I don’t know where the NFL Players’ Union gets the right to vet the political opinions of team owners, but the union’s executive director, DeMaurice Smith, apparently thinks that’s part of his job:
NFL Players executive director DeMaurice Smith on Saturday made a move to solidify the union against a bid by conservative talk show radio host Rush Limbaugh as part of a group that aims to purchase the St. Louis Rams.
In an e-mail to the union’s executive committee on Saturday specifically addressing Limbaugh’s bid, Smith said, “I’ve spoken to the Commissioner [Roger Goodell] and I understand that this ownership consideration is in the early stages. But sport in America is at its best when it unifies, gives all of us reason to cheer, and when it transcends. Our sport does exactly that when it overcomes division and rejects discrimination and hatred.”
Yes, this is how we “overcome division” all right: we try to limit other people’s business opportunities, depending on whether we agree with their politics. Smith obviously has studied in the Barack Obama School of Non-Partisanship.
What “discrimination and hatred” is he talking about? Who knows?
“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,” said Smith in the e-mail. “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.
Again, one can only ask: what the Hell is he talking about? An ugly part of this country’s modern history is the persistent effort by liberals to delegitimize conservatives and import political disagreement into every sphere of life. Conservatives shouldn’t go backwards. We must not give up, give in or take the liberals’ bigotry lying down. I trust Rush won’t.