Richard Sherman goes on postgame rant with Erin Andrews (video)
By Cindy Boren
Here’s a transcript:
“I’m the best corner in the game! When you try me with a sorry receiver like Crabtree, that’s the result you’re going to get. Don’t you ever talk about me.” When Andrews asked who was talking about him, he replied, “Crabtree. Don’t you open your mouth about the best, or I’ll shut it for you real quick. LOB [Legion of Boom]!”
Dumb People Say Stupid, Racist Shit About Richard Sherman
Racist Rants About Seattle Seahawk Richard Sherman
Richard Sherman: Rant was 'immature,' reaction 'mind-boggling'
By Lateef Mungin and Steve Almasy, CNN
"You know, I don't mean to attack him. And that was immature and I probably shouldn't have done that. I regret doing that."
But then, Sherman turned the spotlight on to him, making himself the victim, defending his actions and saying that what he regretted most was the way the media covered his rant.
He also said he was shocked by some of the racists responses he received.
"It was really mind-boggling the way the world reacted," Sherman said. "I can't say the world, I don't want to generalize people like that because there are a lot of great people who didn't react that way. But for the people who did react that way and throw the racial slurs and things like that out there, it was really sad. Especially that close to Martin Luther King Day."
"I learned we haven't come as far as I thought we had," Sherman added. "I thought society had moved past that."
By Travis Waldron
Sherman is a “classless” “thug” who forgot for 30 seconds Sunday night that athletes are supposed to stick to language that would make corporate PR executives swoon. That’s the case even for an athlete like Sherman, who had a microphone in his face mere minutes after making the biggest play of his life in the biggest game of his life. There’s a code in sports that says you can’t talk smack about your opponents even if it’s what you believe, because that’s “classless” and “thuggish,” or something like that. It’s a code of dishonesty, but it’s a code Richard Sherman violated. And so Monday, he apologized.
America’s racial double standard: White celebs are excused, but black stars are “thugs”
White stars escape the judgment Richard Sherman received--even if, like Justin Bieber, they get arrested
By Beanie Barnes
Suddenly he was “classless,” a “thug” from Compton, and any manner of other negative terms that one can substitute for the N-word. Sherman was no longer human, but a racist caricature.
Black people exist in a “damned if we do, damned if we don’t” space within American conversation. If a black person does something that’s seen as negative, that negative behavior is used as yet another example of how “we” are. Negative behavior, so it goes, is just inherent in “us.”
On the flip side, if a black person achieves something positive, the positive achievement is often dismissed as either undeserved or the result of an innate gift the achiever can’t take credit for. Many people believe President Obama only got into Harvard because of affirmative action, and just as many believe he was only elected into office (twice, no less) because he is black. In sports, the success of white athletes is most often attributed to “smarts” and “hard work,” but the success of black athletes is often attributed to “natural ability” or “God-given” talent.
By Olivia A. Cole
Today Richard Sherman is being lambasted for his animated post-game interview in which he dared to express emotion outside of the cubic centimeter men of color are allotted. A cornerback in one of the most physically demanding sports in the country—after a game in which bodies were injured and crushed; after a game that required players to be helped off the field—wins a critical game and has a microphone stuck in his face. He says what he says, and suddenly the nation is clutching its pearls, tutting and making pretend-concerned remarks about sportsmanship and graciousness. Today, Tom Brady criticizes Richard Sherman for his lack of “graciousness.” Today, Richard Sherman is being called a thug, and I’m wondering what that word really means.
Does it mean foul-mouthed? After all, Tom Brady was never called a thug. Not when he got in the ref’s face when losing to the Panthers and dropped the F-bomb on national television just two months ago. What about Richie Incognito, when he called Jonathan Martin the n-word on his voicemail? That’s a foul word, isn’t it? I didn’t hear Incognito referred to as a thug either. Or does “thug” mean violent? I’m not sure. Because, despite his animation, Sherman didn’t use a single curse word. He didn’t threaten anyone’s safety or injure anyone.
The truth is, I only ever hear “thug” applied to black people. And not just adult men. A black toddler made news recently when Omaha police posted a video on their website of the child cursing and holding up his middle finger. The child was described as a thug by Omaha police, who insisted they only shared the video to show “the cycle of thuggery.” The video was posted without the knowledge or consent of the child’s mother.
The Seattle Seahawks player calls out those who demonized him for his post-game remarks
By Elias Isquith
“The only reason it bothers me is because it seems like it’s the accepted way of calling somebody the N-word nowadays,” Sherman said. “It’s like everybody else said the N-word, and then they say ‘thug.’ And that’s fine. That’s where it’s kind of, you know—it kind of takes me aback. And it’s kind of disappointing, because they know. What’s the definition of a thug, really?”
Sherman isn’t the only one who has noticed a not-so-subtle racial subtext in some of his harshest critics’ words. Forget subtext, actually—as the sports blog Deadspin has shown, much of the response to Sherman, especially on Twitter, was blatantly, unapologetically racist. But the “thug” charge has been more prominent. As Deadspin noted in a separate post, the Monday following Sherman’s post-game interview saw the word “thug” used on television 625 times, “more often than on any other day in the past three years.”
Does he have a point?
It does appear that those loudly calling every black guy a thug on television, the Internet and talk radio have found another way to denigrate, dehumanize and spew bile at black men.
When white men or white teens act out, take drugs, rape, riot, get arrested, commit mass murder and repeatedly break the law, they are never called thugs in the media.
When Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman, who came from Compton to beat the odds and attend a prestigious university like Stanford, gets pumped up on victorious excitement, adrenaline and aggression—all things football encourages—he is promptly labelled a thug. The 25-year-old’s taunting antics have even cost him a $7,875 fine.
But when teen pop idol Justin Bieber breaks the law numerous times here and abroad, racks up more than $20,000 in damages by vandalizing other people’s property, takes drugs, gets arrested, assaults people, drag races—no one in the media refers to him as a thug.
Uppity? Too bad
Finally, a columnist ties this incident to what Indians and other minorities have to deal with.
We Are Not Your Grandparents’ Minorities: The Richard Sherman Debate
By Lyle Jacobs
For more on the subject, see The Rage of Angry White Men and "Defund Obamacare" = "Nigger, Nigger."