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Wait, What? Rush Limbaugh Defends Donovan McNabb From Charges That He’s Not Black Enough


We’ll admit it – when Donovan McNabb’s agent, Fletcher Smith, released a statement condemning boxer Bernard Hopkins’ nonsensical questioning of McNabb’s blackness, we thought that was it. Smith said all that had to be said (since McNabb elected to remain silent), pundits got in their shots at Hopkins – controversy over.

It was just adorable of us to believe that.

Because now, no less a personality than Rush Limbaugh has added his take on the controversy. Rush, if you’ll remember, has something of a checkered past involving McNabb himself, considering he proclaimed back in 2003 that members of the media collectively overrated McNabb as part of some great desire to see a black quarterback succeed. Now, though, like every other human except for Bernard Hopkins, Rush is pro-McNabb:

“I said nothing close to what Bernard Hopkins was saying. I never said a word about McNabb and blackness. I was talking about the media from start to finish….This poor guy cannot, he cannot catch a break. And it’s disgruntled African Americans that are jumping down his case, about the way he was raised? It is horrible, it is distasteful. His parents are out there having to defend the way they raised him, and all they tried to do was give him opportunity after opportunity, expose he and his brother to various things. It’s just amazing to watch this.”

Putting aside the self-defense (not to mention that the basis for Limbaugh’s entire 2003 statement, though he did couch it in media terms, was “McNabb and blackness”) and the fact that we’re not quite comfortable with the idea of Rush Limbaugh as an arbiter of what’s tastreful and what isn’t, and we can only say that, in his larger point (this might be tough to get out)…

…Rush is right.

It ought to say a lot, that Hopkins’ comments were met with with so much vehement disagreement from all corners, that Limbaugh’s reaction isn’t to try and say the craziest, most attention-getting thing possible, but to simply lament how McNabb “cannot catch a break.” Of course, this being Rush Limbaugh, we can’t discount the possibility he knew that simply taking McNabb’s side would be the most attention-getting maneuver, but frankly, that doesn’t matter all that much. Let the record show that Rush Limbaugh is on the right side of this debate…and let this hopefully, finally, be the end of it.


  • Anonymous

    As always, Rush Limbaugh is just a LIAR.  What Rush said before was that McNabb was not as good as his press was.  He also said that McNabb was never anything special.  The reason Rush is lying now is that the Pro Football Players wouldn’t have anything to do with Rush’s pathetic racist self and wouldn’t allow Rush to ever own part of an NFL football team.  This is not to mention that this dimwitted redneck has previously asserted that slavery was no big deal–not worth a civil war.  RUSH SUCKS. 

  • LibsAreCommies

    Of course Rush was right about the black-apologist Liberal Media slobbering all over McNabb because he is black, just exactly as they have with Obama. Racially bullying PC be damned.
    Both McNabb and Obama are plenty black. Plenty.  

  • JK

    I agree that Rush said that ”McNabb was not as good as his press was.”  That was his point — much of the press wanted to see something that wasn’t quite there in the hopes it would prove some point.  How does this make Rush a liar?  It actually confirms his argument that race prejudiced the thinking of the PRESS regarding McNabb.  So, I’m sure Rush appreciates you making his point for him.

    PS The Civil War nonsense has been thoroughly debunked.  The LA Times pulled quotes off his Wikipedia page, which in turn supported those claims with absolutely nothing–no tapes, no transcripts, no dates, no witnesses, NOTHING.  If the guy is as evil as you say, you’d think you could find something he actually said to defend your point, rather than fabricated slander.  Disagree with his politics, his style, his ego, etc.  But at least be honest about why you are doing so, and at least be fair about it. 

    I don’t really like the guy either, but this witchunt has always been unfair.   

  • http://twitter.com/BarneyFranken Barney Frankenstein

     I can see the foam coming out of Will737′s mouth, which is probably the reaction Rush was going for.

  • LibsAreCommieskilla

     Talking like a real klansman there buddy. BTW, Obama is bi-racial. That makes him as much white as he is black.

  • Anonymous

    Rush was right then, too. And he didn’t couch it in media terms, his comment was about the media treatment of McNabb. See Allen Barra.

    http://www.slate.com/id/2089193/

  • Anonymous

    Rush was right then, too. And he didn’t couch it in media terms, his comment was about the media treatment of McNabb. See Allen Barra.

    http://www.slate.com/id/2089193/

  • Anonymous

    McNabb is not as good as his press was, and he’s not all that special. Where’s the lie?

  • Anonymous

    McNabb is not as good as his press was, and he’s not all that special. Where’s the lie?

  • http://twitter.com/NickFun NickFun

     What, exactly, does “not black enough” mean?  He can’t dance?  He can’t dunk?  He can’t speak jive?  Any comment regarding a persons ‘blackness’ is just as racist as saying I’m not white enough.  Or Barney Frank isn’t gaay enough.  Let’s treat people as what they are firast — HUMAN BEINGS!

  • Anonymous

     vipshopper.us

  • Anonymous

    Do you fellows not even know how to look up objective statistics?  Here I’ll help you.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donovan_McNabb 


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