With Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay already promising to vote against approving Rush Limbaugh’s bid to buy the St. Louis Rams, it is time for other NFL owners to step forward and vow the same… and time for local fans to lobby their team owners to break their silence.
A controversial and divisive figure, well known for his racial slurs, Limbaugh is a poor fit and even worse role model for a league that has worked hard to make off-field racial harmony as much an emblem of the sport as its brutal on-field competition. It would be an insult to the players to approve Limbaugh as an owner, and an insult to fans, better than fifty percent of whom Limbaugh routinely characterizes as cowards, imbeciles, traitors or worse.
Seahawks owner Paul Allen is not known for his civic leadership, but with other owners so far reluctant to follow Irsay’s example, this is a golden opportunity for him to step forward and show that he cares as much about the integrity of the league as does about its ability to turn a profit. And so I urge Seahawks fans to urge Allen to publicly oppose Limbaugh’s ownership bid, and I urge my friends in the media ask him to make a statement as to where he stands.