In the days leading up to Super Bowl XLVIII between the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks, fiery cornerback Richard Sherman has already received more attention than necessary in a team effort. According to USA TODAY Sports on Jan. 22, Sherman held a press conference where he addressed his actions following the NFC Championship Game.
Following Sunday’s victory by the Seahawks over the San Francisco 49ers, Sherman called receiver Michael Crabtree a “sorry receiver” in a post-game interview by Fox’s Erin Andrews. The comments have caused national reaction and have some labeling Richard Sherman as a thug.
The Seahawks top cornerback addressed issues that resulted in his emotional outburst by apologizing for taking attention away from his teammates. He regretted that the interview with Andrews went the way that it did.
Sherman also took the time to address a deeper issue. He felt that being labeled a “thug” has a racial connotation associated with it and he believed the word is now an “accepted way of calling somebody the n word.”
“It’s like everyone else said the N-word and they said ‘Thug’ and they’re like ‘Ah, that’s fine.’ That’s where it kind of takes me aback and it’s kind of disappointing.”
What is not disappointing is the play of Richard Sherman. The more he plays on the level that he is playing, the louder his words are going to sound. Does that mean he is a “thug” or just a guy who has fought his way off the streets of Compton onto a national stage where he is just one dream away from fulfilling a dream.
But in the NFL, sometimes words communicate there loudest on the field with plays that Sherman ended the NFC Championship game with. In other words, that’s really the only talking he needed to do.