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Richard Sherman's epic postgame rant didn't scare Erin Andrews, but it sure shocked the hell out of America.

Some of my fiercest debates ever on Twitter and around the "water cooler" at work have been with people who are outraged about Sherman's infamous postgame interview with Andrews. But when I asked what he said that made them despise him so vehemently, not one...zero...zilch, bothered to explain their feelings.

That suggests to me that they really don't know or care what he said because all they saw was a loud, aggressive, black man shouting at a blonde white woman.  To all too many of them, Andrews was the proverbial "fair damsel in distress" and there was this rush to judgement...to be on her side, to save her from a thug--even though the damsel herself says she enjoyed the interview with Sherman and wanted it to go on.

I ask those of you who are so outraged about Sherman's antics this question:  Did the sight and sounds of Tom Brady literally chasing a referee off the field and cussing him out after a game on national TV make you equally upset?  If not, then perhaps you should ask yourself why not?  

And possibly chief among those who should ask themselves that is Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander who was so bothered by the sideline interview that he angrily tweeted:  "If he (Sherman) played baseball would get a high and tight fastball."  

What I saw in that interview was an exhausted, excited, articulate football player getting the last word on his arch nemisis on the last play of the game. He didn't say anything disrespectful to Andrews. He didn't use profanity. He even lauded his teammates. See for yourself.  Here's a short video of the actual interview:

In essence, as he was winding down, Sherman ripped 49ers' receiver Michael Crabtree after obviously going after him physically and verbally during a hard-fought, emotionally draining game. That's what got Verlander and millions of others--including thousands of racists--so riled up? C'mon man.  Who are the thugs here?

In my opinion, it's far more crass and unsportsmanlike to go after a referee spitting and hurling F-bombs than it is to be hyped up talking smack about an opponent you vanquished seconds ago and then have a microphone shoved into your face in the heat of the moment, while the adrenaline is still pumping.  But that's just me...I digress.

Anyway, even more alarming and damning are the number of racist tweets sent to and about Sherman. The common thread among those hateful communiques being that he's a black, ignorant, loud-mouthed thug. Black? Obviously. Loud-mouthed? Okay. Ignorant thug? Oh hell, no.

Richard Sherman graduated second in his high school class and went on to graduate from presitigious Stanford University.  He also launched his own charitable nonprofit group called Blanket Coverage – The Richard Sherman Family Foundation.  Its mission is to level the playing field for children enrolled in grades K-12 who have a strong combination of potential, goals and a desire to make the most of their education.  Hardly the stuff thugs are made of.

In his masterful Huffington Post article titled, What Richard Sherman Taught Us About America, Isaac Saul tells us about the "real" Sherman and ourselves.  Here's an excerpt:

But from my perspective, the heat Sherman is getting is not just misguided but ludicrous. This is a guy who represents one of the best kinds of sports stories there is in the world: the rise from the bottom, the profound destruction of obstacles, the honest success story built by a foundation of hard work and loving parents. If anyone with a brain took the time to learn about Richard Sherman, and then put him in the context of the rest of the National Football League, he'd be a pretty hard guy to bash.
Saul also wrote with pinpoint accuracy:
Last night, when Richard Sherman went on his rant to Erin Andrews, most of America thought they were learning about the arrogance of another NFL player. But in reality, what Richard Sherman did was teach us about ourselves. He taught us that we're still a country that isn't ready for lower-class Americans from neighborhoods like Compton to succeed. We're still a country that can't decipher a person's character. But most of all, he taught us that no matter what you overcome in your life, we're still a country that can't accept someone if they're a little louder, a little prouder, or a little different from the people we surround ourselves with.
Wow. Saul nailed it.

The not so subliminal message America is sending to its black males: Unless you're entertaining us on a field, on a court, on a diamond or inside a ring we don't want to see or hear you being bold or aggressive.  Be subservient.  Be humble.  Be meek. Otherwise, we'll see you as the uncouth threats we already believe you are...while we revere and see similar behavior from guys like Tom Brady as fiery and spirited.

A Twitter friend said that if that had been Ray Lewis holding that microphone instead of Erin Andrews this really wouldn't have erupted into anywhere near the controversy that it has become.  

I wholeheartedly agree.  But it also would not have given us another candid shot of the ingrained American attitudes that Isaac Saul so eloquently described.

I saw a little bit of Muhammad Ali in Sherman during that interview.  And I loved it.  And I share the sentiments tweeted to Sherman by another legendary American athlete, Hank Aaron:

@RSherman_25 - hang in there & keep playing as well as you did Sunday.  Excellent job - you have my support.
1:48 PM - 21 Jan 2014

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  •  I think what it is is simply one more example of (4+ / 0-)
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    a2nite, kck, Darmok, zed

    the negative effect of a violent game that football is, the anger that needs to be generated to maintain the level of violence involved.  

    To me, it's irrelevant where he came from or what color his skin is.  It's an exhibition of anger at a level that is not healthy, either for the individual or for society.

    But that has nothing to do with whether reactions are racist.  I have little doubt a whole lot of them are.

    •  Nonsense. (0+ / 0-)

      I'm really sorry to put it that way, but it just is.  People get like that over baseball.  Over tennis.  Is tennis a violent game that's bad for society?

    •  But for a LOT of others, the reactions were (0+ / 0-)

      totally racist and that is the only point here.  Not your lofty philosophical observations about the violent sport of football in general.

      It is quite relevant.

      •  Oh my. I'm honored. I have to admit I've (1+ / 0-)
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        Darmok

        never thought of my opinion of football consisting of lofty philosophical observations before.  

        Please note that I did state that I have no doubt many of the reactions were racist.  I was merely commenting on my reaction to the rant as well.  I will take my lofty philosophical observations with me for the night, though.

    •  If he really was angry, it was because he was (0+ / 0-)

      feeling disrespected by Kaepernick, the 49er's QB.  Kaepernick had only thrown in Sherman's direction once all day, and that had resulted in a (questionable) penalty against Sherman.  He was baiting them and taunting them to get them to throw to the receivers he was covering.  

      That they avoided throwing near him all day, then thought that they could throw the game winning touchdown past him was (in his world) disrespectful, which is why he gave the choking motion to Kaepernick.

      That that throw went to a receiver he had a history with and had already said he didn't think was a good receiver was more fuel to the fire.

      After the play, he ran over to the receiver, told him good game and tried to shake his hand, and the receiver shoved him in the face.

      The interview happened right after all of this.  Can you see maybe why he had a lot of adrenaline pumping?  They were mic'd and the tape was released tonight which corroborates the good game story, and Sherman wrote this all up in his regular SI column after the game:

      MMQB

      If you took the greed out of Wall Street all you’d have left is pavement ~Robert Reich

      by k8dd8d on Wed Jan 22, 2014 at 10:20:14 PM PST

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  •  He was rude and disrespectful of a defeated foe. (6+ / 0-)
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    Rudeness and disrespect have no color.

    Ted Cruz president? Pardon my Vietnamese, but Ngo Pho King Way.

    by ZedMont on Wed Jan 22, 2014 at 12:36:43 PM PST

  •  What a cop out (7+ / 0-)

    Negative reactions to his rant are not about race, they are about him being without grace.

    It's not hard to win with grace (or lose for that matter) and the same message you would give to your children and expect them to act towards their opponents is the same bar that should be held towards him.

    •  Yeah, the hate towards Sherman was surprising. (12+ / 0-)

      Crabtree was talking trash to him the whole game. There's a picture showing Sherman at the end of the game trying to shake Crabtree's hand and say "good game" and crabtree shoved him in the face.

      Who's the bad sport now?

      Crabtree talked shit, and Sherman proved to be the better player.

      Thanks for writing this, although I suspect it might not be too popular here. In his interviews after that he was fine.

      Sherman has nothing to apologize for, and I'm curious to see how he does against Manning at quarterback. What will the haters say if Sherman picks one off of Peyton Manning?

      This Browns fan says Go Seahawks.

      Shear is a very brittle failure mode. Other modes of material failure include warning signs like bowing or cracking. But Failure in Shear often occurs catastrophically, without warning.

      by Failure in Shear on Wed Jan 22, 2014 at 12:49:05 PM PST

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      •  Oh this was supposed to be a top-level comment (1+ / 0-)
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        ...still figuring out this comment system I guess.

        Shear is a very brittle failure mode. Other modes of material failure include warning signs like bowing or cracking. But Failure in Shear often occurs catastrophically, without warning.

        by Failure in Shear on Wed Jan 22, 2014 at 12:49:49 PM PST

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      •  His 'haters' (1+ / 0-)
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        Won't say one word if he intercepts Manning.  His high skill level was never in question.  It's his inability to show any grace or humility that is.

        The fact that his 'haters' won't say anything is a noticeable difference between those that disapprove of his 'brashness' and Richard.

        •  I'm interested to hear what the haters will say. (0+ / 0-)

          We'll see in a couple weeks if you're right. After 2 weeks of super bowl hype with this in the headlines, I think it will still be fresh in their minds.

          Shear is a very brittle failure mode. Other modes of material failure include warning signs like bowing or cracking. But Failure in Shear often occurs catastrophically, without warning.

          by Failure in Shear on Wed Jan 22, 2014 at 01:03:14 PM PST

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      •  Browns fan (1+ / 0-)
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        Failure in Shear

        Two words..

        John Elway

      •  X2 (1+ / 0-)
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        Failure in Shear

        nosotros no somos estúpidos

        by a2nite on Wed Jan 22, 2014 at 01:11:31 PM PST

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      •  Which one of them drew a flag? (0+ / 0-)

        Do you recall that between breaking up the pass and giving the infamous sideline interview, one of the two players (Sherman, not Crabtree) was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct? Not by racist bloggers, but by NFL referees.

        That's why Seattle had to run out the clock at their own 10.

        "Good game," and a handshake, indeed. I'm sure that's exactly how it went down.

        "They let 'em vote, smoke, and drive -- even put 'em in pants! So what do you get? A -- a Democrat for President!" ~ Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!

        by craiger on Wed Jan 22, 2014 at 08:45:25 PM PST

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        •  it did, he was mic'd and it's been released (0+ / 0-)

          Sherman drew the flag for giving the choking motion to Kaepernick, not for what happened with Crabtree.

          And he did that because he was offended that Kaepernick avoided throwing near him for the whole game and then tried to throw the winning touchdown right past him.

          If you took the greed out of Wall Street all you’d have left is pavement ~Robert Reich

          by k8dd8d on Wed Jan 22, 2014 at 10:41:01 PM PST

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    •  No. You haven't been paying attention. (2+ / 0-)
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      People used terms like porch monkey, ape, gangster and thug.

      Someone I've known literally since I was 5, used the N word to describe him on my Facebook feed. He's no longer a friend, needless to say. I've never heard him use language like this, but Sherman getting into the camera like that -- into the face of a white woman -- freaked a lot of people out.

      Some people thought his rant was inappropriate. Cool. Say so.

      But A LOT of the reaction was racist hateful vitriol.

      © grover


      So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

      by grover on Wed Jan 22, 2014 at 01:41:33 PM PST

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    •  Ahem, yes hell is was about race. (1+ / 0-)
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      Kwik

      Unless you clearly chose not to read the bigoted responses.  Sorry, but yall gonna have to try again.

      It's sports.  It's a spawn of this sport.  Deal with it.

      Grace?  Please, after that other football player had his damn leg turned backwards?????

      Ya think he is gracefully thanking the Seahawk defenders for that?

      You guys are really full of it on this.

      Really.

  •  We have a big problem in this country (1+ / 0-)
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    When being crude, obnoxious, and egotistical are not seen as being positive attributes. It's kind of incredible that people want to defend behavior that Richard Sherman himself has called "immature".

    I'm no philosopher, I am no poet, I'm just trying to help you out - Gomez (from the song Hamoa Beach)

    by jhecht on Wed Jan 22, 2014 at 12:43:51 PM PST

  •  Thanks (4+ / 0-)

    nosotros no somos estúpidos

    by a2nite on Wed Jan 22, 2014 at 12:45:09 PM PST

  •  Their beef goes back a ways (2+ / 0-)
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    and it's largely down to Crabtree...

    The Seattle Times sheds light on an incident from last offseason in which Crabtree reportedly tried to start a fight while the two were at a charity event hosted by Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald.

    "While there, Sherman went to shake Crabtree's hand, and Crabtree tried to start a fight, according to Sherman's older brother, Branton," writes Jerry Brewer of the Times. "'I'm going to make a play and embarrass him,' Richard Sherman vowed that day."

    It always seems impossible until its done. -Nelson Mandela

    by chuckvw on Wed Jan 22, 2014 at 12:59:40 PM PST

  •  ehrmagerd... (4+ / 0-)

    I just watched that clip and I'm so scared.
    Football fans are such hypocrites, they cheer on a rough, violent sport but pass out the moment they're exposed to one of the players!

    And it's clear to anyone with a brain that he's not attacking Erin, he's mocking his opponent. He's rubbing the dirt in. I expect a lot of Zimmerman defenders will be here attacking Sherman.

    'Cause, ya know?
    Yeah.

    •  That's pretty insulting (1+ / 0-)
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      Linking Zimmerman to not approving this guy's rant?  What a leap.

      FWIW, my issue has nothing to do with Andrews, it was his comments towards an opponent after the game that are of issue.  I've played sports at very high levels and never treated or spoke of an opponent that way.  I've coached at multiple levels and would never tolerate a player speaking of an opponent like that.  Even if he fired the first blow.  You are supposed to be better than that.

      •  So, get insulted. (3+ / 0-)
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        I don't care about your feelings. The reaction to Sherman isn't about sportsmanship, there are rude comments and gestures aplenty in the NFL.

        The criticisms focus on his race because the critics are focused on his race.

        •  It's truly pathetic (2+ / 0-)
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          That you are trying to make this about race.

          I'm a critic and I don't care what color he was.  It has zero bearing.  He completely lacked class, grace and humility with his comments.  That's not on other people, that's on him.

          •  I am trying to make this about race: (3+ / 0-)
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            Failure in Shear, Vita Brevis, grover
            Some were amused by Sherman's comments. Other commentators called him rude and disrespectful.

            Then the blatantly racist reactions began to roll in, with Twitter comments calling him the n-word, a "jungle monkey" and a "gorilla."

            "Lol don't mess with Richard Sherman, he will go bananas. Guys a fricken jungle monkey."

            "Richard Sherman = cocky [n--ger]. #SEAvsSF"

            "Richard Sherman's an ignorant ape."

            "I can't wait till manning and the rest of the broncos light Richard Sherman up# shut up you dumb [n--ger]"

            "Richard Sherman deserves to get shot in the [f--king] head. Disrespectful [n--ger]."

            Link
            •  It's shocking to me how many people are trying to (8+ / 0-)

              conflate criticism of Sherman's behavior which he himself said was inappropriate and the nasty ugly racist stuff that flowed his way within minutes after the end of the game.

              It's almost like hateful racists just sit, waiting for someone to (inadvertently) give them an excuse  to spew this horrible crap.

              And then the apologists come along and say, but the black dude was rude!

              I don't care how rude the black dude was, there is no reason for him to get bombed with the N word and other racist slurs.

              And people who don't seem to understand this make me wonder ....

              © grover


              So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

              by grover on Wed Jan 22, 2014 at 01:52:13 PM PST

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              •  It's sad, really. (3+ / 0-)
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                I'm sure some saw his interview--which Erin Andrews handled just fine, btw- and thought, 'he's kind of rude.'

                That's fine. Perfectly normal reaction. But what's not normal is the hate I just quoted. That's disgusting and racist. And the apologists are almost worse.

                They get some kind of weird thrill in passive/aggressive racism. They love lurking around black people at times like this---just as they did during Zimmerman's trial.

                •  Do you see anyone here apologizing for the racism? (0+ / 0-)
                  •  Yes. (1+ / 0-)
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                    Kwik

                    When you jump into a diary like this and howl that it's not about racism, when some of it absolutely is, then you apologize for that racism.

                    If you'd like, I can describe a non-racist way to react to Richard Sherman's interview.

                    •  Please proceed. (0+ / 0-)

                      But I think you're conflating people who have said that there are reasons to criticize Sherman that have nothing to do with race, with people who say that Sherman hasn't been subject to racist reaction - the latter being non-existent around here, IMO.

                      •  I'm not conflating anything.. (2+ / 0-)
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                        I'm perfectly capable of weeding out racist reactions to Sherman from non-racist ones. You're the one struggling here.

                        Now, let's say someone non-racist were to watch the Andrews interview(and the heated reaction from the public, including the overtly racist comments excerpted above) and didn't like the things Sherman said. Bad sportsmanship, rude, whatever.

                        That non-racist person wouldn't come into a diary discussing those racist reactions and wave his hands around frantically that race isn't the issue. Stomp his feet angrily that it wasn't about race. Without acknowleging that some of it clearly was.

                        How about this instead: 'I didn't like Sherman's interview and I don't like trash talk because it's bad for the game(blah, blah, whatever) but some of that stuff on twitter is toxic and racist.'

                        That's a non-racist reaction.
                        Try it out sometime.

                        •  Nice strawman (0+ / 0-)
                          That non-racist person wouldn't come into a diary discussing those racist reactions and wave his hands around frantically that race isn't the issue.
                          Maybe you should try reading the comments before coming up with something about which to be upset.
                          •  Given the subject matter, (0+ / 0-)

                            I didn't expect much from this interaction. Nor did I expect you to acknowledge the racism in some of the criticism aimed at Sherman.

                            But that's 'being an apologist for racism.'
                            If that makes you sad, grab a kleenex.

          •  What's really pathetic is... (1+ / 0-)
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            that you refuse to acknowledge that there are any racial/racists elements to the public's overreaction to Richard Sherman. That's the tragedy. By turning a blind eye, you're complicit with those who tagged Sherman a monkey and worse.

      •  What? You are a Zimmerman defender? (0+ / 0-)
      •  Speaking of Zimmerman, here's what one Sherman (0+ / 0-)

        hater tweeted:
        http://deadspin.com/...

        Someone needs to introduce Richard Sherman to George Zimmerman.
        Yah.
        And the link I posted has a nice sampling of the racist invective the Sherman bashers posted.  Anyone claiming race has nothing to do with it is intentionally shutting his eyes to it, for it's clear as day.
  •  I saw a jackass. (0+ / 0-)

    'Black man threatening blonde.'  Give us a break.  And I truly don't give a shot how smart Sherman is, or where he got his degree.

    Jerome H. Corsi, Ph.D., got his from Harvard.

    I have to say, applying all these excuses to Sherman is just ... wrong.  

    •  No excuses. (2+ / 0-)
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      It the game football.  If it's too intense for you, don't watch it.

      This black man was NOT, I repeat was NOT, NOT, NOT, threatening that reporter, but the knee jerk reactions ASSumed that is exactly what he was doing.

      That's their ignorance, but I have no problems with his rant.

      And this kid has done a lot of stuff off the field that would put Mr. Corsi to shame so you can keep that analogy to yourself.

  •  ya know (0+ / 0-)

    For years Rivers (QB) loved to trash talk the Broncos..and well we know how that played out when he acted like a schoolboy toward his center in the play-off.
       Tom Brady? Broncos took care of him.
    We just saw each as another arrogant asshole athlete. Richard Sherman the same.. and if you saw "a little bit" of Ali? Really? and... remember it was NOT Sherman who stopped the touchdown by deflecting it. It was deflected right into his hands...

    We will see on Feb. 2nd..

    Peyton Manning does it all on the field and his greatness extends to his off field humility..

    "Omaha! Omaha!"  P. Manning

  •  If something like this happened (4+ / 0-)

    at the end of a chess tournament or a spelling bee, I might be mildly amused - not shocked - mildly amused. But for chrissake... football?

    I remember people saying a lot of the same things when Ali, then Clay, talked some shit on Sonny Liston. It was all part of the show, and it was a good show... Your sport may require you to beat the crap out of your opponent, but whatever you do don't be rude.

    It always seems impossible until its done. -Nelson Mandela

    by chuckvw on Wed Jan 22, 2014 at 01:09:47 PM PST

  •  Sherman is a talented player who lost his cool (4+ / 0-)
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    after being taunted by a player on the other team (that his team beat).  Unfortunately, I suspect Mr Crabtree is getting the last laugh for his unsportsmanlike behavior toward Mr Sherman, however, feeling he outsmarted the guy whose team actually beat his.  Wide receivers, safeties, cornerbacks, etc generally have the highest IQs on football teams (followed by QB and the defensive QBs - the middle linebackers.  I will deny I know anything about football, however.)

    Sherman is a very smart man, a bright man, a thoughtful man, a man who has, in many ways, epitomized what we would want in our "star" athletes - a man who really seems to care about expanding opportunities for youngsters.  

    He lost his cool toward Crabtree and his emotion was expressed in front of Erin Andrews who seem surprised but not fazed by his emotion.  She seemed a little like "Uh, okay, dude, now back to you in the studio".  That the right wing and those racists who view all black men as thugs latched on to this as something emblematic of blackness rather than of maleness or hyper-competitiveness or personal emotion is about their racism.  

    Was Mr Sherman a "bad sport" for still being angry at Crabtree?  No, he just got suckered by a worse sport (Crabtree) and then sucker punched by haters waiting on the sidelines.  In my opinion.

    Frankly, this is why I like solitary walking.  

    "Out of Many, One Nation." This is the great promise of the United States of America -9.75 -6.87

    by Uncle Moji on Wed Jan 22, 2014 at 01:13:30 PM PST

    •  He didn't lose his cool. (1+ / 0-)
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      He was still fired up and Fox news got the 'story' they wanted.

      If the NFL don't want their players to rant 2 seconds after finishing a play, then they need to require media to stay away for a required cooling down period.

      •  And Richard Sherman created the image he (0+ / 0-)

        wanted...as a badass receiver not to be messed with.

        How valuable will that be when he's up for free agency in 2015?

        He's still in his "cheap" out of college contract.  The next one is the biggie and he's smart enough to know it.

        All these people hate him for saying how good he is, except all of us Seattle fans who love him.

        How many teams would love to have him with that image?

        He's a Stanford grad with a degree in communications.  He's a businessman and a philanthropist.  And a badass receiver with a chip on his shoulder for only being taken 5th round in the NFL draft.  He's setting it all up for a big fat contract that will wash away that chip.

        I admire him for playing the game.

        If you took the greed out of Wall Street all you’d have left is pavement ~Robert Reich

        by k8dd8d on Wed Jan 22, 2014 at 10:33:37 PM PST

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  •  U mad Bro? (2+ / 0-)
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    Did not know about the genesis of this until this controversey. That is that Brady--America's golden boy--was trash talking Sherman and Earl Thomas at halftime.

    Just like everything, the media dictates what the important story is.

     Sherman was amped. Was he a bully? Was he a jerk? Maybe. But is he a thug?    

    Keep fightin' for freedom and justice, beloveds, but don't you forget to have fun doin' it. Lord, let your laughter ring forth. Be outrageous, ridicule the fraidy-cats, rejoice in all the oddities that freedom can produce.---Molly Ivins

    by never forget 2000 on Wed Jan 22, 2014 at 01:21:56 PM PST

  •  Sometimes we do or say things . . . (5+ / 0-)

    in the heat of the moment when in hindsight we probably shouldn't have. He was being a complete jackass.  That tends to happen, especially in sports.

    But with some of the reaction that Sherman has received, you'd think he had pimp slapped Erin Andrews and killed a puppy.

    Sherman is not a thug. And his character and who he is as a person shouldn't be judged based on a 45 second interview right after a highly contested and emotional football game. And we can't discount the role that race and how society views black males plays in the reaction to Sherman.

    •  Good comment. (1+ / 0-)
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      The NFL has some truly bad guys playing in it.

      I can think of more than a few.

      According to a database compiled by U-T San Diego, 31 NFL players have been arrested since the Super Bowl in February 2013. During the 2012 off-season, according to an article on the If It Ain't Steel website, 31 players and a cheerleader were involved in criminal activity in nearly the same time period; with Time reporting that player infractions are rising 75 percent year after year in the NFL.
      http://www.examiner.com/...

      But Richard Sherman dared to be a black dude -- and the dreads make him extra scary! -- who ranted about a rivalry he has with another player on camera.

      He didnt use profanity, didnt make threats. He was just kind an overblown ego that quickly cooled off.

      He should be fired, fined and kicked out of the league, just like that probable rapist QB from Pitt.. Oh wait, that guy is white, isn't he?

      /eyeroll

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    •  Well, didn't you hear? (0+ / 0-)

      He did slap Erin Andrews and killed a puppy!!!!!

      Well, it was same thing anyways.....

  •  There are really two issues here... (7+ / 0-)

    maybe more. But the two issues I see are:

    1.) When you play a game that is based on aggression and physical force; a game that comes with a culture that encourages and rewards rowdy behavior in its fans and players (and I'm not talking about Sherman's background; I'm talking about football culture and all that it entails), is it really surprising that players trash talk each other and that behavior continues off the field? Do I like it or condone it? Not really which is why I rarely if ever watch football. Am I the least bit surprised....hardly.

    Society condones this gladiator mentality from the time a kid plays in the Pee Wee league and we're then surprised when someone is uncivil?

    2.) Is there a double standard when this behavior is exhibited by black players vs white players? Rhetorical question. If anyone doubts it, please explain the immediate and abundant racial slurs that were used against Sherman. Those who don't think race is very much a part of this, ask yourselves: Why is it so easy to go there? Was it his words that people decried or was it who said them and what he looked like?

    Was every criticism levied at him racially motivated, no. But the amount and force that were is far more concerning to me  than a guy who is paid to be an aggressive athlete acting like one. It ain't high tea.

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    by Vita Brevis on Wed Jan 22, 2014 at 01:28:28 PM PST

  •  I hear the rant, but wasn't watching it .... (0+ / 0-)

    I was surfing the net and the TV was to my back, but it sounded to me that he was watching a little too much wrestling ... I don't think I remembered what he said because it was the way he said it that dominated the interview.

  •  I had no problem with Sherman's "rant". (1+ / 0-)
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    Look, the game was only minutes past; and it was an intense, emotional game.  Players on the field need to have heir heads, hearts, and minds in places during that game that allow them to play at a top level.  To expect someone as intense as Sherman to simply switch it off as soon as the whistle blew is ridiculous.

    Sherman was keyed up, and Andrews gave him an outlet to let it go.  Frankly, I think if you interview a player in that situation, you're going to get attitudes and language like we saw.  BFD IMO.

    You can't spell CRAZY without R-AZ.

    by rb608 on Wed Jan 22, 2014 at 01:43:46 PM PST

  •  Wow. (0+ / 0-)

    This is the first I've heard of it and (obviously) the first I've seen the clip, and after your setup -- that's IT? This is what people are getting on their behavioral high horses over throughout the comments and presumably hurling more overt racism elsewhere?  (I'll take you're word for it.)

    That's ... nothing.  Beyond nothing.   Should be worth no comment other than maybe for fans of the teams to argue who actually owning whom and in what manner during and after the play.

    Nothing.

    I agree with you, I've rarely seen the level of moralizing even that's been evidenced here over anything so small as a bit of post-play trash talking (or was it anger over trash talking actually.  Anyway.  Sorry, I'm exhausted and tending to forget what I've heard 30 seconds after I heard it.)  Or well, that's not quite true.  Heavily tattooed black basketball players' mere existence comes to mind.  So do mostly-black players' end-zone dances, before those were banned.  There is a theme there, this is not imagination.

    People still cannot handle young, male, black, lower-class and in your face, no matter the context I think.  Your Ali comparison is apt.

  •  Can I offer the perspective of a non-watcher? (1+ / 0-)
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    I'm still half-wondering what any of this is all about. I did not watch the game. I never do; football doesn't interest me. I did see, on multiple subsequent newscasts, a small snippet of what I knew was a post-game interview with a player who blasted some words into the microphone. My first thought was simply, "Wow!"

    I did not catch many of the words he said, mostly because he was saying them so fast and so loud. I did catch that he was really pissed off, causing me to think he was on the team that lost - which, in turn, caused me more confusion when I found out he was on the team that won.

    I still don't know what he said. I don't know if that would matter to me, since it seems (by this author's description) his words were directly related to an opposing player in the game that had just ended.

    I didn't think he was yelling at the woman with the microphone; I thought he was yelling at all of the people to whom his words were being broadcast.

  •  One half to 2/3rds of these people (1+ / 0-)
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    will suffer irrecovable brain injury, and we have a problem with this?

    Strange, strange stuff!!

  •  Here's Chris Hayes's tweet... (1+ / 0-)
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    "Like I said, one of the most dynamic, charismatic compelling professional athletes playing today" http://t.co/sDzlcOasOQ

    — Christopher Hayes (@chrislhayes) January 23, 2014 ">

    Here's the segment directly, in which Sherman talks about the hypocritical nature of being called a thug, which apparently was uttered on tv 625 times the day after the game.

    Richard Sherman Explains What People Mean When They Call Him A "Thug"

    very cool.

  •  I love Sherm! (1+ / 0-)
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    There isn't a team in this league that wouldn't want him in their locker room. Not just because of his play but his infectious, positive attitude. This diary is, of course, spot on as to the basis of the reaction and the media's decision to present it with no context. America was basically told to be outraged. Sherman was mic'd up during the game. Anyone who chooses to watch the SoundFX version of the replay will understand and appreciate his fired up way of playing.

    Go Hawks!

    ;-)

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    by Coss on Wed Jan 22, 2014 at 09:07:02 PM PST

  •  Here's a really good video (1+ / 0-)
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    of Sherman as a student of the game. This was made before all of the stuff that happened on Sunday.  

    I think if those who think badly of him take the time to watch it, you will see something entirely different.  He's a very, very smart man, and he's crafting the image that he wants.

    Linky

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    by k8dd8d on Wed Jan 22, 2014 at 10:26:56 PM PST

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