The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

13 October 2009

Pop Star's NFL Bid Underscores Media's Hypocrisy


NFL's Ownership Litmus Test May Hinge On Political Views



After nearly two weeks of fabricated anti-Rush Limbaugh smears from the news media, what kind of scrutiny can be expected now that trashy pop tramp Fergie has also indicated an interest in bidding for a NFL team?

No, we're not making this up.

At least from the league, we already have an answer: while Limbaugh is judged and potentially blocked based on fabricated, phantom "quotes" from his program, the outspoken left-wing Black Eyed Peas performer instantly passed with flying colors.

According to the AP late Tuesday evening, Fergie (real name: Stacy Ann Ferguson) has been pre-approved at a meeting of team owners before even placing a bid:

MIAMI — Fergie may soon be on the Miami Dolphins [team stats]’ bandwagon as a limited partner.

NFL owners meeting in Boston this week approved the Black Eyed Peas singer as a part owner, but the team has yet to complete an agreement with her, Dolphins chief executive officer Mike Dee said in an e-mail Tuesday.

Fergie and the Black Eyed Peas already have a marketing partnership with the Dolphins. She wears a pink Dolphins jersey in a campaign this month for breast cancer awareness.


Fergie, whose real name is Stacy Ann Ferguson, is a Grammy-winning singer and also an actress. Ross has said his celebrity partnerships stir excitement and reflect the vibrancy of South Florida, and he envisions the Dolphins as a glamour team.

Hey, why shouldn't Fergie pass the NFL's political litmus test? As an outspoken Obama supporter who appeared at his nomination acceptance speech in Denver last year, she's got the credentials they're looking for (even if parents are horrified). She also visited with the man whose oratory skills she finds "amazing" at the White House earlier this year.

Never mind the fact that she sings about "her humps" or chats about wild sex and drug sprees in her past, it's about the integrity of the game, right? Of course, it's Fergalicious!

At the same time, Rush's bid continues to run into trouble, thanks to a dishonest smear campaign. One team owner has vowed to vote against Limbaugh's acceptance, while players continue to be manipulated:

NFL union chief urges players to speak out about Rush Limbaugh

By Jim Thomas

ST. LOUIS — Not only has NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith complained to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell about the potential sale of the Rams to an ownership group that includes conservative radio commentator Rush Limbaugh, he has urged NFL players to speak out on the issue as well.

"I have asked our players to embrace their roles not only in the game of football but also as players and partners in the business of the NFL," Smith said in a statement. "They risk everything to play this game. They understand that risk and they live with that risk and its consequences for the rest of their life. We also know that there is an ugly part of history and we will not risk going backwards, giving up, giving in, or lying down to it.

"Our men are strong and proud sons, fathers, spouses, and I am proud when they stand up, understand this is their profession and speak with candor and blunt honesty about how they feel."

Here, watch as the Reverend Al Sharpton misrepresents, distorts and fabricates material (he has the McNabb story completely wrong, for starters) to build his "case" against Rush:

How can the NFL overlook the a sleazy pop diva's questionable background while holding Limbaugh accountable for comments he's never made?

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  • There are lies, damned lies, Sharpton lies, and DAMNED DEMOCRAT lies. I think the NFL ought get out of its little coccoon. It is becoming the No Fun League.

    Sharpton should be in jail, period.

    By Blogger PCD, at 14 October, 2009 07:14  

  • I truly hope Rush takes legal action against the NFL if his bid is eventually blocked. To be discriminated against in this way, for a lie that someone put in Wikipedia is just beyond the pale. And the fact that CNN's Rick Sanchez, who actually got drunk and killed someone and never served a day in jail, is one of these moralistic idiots piling on Rush, is just absolutely infuriating.

    By Anonymous Rick in AL, at 14 October, 2009 08:54  

  • Great article. Most everything about the media pisses me off, but this one really gets me! All-American Football against the All-American Talk Radio Show!!!

    Thanks for the all the links to sources in the article. There was one I read all the time that I think should be in your Bumping Up The Levels: Thanks for all the other resources you list in the sidebar.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 14 October, 2009 09:58  

  • If Rush does get to be part owner of the Rams, maybe there will be one team in the NFL that will clean up its act an stop employing gang member wanna-bes. The NFL has gone the way of the NBA in allowing players to behave like thugs and crybabies. I used to be a huge fan, now I only watch occasionally. Clean up the image of your players NFL, start getting or demanding owners to require players to act decently again.

    By Anonymous Sporty1946, at 14 October, 2009 10:16  

  • "How can the NFL overlook the a sleazy pop diva's questionable background while holding Limbaugh accountable for comments he's never made?"

    Easy. One's a liberal. The other is a conservative. Two sets of rules, my friend.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 14 October, 2009 10:46  

  • Sharpton is a racist pig and liar. He made up the Twanna Brawley incident to be rich and famous. can't get his face off of tv when a black is hurt but dam anybody that gets hurt if their white. He has NO credibility and needs to go away.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 14 October, 2009 11:51  

  • Limbaugh should have an assistant count now many times the Black Eyed Peas use the n-word and make a fake ad bemoaning her "racism."

    By Blogger Brainy435, at 14 October, 2009 12:05  

  • Awesome post! I think your blog should be required reading!!

    ps. Link Exchange?

    By Blogger commoncents, at 14 October, 2009 13:47  

  • The difference between Limbaugh Fergie is: Fergie doesn't go around making racial slurs against quarterbacks or playing 'Barack The Magic Negro' on the radio.
    His attack on McNabb shows he knows nothing about sports.
    McNabb has carried an Eagles team with mediocre talent for ten years. They've got no hall of fame WRs,RBs,LBs,DLs, McNabb has been the only star on that team since he got there.

    By Anonymous Oily_Taitz, at 14 October, 2009 14:33  

  • Rush should take legal action whether his bid is blocked or not. Someone has to start holding these sleazebags accountable. And besides, they're only doing this because he's smarter (funnier, happier, right-er) than they are.

    By Blogger Unknown, at 14 October, 2009 15:19  

  • I hope the NFL is paying attention, I quite on Baseball because of the way it got out of hand, the NBA is a complete JOKE!!! and while I do not carry Limbaughs water, if the NFL blocks Limbaughs bid I will be finished with them also. The Colts have already lost me as a fan. Guess I'll go fishing

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 14 October, 2009 19:18  

  • Boycott all of NFL!

    By Anonymous Rob, at 14 October, 2009 19:45  

  • Maybe it's to do with the fact that Rush is a drug addict and not a very nice person?

    By Anonymous fartad, at 14 October, 2009 19:58  

  • You mena to say the Colts owner, which has Payton Manning, who I think is conservative, WANTS TO BLOCK LIMBAUGH FROM THIS DEAL?! Gives me another reason to hate the Colts even more!

    Now if Bob Kraft were to go against this, it may make me rethink myself as a New England Patriots fan.

    By Blogger The Real Bob Anthony, at 14 October, 2009 20:06  

  • NewsBusters -- NFL's Double Standard: Dump Rush but Court Sleazy Pop Singer's Ownership Bid

    By Anonymous StewartIII, at 14 October, 2009 20:16  

  • Sorry, but does Fergie have a history of making racist comments falsely attributed?

    I don't think so.

    Signing about sex isn't the same as allegedly talking about racist stuff.

    Rush might be able to buy the team if he was allegedly permiscuous and not allegedly racist.

    By Blogger barry bonds, at 14 October, 2009 21:17  

  • Fergie = bad skin.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 14 October, 2009 21:41  

  • The NFL is 'image conscious', but it continues to allow the thugs that are on various football teams to play, AND allowed Michael Vick back in? Are you kidding me???

    By Blogger Susie Q, at 14 October, 2009 23:19  

  • "Fergie doesn't go around making racial slurs against quarterbacks or playing 'Barack The Magic Negro' on the radio."
    Hey 'oily'.... You are as ignorant of facts as the MEDIA. Rush didn't come up with 'Barack the Magic Negro'. That was from a piece supporting Obama in one the Dems' newspapers...the LA Times. He was making fun of them getting a pass on using such racially descriptive metaphors. Why don't you educate yourself before making yourself into a fool. You don't know of what you write except to prove the blatant political double standard !!!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 15 October, 2009 01:10  

  • I do not care if Rush is part owner of a team, even though I do not agree with him, but it's not Fergie's fault the NFL is blocking him. Fergie is liberal, but she has praised Condi Rice and is a sweet person. And please let's not get into her past problems when Rush was a drug addict himself.

    By Blogger Unknown, at 15 October, 2009 01:21  

  • NFL, meet MSM. Enjoy the slow slide into bankruptcy. For the same reasons.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 15 October, 2009 01:37  

  • Hey, Oily,
    "His attack on McNabb shows he knows nothing about sports."
    What attack? Back up your accusation with facts, a link, something verifiable.
    Always read more than only the first sentenance of anything.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 15 October, 2009 02:32  

  • Hate the world, and the world hates you back.

    Limbaugh can't play the slighted victim of criticism when his entire career is based on criticizing others.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 15 October, 2009 02:51  

  • This is outrageous!

    Rush Limbaugh LOVES football, he clearly is NOT racist, and yet trashy pop tramp Fergie gets to be a part-owner of an NFL team while Rush Limbaugh suffers from liberal-media created phantom "quotes?"

    Why does SHE get a free pass and Rush gets screwed? She probably doesn't know a Quarterback from a Safety! She's probably too busy rapping about her latest drug enabled sex-orgy to care about football!!! And yet RUSH is the controversial one?!?!?

    I can't believe this. Whoever the "group" is that dropped Rush Limbaugh, they better be ashamed of it... I hope to God they reverse their decision, because this is upsetting.

    By Anonymous Derek, at 15 October, 2009 02:56  

  • It is time to launch a boycott against Dave Checketts and SCP Worldwide. The enabler of Sharpton et. al. must pay.

    Here is what they do:

    " SCP Worldwide owns a diverse array of properties that include the National Hockey League’s St. Louis Blues, Scottrade Center, famed Kiel Opera House in St. Louis as well as the Blues' AHL affiliate Peoria Rivermen. The company also owns and operates Major League Soccer’s Real Salt Lake and its home - Rio Tinto Stadium - a soccer-specific facility with related entertainment elements in Sandy, Utah as well as KALL700 Sports Radio in Salt Lake City."

    Dave Checketts has allowed the Sharptons of the world to throw US in the grease. Checketts has empowered every kook out there to now smear Limbaugh's entire audience, and that is EXACTLY what Soros and Emanuel will do.

    Dave Checketts must pay for this. This is horrible, an incredible blow to free speach. He must pay. I know we usually are against boycotts, but Checketts alowed himself to be intimidated by Al Sharpton, and he has now made it possible for the Left to brutalize Limbaugh's listeners and supporters. Just watch. They will now smear us all.

    The thing to do is to make the cowards pay-Dave Checketts.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 15 October, 2009 09:29  

  • Very nice job
    radio equalizer. I will also think about boycotting the NFL...Direct TV, And anything else to do with the NFL. I have loved that game for decades. But enough is enough. Time to tell the truth and quit filling the airwaves with these lies about Rush. People that care about this country should think before they buy anything else that has the NFL logo on it.!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 15 October, 2009 10:51  

  • Fergie's band equates the CIA with terrorists. That's OK.
    Fergie abused drugs for fun. That's OK
    Rush was addicted due to medical reasons- NOT OK

    Why pay a company that does not want you as a customer due to your political beliefs? Thanks NFL for saving me money. I'll take my ticket money and go snook fishing instead. As a lifelong Fins fan I am disguted and ashamed.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 15 October, 2009 11:32  

  • "The difference between Limbaugh Fergie is: Fergie doesn't go around making racial slurs against quarterbacks"

    Nice try, since Limbaugh didn't make a racial slur against McNabb. What he said was "McNabb is overrated, but the media doesn't want to talk about it because they have a vested interest in there being black quarterbacks in the NFL".

    Not one bit of racism there at all if you are willing to be honest with yourself.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 15 October, 2009 12:03  

  • The NFL is badly overplaying their hand. Stop going to games ...

    Stop buying government motors cars ...

    Stop going to stupid chick-a-fide movies ...

    Just stop, and soon it will end.

    By Blogger 10ksnooker, at 15 October, 2009 13:04  

  • Maybe everyone should stop watching and going to games until they take the politics out of it!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 15 October, 2009 14:36  

  • I haven't much liked pro football since I realized that some of the games are fixed. Now I have another reason not to like it. It will give me some pleasure to see seats in the top tiers of Megastadia like Invesco in Denver and the new Cowstadium in Arlington, empty on game day.

    By Anonymous Patrick of atlantis, at 15 October, 2009 15:39  

  • Why is everyone so upset? America is becoming a bunch of whiny, infantile complainers. Grow up, all y'all. Life's too short. I don't give a hoot who owns what team. It's a GAME, people!

    By Anonymous George Washington, at 27 January, 2011 17:33  

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