A potential ownership group attempting to purchase the St. Louis Rams has dropped radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh as an investor.
The group includes Dave Checketts, the chairman of hockey's St. Louis Blues, and announced the decision to drop Limbaugh on Wednesday.
"Rush was to be a limited partner -- as such, he would have had no say in the direction of the club or in any decisions regarding personnel or operations," Checketts said in a written statement. "This was a role he enthusiastically embraced.
"However, it has become clear that his involvement in our group has become a complication and a distraction to our intentions, endangering our bid to keep the team in St. Louis. As such, we have decided to move forward without him and hope it will eventually lead us to a successful conclusion."
According to an account by ESPN, Limbaugh said on air Wednesday: "This is not about the NFL. It's not about the St. Louis Rams. It's not about me. This is about the ongoing effort by the left in this country, wherever you find them, in the media, the Democratic party, or wherever, to destroy conservatism, to prevent the mainstreaming of anyone who is prominent as a conservative.
"Therefore, this is about the future of the United States of America and what kind of country we're going to have."
ESPN reported later that a spokesperson for Limbaugh indicated that Limbaugh had no immediate comment about the announcement by Checketts.
The developments came one day after NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell expressed wariness about Limbaugh's bid.
Goodell said Tuesday at an NFL owners' meeting in Boston that he would find it inappropriate for an owner of a franchise to make the sort of controversial remarks attributed to Limbaugh in the past.
Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay also said Tuesday that he would not vote to approve Limbaugh as an owner. Any sale of an NFL team must be approved by at least three-quarters of the owners.
It's still not certain that the Rams will be sold, owners said Tuesday, and there are multiple investment groups involved in the bidding process. . . .
According to reports, the NFL's team owners this week approved singer Fergie of the musical group the Black Eyed Peas as a partial owner of the Miami Dolphins.