Talk show host Rush Limbaugh, whose bid to buy the St. Louis Rams has run into opposition within the NFL, says he's a victim of "totally made-up and fabricated quotes" attributed to him.
In an e-mail to The Associated Press, the conservative commentator calls reports about him "outrageous and slanderous." He notes he would be a minority owner in the prospective group, and adds that he is from Missouri and was saddened when the Cardinals left for Arizona. Limbaugh declared that he loves the National Football League.
Earlier today, Colts owner Jim Irsay vowed to vote against Limbaugh. League commissioner Roger Goodell said NFL insiders would not tolerate what he called "divisive" statements.
Prominent blacks are already lining up against Limbaugh. NFL Players Association head DeMaurice Smith, who is black, urged players to speak out against Limbaugh's bid, and several have already said they would not play for his team.