FILE — This is a Feb. 24, 2009, file photo showing Indianapois Colts owner Jim Irsay during a news conference in Indianapolis. Irsay doesn’t want Rush Limbaugh to buy the St. Louis Rams. Irsay said at the NFL owners’ meetings Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2009, he wouldn’t vote to approve the radio talk show host. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)
Oct 13, 7:09 PM EDT
Limbaugh already down a vote in bid to buy Rams
By JIMMY GOLEN
BOSTON (AP) — Rush Limbaugh’s bid to buy the St. Louis Rams ran into opposition within the NFL on Tuesday, when Colts owner Jim Irsay vowed to vote against him and commissioner Roger Goodell said the conservative commentator’s “divisive” comments would not be tolerated from any NFL insider.
“I, myself, couldn’t even consider voting for him,” Irsay said at an owners meetings. “When there are comments that have been made that are inappropriate, incendiary and insensitive … our words do damage, and it’s something that we don’t need.”
Limbaugh has long been a hero of conservatives and villain to the left, thriving on his place in the political spectrum while establishing himself as one of the most successful broadcasters in history. But the NFL tries to avoid controversy, as Limbaugh learned in 2003 when he was forced to resign from ESPN’s Sunday night football broadcast after saying of Philadelphia’s Donovan McNabb: “I think what we’ve had here is a little social concern in the NFL. The media has been very desirous that a black quarterback do well.”