By Frank James
Even a wealthy and famous conservative radio talk show host with a huge following can get thrown under the bus when he gets in the way of other wealthy guys trying to buy something as coveted as an NFL football team. Rush Limbaugh was purged from the investor group trying to buy the St. Louis Rams.
According to the St. Louis Post Dispatch, Limbaugh didn't jump, he was pushed from the group trying to buy the St. Louis Rams.
The Post-Dispatch has learned through league sources that Limbaugh has been dropped from the group. Limbaugh has been informed of the decision, according to league sources. The Checketts group subsequently issued a statement to that effect (complete statement is included at bottom of this story).
Less than two weeks ago, reports surfaced that Limbaugh, the conservative radio commentator, had joined a potential ownership group headed by Checkett, owner of the St. Louis Blues. Limbaugh himself later confirmed that he was part of the group.
That set off a firestorm of criticism that included NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith, politcal activist Al Sharpton, and several NFL players. It became evident that Limbaugh was in trouble Tuesday, when Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay said he would vote against Limbaugh's inclusion in the Rams' ownership group. In addition, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell distanced himself from Limbaugh with several comments critcal of Limbaugh at the NFL owners meetings in Boston.