Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh claimed Monday that for the first time in a few decades, he made a decision not to watch NFL football.
Limbaugh said, “I did not watch the National Football League yesterday, and it was the first time in 45 years that I made an active decision not to watch, including my team, the Pittsburgh Steelers.”
“It was not a decision made in anger. It was genuine sadness. I realized that I can no longer look at this game and watch this game and study this game and pretend, you know, fantasize, everything a fan does. This whole thing has removed for me the ingredients that are in the recipe that make up a fan,” he said.
Limbaugh cited the politicization of the NFL as his reason for not watching.
Controversy has erupted over NFL players, mostly African-American, taking a knee during the national anthem. Conservatives see it as disrespectful and unpatriotic, while many players defend it as being a protest against police brutality and racism.
President Trump said on Friday during a speech, “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now, he’s fired! He’s fired!'” (RELATED: Trump On NFL Anthem Kneelers: ‘Get That Son Of A B**** Off The Field [VIDEO])
Limbaugh added that the NFL has been, “politicized and corrupted.”
Limbaugh also added, “You can’t watch ESPN anymore and just learn about what happened during the day in football games. You can’t. You are going to be deluged with other things that are irrelevant to why you care and why you want to watch.”