Sharpton v. Limbaugh: Rev. Tries to Block Rush’s NFL Bid

By Gorman Gorman

Oct 12, 2009 10:44am

ABC News’ Rick Klein reports: Rush Limbaugh's bid to buy the St. Louis Rams is running into more opposition, courtesy of the Rev. Al Sharpton.

Sharpton today sent a letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, urging football officials to reject Limbaugh's ownership group because of comments that Sharpton characterized as "anti-NFL" and reflecting racial "divisiveness."

"I was disturbed to learn that there is a potential bid by Rush Limbaugh to buy the St. Louis Rams and I would like to request a meeting with you to discuss the myriad of reasons as to why he should not be given an opportunity to do so," Sharpton writes.

"Rush Limbaugh been divisive and anti-NFL on several occasions with comments about NFL Players including Michael Vick and Donovan McNabb and his recent statement that the NFL was beginning to look like a fight between the Crips and the Bloods without the weapons, was disturbing."

Read the letter HERE.

Over the weekend, the NFL's player union moved to register its objections to Limbaugh's possible ownership of the Rams.

The union's executive director, DeMaurice Smith, on Saturday sent an e-mail to the union's executive committee saying that he had spoken to Goodell about the issue, ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports.
 
Wrote Smith: "Sport in America is at its best when it unifies, gives all of us reason to cheer, and when it transcends. Our sport does exactly that when it overcomes division and rejects discrimination and hatred."

Limbaugh, a Missouri native who worked briefly for ESPN as an analyst in 2003, confirmed last week that he's part of a team of bidders seeking to own the Rams.

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