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Limbaugh resigns from ESPN

Oct. 2, 2003 at 12:22 AM   |   Comments

BRISTOL, Conn., Oct. 1 (UPI) -- Rush Limbaugh resigned from ESPN Wednesday night, three days after saying media members overpraised Donovan McNabb because he is black.

The conservative radio talk show host made the comments on the cable network's pre-game NFL telecast. He said the Philadelphia quarterback was overrated. Members of the media, he said, wanted black quarterbacks to succeed.

Limbaugh said in announcing his resignation that he was sorry he made other members of the show uncomfortable.

McNabb, meanwhile, said Wednesday that someone associated with ESPN should have answered Limbaugh's remarks during the show.

"It's somewhat shocking to hear that on national TV from him," McNabb said.

McNabb was upset that ESPN's other analysts didn't oppose Limbaugh. Also on the panel were former NFL players Michael Irvin and Tom Jackson, who are black, and Steve Young.

"I'm not pinpointing anyone," McNabb said. "But somebody should have said something to the race issue."

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