On his Friday show, conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh reacted to the previous evening’s monologue from CBS announcer James Brown during the pregame show of the Pittsburgh Steelers-Baltimore Ravens football game.
In that monologue, Brown offered a number of suggestions for his viewing audience that would somehow stymy the spread of domestic violence. However, Limbaugh decried Brown using his CBS platform for such monologue, arguing that wasn’t the time nor the place for such a lecture.
Then he went on to say that combined with other hot-button issues surrounding the NFL, including the 2012 murder-suicide of Jovan Belcher and his girlfriend, the name of the Washington Redskins and the entry of Michael Sam, the first openly gay player drafted by an NFL team would be the end of the NFL.
“Sorry, this is not why I watch football,” Limbaugh said. “This is going to be the death of this sport. It is no longer an escape. It is no longer about great athletes. It is no longer about amazing athletic achievement and drama. It’s now become about guns and gays and domestic violence. These are the topics that we’re all going to be lectured on all season long. A press conference for a practice squad signee in Dallas because he’s gay? The never-ending refrain on the Washington Redskins’ name and now this? Gun, gays, domestic violence – these are topics that I frankly I don’t need to be preached to about. I don’t need to be lectured and I certainly, certainly don’t want to turn on a football game and end up being accused of all kinds of social misbehavior.”
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