Sharpton Threatens To Sue Rush Over Op-Ed Remarks

 The Rev. Al Sharpton on Saturday threatened to sue conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh for writing in a column that the civil rights leader played a role in two New York race riots.

Conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh said his comments were taken out of context.

The Rev. Al Sharpton on Saturday threatened to sue conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh for writing in a column that the civil rights leader played a role in two New York race riots.

In a column published by the Wall Street Journal on Saturday about his derailed bid to become part-owner of the St. Louis Rams, he accuses Sharpton and the Rev. Jesse Jackson of making comments that helped get him booted from a group that was trying to buy the NFL team.

Limbaugh derided Sharpton as having played "a leading role in the 1991 Crown Heights riot" and the "1995 Freddie's Fashion Mart riot."

Those comments prompted a quick retort from Sharpton, who called both allegations false.

Sharpton was not present for or involved in the rioting in Brooklyn's Crown Heights section in August 1991, during which hundreds of blacks were involved in attacks on the neighborhood's Jewish residents. He did deliver a eulogy at the funeral of the youth whose death in a traffic accident triggered the violence, but that didn't happen until the violence ended.

Sharpton also wasn't present on Dec. 8, 1995, when a lone, black gunman burst into Freddie's Fashion Mart, a Jewish-owned business in Harlem, started shooting and set the building on fire. Seven people died. There was no riot.

Sharpton's organization had, like other black groups, been involved in picketing the business over its plans to expand into space occupied by a black-owned business, but he said he couldn't be blamed for the madman's rampage.

"Unless Mr. Limbaugh apologizes and clarifies his statements, attorneys for Rev. Sharpton will move forward with a lawsuit," said a written statement released Saturday by Sharpton's spokeswoman. "He has the right to criticize Rev. Sharpton, but he does not have the right to accuse him of criminal activity, and riots and murders are criminal."

A spokesman for Limbaugh, Tony Knight, of Sitrick and Company, did not immediately respond to an e-mailed request for comment.


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  • by RODOG Location: NEWPORT on Oct 26, 2009 at 01:45 PM
    Mr.Al Sharpton please forget about rush and support Mr. Jesse Jackson for 2012 he has my vote
  • by Anonymous on Oct 20, 2009 at 08:11 AM
    I never knew this but I looked up Al Sharpton on the internet, and found out he was ordained at the age of 9. How does a 9 year old get ordained? Take at look at some of his actions he has done, as a man of God shouldnt he look out for the well being of all people and not just the blacks? He has been in involved in numerous cases that ended up being lies ie: Duke lacross team, Bernhard Goetz, Tawana Brawley controversy. He is one of the biggest racist on the earth today. He should be stripped of his pastorhood and sent to jail for tax evasion.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Oct 20, 2009 at 08:00 AM
    Lavon, to clear the air, do you think Sharpton should apologize for accusing the Duke LaCross players of rape?
  • by once again Location: ayden on Oct 20, 2009 at 07:32 AM
    Lavon...Your President had a beer with a complete stranger and he is still doing what he does best!!! I think I'll be alright..besides..reading your comments for a while now..I feel like I know exactly who you are...That's OK though...I accept the RSVP!!!
  • by Anonymous on Oct 19, 2009 at 11:31 PM
    Lavon: Are you even old enough to drink beer?
  • by ace Location: plymouth on Oct 19, 2009 at 05:06 PM
    Al is a so called preacher, let him turn the other cheek!
  • by P on Oct 19, 2009 at 03:05 PM
    agree huh wuut Chappelle could do a better Al same as Tina Fey could do a better Palin
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Oct 19, 2009 at 11:27 AM
    Anonymous on Oct 18, 2009 at 02:42 PM, your post is the biggest like posted out there. I can tell you as a mater of fact, Rush never said that. That came right from moveon.org, and like the disease of lies it is, was spread on the networks. This is why the left has lost credibility except with Lavon, we all know he loves the color, not the man or what he stands for. You know, "bliss". Someday, people will be "learned" enough to cast a reponsible vote, in the meantime, we have Lavon.
  • by Wayne Location: Stanly Co. NC on Oct 19, 2009 at 05:58 AM
    RUSH FOR PRESIDENT!!!! RUSH FOR PRESIDENT!!!! Most NFL team owners are republicans and admit the same! Yet they take advantage of the least intelligent people in the USA and racist Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson say nothing about that! All the NBA owners take advantage of the least intelligent people as well for money… Make me wonder are Al & Jesse silent co-owners of an NBA or NFL team? Making money while their kind are used by the owners for more money?
  • by huh wuut? on Oct 18, 2009 at 08:07 PM
    al sharpton is one of the biggest in your face racists there are. even black people think he is racist. limbaugh is the white people equivalent of al sharpton, actually. ringside seats? no one wants to listen to an angry, condescending black man that blames everyone else for the demise of anyone of color. al sharpton should definitely be replaced by DAve Chappelle. at least then i can laugh about being accused of horrible racist things ive never even thought of doing! al sharpton needs racism to exist. if racism went away, he would surely disappear into dust.
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