Only hours after defiantly refusing to back off on his controversial bid to seek co-ownership of the St. Louis Rams, conservative talk host Rush Limbaugh has reportedly been dumped by his own ownership group.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that Dave Checketts, chairman of the St. Louis Blues and head of one of the groups attempting to buy the Rams, will drop Limbaugh from the ticket, so to speak, and it will be soon. The talk host has been under fire from players, owners, pundits such as Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson, and even NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, for past comments that many view as racially insensitive. Checketts obviously feels that he is holding a losing hand, and must dump Rush if he is to save the bid.
Three-quarters of the league’s 32 owners would have to approve any sale to Limbaugh and his group. Earlier this week, Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay predicted that Limbaugh’s potential bid would be met by significant opposition. Several players have also voiced their displeasure with Limbaugh’s potential ownership position, and NFL Players Association head DeMaurice Smith, who is black, urged players to speak out against Limbaugh’s bid.
Ultimately, the sources said, Checketts must reconfigure his group and find another investor to make his bid more viable.
Exactly when Limbaugh will be dropped is uncertain, though some familiar with the situation said it could be within the next week. It is unclear if the two sides even have spoken.