NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell suggests that Limbaugh would not be welcome in the league.

Roger GoodellToday, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell essentially came out against Rush Limbaugh’s bid for the St. Louis Rams, saying that based on the hate radio host’s past rhetoric, Limbaugh didn’t live up to the “standard” of the League:

“I’ve said many times before, we’re all held to a high standard here,” Goodell said. Then he continued: “I would not want to see those comments coming from people who are in a responsible position in the NFL –- absolutely not.” […]

“The comments Rush made specifically about Donovan, I disagree with very strongly,” Goodell said. “It’s a polarizing comment that we don’t think reflect accurately on the N.F.L. or our players. I obviously do not believe those comments are positive and they are divisive. That’s a negative thing for us, obviously.”

In 2003, ESPN fired Limbaugh for arguing that Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb was overrated within the sports press because the “media has been very desirous that a black quarterback do well.” In recent days, NFL players and the head of the union have also spoken out against the bid, and today, Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay said he would vote against Limbaugh, calling his past comments “inappropriate, incendiary and insensitive.”

Ryan Watkins