I'll make this simple.
Limbaugh's defenders have argued that it violated free speech or ran amuck of free-speech. The irony is that, it was the result of Limbaugh's own words, in more than one way.
Limbaugh speaks his mind, or at least what he thinks his audience wants to hear. That doesn't play well with everyone. Not everyone is a fan of Limbaugh, some are even angered by him.
Some in the media even quoted things that Limbaugh never said about slavery and the assassin of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Here though is a real quote for the media that runs with fictitious quotes because they don't actually listen to his show, past or present.
In Limbaugh's own words about campaign-finance reform: You have the right to speak, but no right to be heard. The people with more money should have a greater voice. His words, not mine.
And guess what, the NFL has far more money than Limbaugh, and believed that his presence would be detrimental to the bottom line. In the end, money spoke louder than Limbaugh's words.
That though, is what Limbaugh has always said.