Commissioner and the owner of the Indianopolis Colts to be lecturing Rush Limbaugh — or anyone — about controversy when in fact they are slipping big bucks to the most controversial politicians in the land — in Irsay’s case both John Edwards and George W. Bush! — is laughable. And on race? This is a man who, if these hypocrites paid the slightest attention, is possessed of friends, employees and guest hosts of his program who are — gasp — black!!!! Will the NFL be contacting these people for a discussion of Rush and race?
So let’s rumble, if that’s the desire. If so-called journalists — liberals masquerading as sports reporters — are determined to repeat made-up quotes — also known as deliberate lies — about Rush Limbaugh and airily purvey them as truths, if the NFL itself is going to pretend it is pure as the driven snow when in fact the Commissioner himself and a team owner are financially enabling the most divisive and controversial politicians in the land, then its time to look into the political activities of every owner and player in the league.
Let’s just see who passes this test.
The Commissioner of the NFL and Mr. Irsay have just failed.
What a bunch of hypocrites.