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RUSH: I have an interesting story here in the Washington Post, actually it’s an op-ed column by the Reverend Al Sharpton. The headline of the piece is: ‘Celebrities and Athletes Offer a Poor Example on Guns and Violence.’ The Reverend Sharpton begins his piece with this: ‘The recent headlines were chilling: NBA players allegedly brandishing guns in the Verizon Center locker room. Gang and youth violence plagues U.S. cities, and people constantly ask: What are young Americans thinking? Well, when we look at today’s athletic and entertainment stars, we begin to see the answer. Maybe young Americans are thinking like their role models: athletes or actors who, fairly or unfairly, have become the billboards of violent and destructive behavior.’ I’m not going to read the rest of this. I’ll summarize it for you. The Reverend Sharpton says that there is a culture of violence in sports and recklessness, too.

Now, I’ve heard somebody say something like that before. I heard somebody suggest that sometimes these contests look like the Bloods and the Crips. Do you remember who said that, Brian? Well, whoever said it was deemed unfit to be part of the National Football League. That would be me. We should go out and ask Roger Goodell, the commissioner of the National Football League, what he thinks of the Reverend Sharpton’s comment here that there’s a culture of violence in sports and recklessness, too. Maybe the commissioner thinks Al Sharpton has a good point, once again proving, ladies and gentlemen, that I, your host, am on the cutting edge of societal evolution.

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