Bad Day At The Sunday Countdown
Some groups say he is, other groups say he's not. I'm not in either group, because I have not listened to enough of his rhetoric to make a determination. During one Sunday morning on October 5, 2003, however, he made some disturbing statements about a well known QB in the NFL The statements were so brilliantly crafted, they propagated through out the studios of ESPN that Sunday morning on to the airwaves unchallenged.
Could it have been, the brotherhood who were sitting directly within his proximity, and (indirectly impacted by his statements), not aware of his insults? Or did they acknowledge the insults and decided it was not the proper forum to punch him in the mouth. My guess would be both.
Were the comments made by this radio personality, of the now famous NFL QB, being rated a little higher than he actually is, enough for a controversy? I would think not. But apparently it goes deeper than that. The Sunday Countdown co-hosts, fans, family and other observant's did not appreciate Rush's comments, because he alluded to the fact that because of the color of the QB's skin (black) special treatments were exercised, as well as being artificially hyped to make him look good for the sport. No one could be dumb enough to think that affirmative action would ever be considered in football or any other sport for that matter.
The QB in question, a three time Pro Bowler with two championship game appearances, earned his ranking through his own merit, and if you know football, and watched him play, then you have to know, he is one of the best QB's in the game, no matter the color of his skin. After the comment was made, it did not take very long for it to escalate into a media frenzy. If ESPN ever needed a yardstick for measurement, (which in this case was better than the Nielson rating), then they found it. The fans of the show who were apparently more alert than even the crew at ESPN immediately expressed their opinions and comments. Sparks begin to fly all over the networks. The NFL fan base is huge, from top to bottom, and it did not take long before the anger generated by Rush's comments to propagate all the way to these potential presidential candidates.
These candidates called on ESPN to discontinue Rush's affiliation with the network, or at least the Sunday NFL Countdown, the NAACP also jumped on the bandwagon. The only problem that ESPN could figure out what was wrong with Limbaugh's comments are, they were insensitive and in-appropiate. I would think, the producer should at least perform a pre show cursory review of content provided by the show hosts. Obviously ad-libbing is out of their control. But it's doubtful, Rush's comments could be construed as adlib.
With their hands tied behind their back, they had no choice but to let him go. That following Wednesday after the Sunday show Rush Limbaugh resigned with these comments. "My comments this Sunday were directed at the media and were not racially motivated. I offered an opinion. This opinion has caused discomfort to the crew, which I regret. I love Sunday NFL countdown and do not want to be a distraction to the great work done by all who work on it. Therefore I have decided to resign. I appreciate the opportunity to be a part of the show and wish all the best to those who make it happen."
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