Addressing NFL broadcaster James Brown’s commentary Thursday night challenging “the NFL community and all men” to do something about domestic violence, Rush Limbaugh lamented that NFL executives and sports journalists are “chickifying” football.
On Friday’s broadcast, recorded by Media Matters for America, Limbaugh called concerns over the abuse of women by NFL players, “… a race to see who can be the most politically correct feminist guy.”
“This is crazy. We’re feminizing this game, and its a man’s game, ” Limbaugh said. “If we keep feminizing this game, we’re going to ruin it. Keep chickifying this game, we’re going to ruin it. It’s going to become something it was never intended to be. And so many men now, executives in the league and sports drive-bys are in a race to see who can be the most politically correct feminist guy. It’s comical to watch this.”
Limbaugh complained that Brown’s anti-violence monologue prior to the Ravens/Steelers game followed 20 minutes of sideline reporting from Norah O’Donnell discussing suspended player Ray Rice and embattled NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.
Limbaugh abruptly shifted gears, discussing the “war on women,” and the CBS crew covering the game: Brown, former Steeler’s coach Bill Cowher, and NFL Hall of Famer Deion Sanders.
“War on women? Are these guys beating up their wives? Are they all Republicans? Are they? Are they voting Democrat , you think? I mean, who’s really conducting the war on women here? ” Limbaugh asked, his voice rising. “Who’s actually doing this? Who has brought this all about? All this supposed abuse on women that takes place in the NFL? Who are these guys? Think they’re voting Republican? I kinda doubt it.”
Limbaugh continued, “I think the odds are, they’re voting Democrat. I’m sorry, if they’re going to politicize this — they’re the ones politicizing this — I’m doing nothing but following along. And they’re the ones who have this stupid war on women meme, accusing the Republicans of it, and I don’t see any Republicans accused of this.”
Limbaugh had a brief stint as an NFL announcer on ESPN in 2003 before resigning following comments he made on the air about Philadelphia quarterback Donovan McNabb, saying media outlets slanted their coverage of McNabb because they were “very desirous that a black quarterback do well.”
Listen to the audio below from Media Matters for America: