Stephen A. Smith Rushes To Limbaugh’s Defense?

Whether he gets the team or not, Rush Limbaugh’s bid to become part-owner of the St. Louis Rams is already the gift that keeps on giving. Several NFL players, the NFL Players Association, and even MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann have had their say on the potential buy-in by the taciturn-challenged talk radio blabber guy, but now at this hour other voices are elbowing each other to be heard.

Stephen A. Smith, Rush Limbaugh

Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson on Monday not surprisingly came out against the notion of Rush owning an NFL team. But Limbaugh also got a surprising ally in Stephen A. Smith. Key quote from the cheesy-doodled one: Black players who say they wouldn’t play for a Limbaugh-owned team “are lying through their stinking teeth.”

Meanwhile, even Rush himself chimed in on the controversy. Read more…

Sharpton Calls NY Post Racist Over Plaxico Article

New York Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress has had one hell of a year.   Ever since winning the Super Bowl against the New England Patriots, it seems as though Plax can do nothing right.   When he’s not ticking off his coach and getting suspended by his own team for two games, he’s, well actually he’s always making Tom Coughlin mad.   When he wakes up in the morning and uses the bathroom Coughlin calls to yell at him for leaving the seat up.   “It’s just not considerate,” he screams into the phone.

So it wasn’t exactly a surprise that Coughlin suspended Plaxico for the first quarter of the Giants game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday after he missed a few practices and skipped getting treatment on his injured neck.   It was a move a lot of Giants fans support, and a lot of folks in the local media supported it as well.   Of course, if you ask Al Sharpton — and really, why wouldn’t you ask him — the NEW YORK POST went over the line.

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Imus Responds To Brouhaha, Sharpton Will Wait

As DEADSPIN informed us earlier to, it sounded like Don Imus was back to making racist comments about athletes. Now, Mike Florio of PRO FOOTBALL TALK gets wind of the inevitable reaction from Rev. Al Sharpton.

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But we’ll all have to wait until tomorrow.

Sharpton has released a statement concerning Imus’ remarks about Adam “He’s Still Pacman To Us Because We Don’t Want To Change All Our Post Tags” Jones. During Imus’ show Monday morning, a news story was being read about Jones’ numerous run-ins with the law, when Imus asked what “color” Jones was. When told that Jones was African-American, Imus responded, “Well, there you go. Now we know.”

Of course, Al’s mad about the remark, which seems to read that Pacman’s a troublemaker because he’s black. But now the good reverend isn’t sure what to do next: Read more…

Jesse Jackson Tries To Cheer Up Memphis Players

If you just lost a national championship in OT after being up by nine with two minutes left in regulation, who’s the first person you’d want to see?

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The Rev. Jesse Jackson, of course!

The SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS reports that the good reverend gave “hugs and encouragement” to Memphis players Derrick Rose and Chris Douglas-Roberts, minutes after the Tigers’ 75-68 loss to Kansas.

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Sharpton Wants NFL To Cancel Hall of Fame Game

It’s been a while since Al Sharpton last stuck his mug into the news, so it figures it was time for another sighting of the good reverend. And this one’s a doozy - he’s calling on the NFL to cancel their Hall of Fame game.

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WKYC-TV reports that Sharpton and his National Action Network wants the league to postpone their annual preseason game in Canton, Ohio, in protest of alleged police misconduct by the Canton force. Read more…

Lee, Rock, Sharpton Show Their Support For Isiah

The NEW YORK TIMES notes that not everyone wants Isiah Thomas kicked from the Knicks:

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During New York’s latest loss to the Lakers, Spike Lee, Chris Rock, and Al Sharpton all spoke of their support for the scandalized coach.

Lee wants the team to Do The Right Thing and hold on to Thomas: “I don’t think Isiah should be fired. Not now.”

Meanwhile, Rock doesn’t want Knicks owner James Dolan to play Scrooge: “I’m not calling for anybody to lose their job, especially around Christmas.”

(Tell that to Scott Skiles.)

And Sharpton made this comparison: “Let me ask you this: The Secretary General of the U.N. was sitting near me. Do we fire him because we don’t have world peace? I mean, come on.”

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Besides, if the Knicks do ice Isiah, we’re sure the good reverend will hold rallies and call for boycotts. He’s gotta stay in the public eye, you know.

Despite the on-and-off-court-woes, the Times points out that the Knicks are still the NBA’s most valuable franchise, worth over $600 million. Even though the team hasn’t had a winning season since 2000-01, the Knickerbockers still managed to take in almost $200 million in revenues last year.

Knicks fans protest

While the Knicks’ struggles may be upsetting the fans, it’s not keeping them from Madison Square Garden.

One fan had railed, “When a team is not performing well in a market as big as New York, it’s unacceptable.” But when asked if he would stop going to the games, he quickly answered, “No, absolutely not.”

Seems like the Knicks have adopted the Cubs’ business model.