As NewsBusters previously reported, Republican Congressman Steve King of Iowa grilled NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell Wednesday about conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh being denied ownership in the St. Louis Rams despite pop artists Fergie and Jennifer Lopez having minority interests in the Miami Dolphins.
In King's view, Fergie and J-Lo's offensive behavior in the past don't fit Goodell's own highly-publicized standards that "Divisive comments are not what the NFL is all about."
Although Limbaugh has posted a response to this hearing at his own website, he has been kind enough to elaborate for our readers:
UPDATE AT END OF POST: Limbaugh responds to today's hearing.
During Wednesday's Congressional hearing about head injuries in football, Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) ripped NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell over the decision to not allow conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh to own a team when pop artists Fergie and Jennifer Lopez do.
As NewsBusters reported on October 17, Fergie and J-Lo are part owners of the Miami Dolphins despite having incidents in their respective pasts that are far more offensive than anything Limbaugh was accused of.
With this obvious hypocrisy in mind, King gave Goodell quite a tongue-lashing (video embedded below the fold with partial transcript):
If the National Football League is really concerned about the behavior of its owners away from the field, maybe it should take a close at the Miami Dolphins.
As Big Hollywood reported Friday, pop artists Fergie and Jennifer Lopez both have minority interests in the NFL team in Southern Florida.
Despite being labeled as "Cool NFL Owners" in a Kansas City Star piece Wednesday -- coincidentally the same day Rush Limbaugh was thrown out of the prospective ownership group bidding on the St. Louis Rams -- Fergie and J-Lo have some incidents in their respective pasts that are far worse than anything Limbaugh was falsely accused of saying.
For instance, these are lyrics from a J-Lo song performed with rapper Ja Rule a few years ago (extreme vulgarity alert):