The NFL needs a long, hot shower after this:
In the wake of his controversial statements regarding Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb, Rush Limbaugh has resigned from his position on ESPN's NFL pregame show. ESPN has accepted the resignation.
Limbaugh issued a statement late Wednesday night in which he wrote:
"My comments this past Sunday were directed at the media and were not racially motivated. I offered an opinion. This opinion has caused discomfort to the crew, which I regret.
"I love NFL Sunday Countdown and do not want to be a distraction to the great work done by all who work on it.
"Therefore, I have decided to resign. I appreciate the opportunity to be a part of the show and wish all the best to those who make it happen."
George Bodenheimer, President, ESPN and ABC Sports, issued the following response:
"We accept his resignation and regret the circumstances surrounding this. We believe that he took the appropriate action to resolve this matter expeditiously."
Ri-i-i-i-ght. I read that as, "I'm glad I didn't have to fire his racist ass and put up with a million damn phone calls from his idiot minions, but I woulda."
Update: Considering this story was reported by the AP just minutes after they posted a story with the headline "Limbaugh Stands by His Remarks About Race and Philadelphia Quarterback," you have to wonder if this story (in today's New York Daily News had anything to do with his decision.