Facing a hailstorm of criticism from liberals, a group bidding to buy the NFL St. Louis Rams has dropped conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh from the investor group. The leader of the bidding group, Dave Checketts, who already owns the NHL’s St. Louis Blues, announced the move Wednesday evening after ESPN had reported that Limbaugh was on his way out.
“Rush Limbaugh, who was born 100 miles south of St. Louis, was part of our group. This made sense to us, particularly in light of his affection for the NFL in general and his interest in keeping the Rams in St. Louis.
Rush was to be a limited partner – as such, he would have had no say in the direction of the club or in any decisions regarding personnel or operations. This was a role he enthusiastically embraced.
However, it has become clear that his involvement in our group has become a complication and a distraction to our intentions; endangering our bid to keep the team in St. Louis.
As such, we have decided to move forward without him and hope it will eventually lead us to a successful conclusion,” said Checketts in a statement.
There was no immediate response from Limbaugh, who is expected to address the turn of events on his show Thursday.
Limbaugh’s involvement in the bidding group had sparked liberal radio host Rev. Al Sharpton to launch a campaign accusing Limbaugh of racist and “anti-NFL” comments.
On the air, Limbaugh had assailed his critics, insisting that the attacks by Sharpton, Rev. Jesse Jackson and others are politically motivated.