U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak (D. Pa.) fired off a letter to Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie today urging him to oppose Rush Limbaugh’s attempt to buy the St. Louis Rams.
Sestak, who is challenging Sen. Arlen Specter in the Democratic primary, called Limbaugh “divisive and offensive” and wrote that the conservative radio talk-show host “preaches values diametrically opposed to those of the Eagles and the NFL.”
Limbaugh announced yesterday that he was teaming up with St. Louis Blues owner Dave Checketts to buy the Rams. Despite having the longest losing streak in the NFL, the franchise is valued at about $929 million.
Limbaugh and Checketts would need the approval of 24 of the NFL’s 32 owners to buy the team.
Sestak noted that Limbaugh, who once hosted a pre-game show on ESPN, made derogatory comments about Donovan McNabb in 2003 saying the Eagles quarterback received undeserved credit for the team’s success because of his race.
“Limbaugh offered no remorse or even a hint that he understood the absurdity and inappropriateness of his commentary,” Sestak wrote.
Sestak asked Lurie to join the NFL Players Association and Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay to thwart Limbaugh’s bid.
The congressman sent a similar letter to Pittsburgh Steelers chairman Dan Rooney.
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