The first players to come out in opposition of political shock jock Rush Limbaugh were Mathias Kiwanuka of the New York Giants and Bart Scott of the New York Jets. Now this feeling it becoming more widespread in the league as even some current Rams including Stevan Jackson, Leonard Little and Donnie Avery have come out in opposition of a possible Limbaugh takeover, Jackson even going as far to say he will never play for the Rams
My question is this. Do the players have a right to refuse to play for the Rams if Limbaugh does indeed purchase the team? Can politics as divisive as it is play a roll in the NFL? My thoughts are this. I do not agree with what Limbaugh stands for and his ignorant remarks, but in America isn't he entitled to them? Also Dan Rooney of the Pittsburgh Steelers came out in full support of Obama during the 2008 campaign and is now ambassador to Ireland and a part of the Obama administration. What would happen if say Big Ben came out against Rooney and refused to play for him because of his politics?
Now i completely understand where these African American athletes are coming from. Limbaugh is a bigot and flat out racist. This was proven during his MNF stint with ESPN when he questioned Mcnabb's intelligence and an African American's ability to play QB. I am also happy about players coming out and taking a stand on issues that affect our society after being in the dark for so long.