Jim Irsay smacks down idea of Rush Limbaugh as NFL team owner

October 13, 2009
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Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay isn’t too wild about the prospect of working alongside Rush Limbaugh.

Irsay said at today’s NFL owners meetings in no uncertain terms that he opposes Limbaugh’s buying into the St. Louis Rams.

“I, myself, couldn't even consider voting for him,” Irsay said at the 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.”

Irsay said he has not spoken to other owners about Limbaugh. And at this point, he doesn’t intend to. He barely thinks it’s worth bringing up.

“I come from a different era where Marvin Gaye and John Lennon were speaking about [certain things] and we’ve been doing a slow crawl to some of the things they talked about,” Irsay said. “We don't need to go the other way. We can't go the other way where there isn’t forgiveness and understanding but we gotta watch our words in this world and our thoughts because they can do damage.”

  • He needs to check his facts. Rush never actually made those comments. Unfortunately all these news programs picked up that quote from wikipedia and never fact checked. Nothing new there. Rush might have some controversial views but he never said anything racist. Either way unless Irsay wants to start paying %65 to %85 tax on his income he might start listening to rush more.
  • I watched a documentary on ESPN last night about the Baltimore Colts Band. It showed what a jerk Robert Irsay was - showing up drunk to very important press conferences and cussing out the reporters. I guess Jim knows a jerk when he sees one (Rush), but he should at least get his facts right and listen to what Rush has to say about wanting to become an NFL owner.
  • Not surprising considering it comes from a baby boomer, hippie wannabe. I am sure he is heavy into democrat politics and liberal causes. I mean how many millions did he spend on the Jack Kerouac manuscript and wearing tie dye etc.... Kind of like saying Al Gore is against Rush.
  • Even Bigger Fan Now
    As a democrat that often listens to Rush, I am so glad that Irsay and players are speaking out against him. He is a bigot that spreads a message of hate. I'm just glad his deplorable actions finially have a consequence.
  • mirror mirror
    Irsay may just be seeing too much of himself in Rush, seeing as how they both were getting their jollies off of prescription drugs for a while.
  • Vick-YES...Rush - No?
    Get a life Irsay. Oh Yes, I hardly think you are in any position to make a moral, good or bad judgement on anybody or anything.
  • Check YOUR Facts
    Hey Disappointed Colts Fan...
    Why don't you check your facts (and your spelling), here's a link to the most recent story from Fox about Rush and the Rams, and not from Wikipedia (I chose Fox because it sounds like it's your choice of news):


    Copy and paste that link into your browser... and in case you don't, here's a piece of the article:

    [Limbaugh's history hurt his participation in the bid. In 2003, he was forced to resign from ESPN's Sunday night football broadcast after saying of the Eagles' 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."

    According to transcripts posted on his Web site, in 2007 Limbaugh said: "The NFL all too often looks like a game between the Bloods and the Crips without any weapons. There, I said it."]

    Rush is something that the NFL doesn't need and doesn't want. Enough said.
    • Irsay
      I respect Irsay's right to object but he has his warts as well so he needs to be careful. I would rather talk about how Irsay lands on the Forbes 400 list and how much of that is due to taxpayer subsidies of LOS and his unnecessary take of revenue from other events at LOS.
    • Sad
      I am a Colts fan and until yesterday had a lot of respect for Jim Irsay. This is nonsense. Rush is not racist. Jackson and Sharpton are more than racists. They hate white people. When are you followers going to open your eyes and see the truth?
    • Really?
      Hey, Gang... go read Rush's exact comments I pulled, don't believe me, then use the link... but, Rush isn't racist? Really? Sounds more like you're the follower (of Rush)... ignoring what was recorded and not speculated. Go ahead and keep drinking Rush's kool-aid.

      Oh, and I'm not a liberal before you go down that road... just know a nutjob when I see one or hear one. And the left has some nutjobs as well.
    • Not Racist?
      How can anyone in their right mind say Rush is not racist? If you don't think he is, you must be racist as well.

      It's a business decision. It's about the fans. If there were no fans they wouldn't have anything. Why would you want an owner that would take fans away from the team? Obviously a good idea to pull him. Rush would be a distraction to the team.
    • I always love that arguement. "Rush is a racist, and if you defend him, you are a racist too". That is the same one Sharpton and Jackson use.

      If the two comments listed are the reasons you call Rush a racist then you are on shaky ground.

      The first one "The NFL all too often looks like a game between the Bloods and the Crips without any weapons. There, I said it." Not sure how this is racist, unless you feel all Bloods and Crips are black. Of course that would be racist. Bloods and Crips cover many racial groups including whites. The only racism in his comment is what the reader or listener brings to it.

      The second one "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." Again, He is not saying anything racist. it is his opinion that certain forces are trying to push for a black to succeed at QB. There is a long history of that, and very few that would be called great QB's. Donovan McNabb and Steve McNair, were good, but were they argueably great? Vince Young, too early. Michael Vick, too many off field issues. Akili Smith, enough said. Daunte Culpepper, definitely not great. Byron Leftwitch, same thing. David Garrard, Charlie Batch, Tavaris Jackson or Aaron Brooks? I think to find GREAT, you need to go back in history to Doug Williams, Randall Cunningham, Warren Moon. Those were great black QB's. But the press like in racingm is trying very hard to push for a great black QB.

    • Shaky Ground?
      First, I'm not going to get in what the definition of Bloods and Crips would be considered... but look at it this way, when you have to add "There I said it." to the end of a statement... you know it's something that is negative, can be considered negative or you mean it in a negative way (one of the three). It doesn't matter what the listener's interpretation of what race the Bloods and Crips consists of... Rush was implying the racism. Do you ever say, "There I said it." after anything positive?

      Second, yes, Donovan McNabb and Steve McNair are arguably great. No one ever said Vince Young was (in the pros)... he has shown that college was the extent of his greatness. Michael Vick... well, he was great until his off-the-field, stupidity. The definition of a great QB does not mean "winning the Super Bowl". One big example... Dan Marino. And the others you mentioned... never even considered great, in the pros.

      So, in the end... yes, in my opinion and seemingly others, those two comments are racist. Not saying anyone on this blog is... but I'm definitely saying Rush is. And therefore, he isn't wanted or needed in the NFL.
    • indyman
      I think Rush is racist, but it doesn't matter what I think...

      He made comments that "could" be taken racial. When you are in the spotlight and work for a company (ESPN) who doesn't need or want the negative publicity, he should have watched what came out of his mouth...but he has a running record of poor judgement.

      Rush should just stick to doing what he does best.....d.r.u.g.s.
    • reality check
      i think jin irsay was more against rush being an owner because of his poison.would you want a rattlesnake to have power? that snake rush would bring more problems to the league than the league needs.if you are a rush fan then i would step away from you.put you in the "question their sanity column"
      Chill , Curious Question What Do You Guys Think The Colts Record For The 2014 -15 Season Will Be I Say 14-2 ! '

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