Biggs: Kiwanuka sacks idea of playing for Limbaugh
The 0-4 St. Louis Rams face some personnel issues. There’s no way around it after they have been shut out in two games and have managed to score just 24 points.If Rush Limbaugh is successful in his bid to purchase the club with Dave Checketts, as was announced earlier this week, it might become more difficult for the Rams to do something about a roster in bad need of a makeover.
The conservative talking head, who has been a lightning rod for criticism, could find it difficult bringing African-American players to town if the sentiments discovered by Ohm Youngmisuk of the New York Daily News prove to be widespread.
New York Giants defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka, who played for Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo previously, said no way.
“All I know is from the last comment I heard, he said in (President) Obama's America, white kids are getting beat up on the bus while black kids are chanting 'right on,'" Kiwanuka told Youngmisuk. "I mean, I don't want anything to do with a team that he has any part of. He can do whatever he wants, it is a free country. But if it goes through, I can tell you where I am not going to play.
"I am not going to draw a conclusion from a person off of one comment, but when it is time after time after time and there's a consistent pattern of disrespect and just a complete misunderstanding of an entire culture that I am a part of, I can't respect him as a man.”
The Rams are early in the process of looking for bidders, and any ownership group selected by the organization would have to be approved by 75 percent of the league.
Limbaugh was infamously bounced from a very short stint at ESPN six years ago when he said media were “very desirous that a black quarterback do well,’’ a reference to Philadelphia quarterback Donovan McNabb.
“I love Spags and would play for him in a heartbeat,’’ Kiwanuka said. “Obviously, trades you have no control over, but if it was a free-agent thing, I wouldn't care if I only had one offer on the table, I would rather stay a free agent.”
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