Yes, Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman appeared extremely arrogant during his postgame interview with Fox correspondent Erin Andrews. And yes, Sherman made an infelicitous remark about San Francisco 49ers receiver Michael Crabtree.
But, arrogance and ignorance does not make someone a thug.
Apparently, I’m in the minority about that since Sherman continues to trend worldwide since his infamous postgame interview aired on live television. Albeit I don’t care about being in the minority, I do care about double standards. And I see a double standard being applied in the Sherman debacle.
For instance, Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan told the Carolina Panthers, “…Get the f**k off our field…” on live television, following his team’s 21-20 loss to the Panthers in Week 17 matchup in Atlanta. And for the past two seasons, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has cussed out his Offensive Coordinator and teammates on live television. Oh, and I would be remiss to add that Brady also cussed the referees following the Patriots 24-20 loss to the Panthers. And, Brady didn’t shake Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton’s hand.
Despite their unsportsmanlike shenanigans on the field, neither Ryan nor Brady garnered as much press time as Sherman has to date. And considering the Super Bowl is around the corner, I expect to see Sherman’s name continue to trend on social media and be a conversation point for sports networks.
But again, why all the hysteria over Sherman’s inability to mince words during an emotional time? How is Sherman’s rude comment about Crabtree akin to Ryan and Brady blurting expletives on live television? I mean, surely we’re not saying it’s wrong to belittle a rival on live television but okay to use profanity on live television… Please tell me that’s not what is going on, because it sure does feel that way based on the backlash to Sherman’s emotional rant.
Fact of the matter is Sherman deflected a pass intended for Crabtree in the end zone during the final minute of regulation, which bounced into the hands of Seahawks linebacker Malcolm Smith. That play sealed the 23-17 win over the visiting 49ers and propelled the Seahawks into a matchup with the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl.
Now think about that… Sherman had made one of the best plays of his career and was quite emotional. While I’m not condoning Sherman’s postgame tirade, I’m also not going to label him a thug when there are others in the league (i.e. Ryan and Brady) who have acted out irrationally because they were emotional.
Hey, I’m just calling it like I see it. And if you don’t see it… Well, the next time a non-black athlete acts unreasonably on the field, ask yourself if they’re acting like thugs.
By the way, is anyone tired of seeing the brawl that happened within the first minute of the game between the Canucks and Calgary Flames?
Yeah, that’s what I thought…
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