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Published: Monday, Jan. 27 2014 3:30 p.m. MST

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Thriller
Saint George, UT

Agree. It was also sad to see him pull the race card.

I will say, however, that I kind of like his rant. I like it because it turns him into a bad guy. I'm bored with all the cut and paste interviews in sports these days. It's fun sometimes to go back to the Reggie Miller-Spike Lee days.

You can bet everyone is going to be watching Sherman and Crabtree the next time the Seahawks play the 49ers.

Spokane Ute
Spokane, WA

Richard Sherman for President!

TMR
Los Angeles, CA

Jason, leave him alone. There are personalities in sports who have done far worse. Have you thought about writing an article on the NE Patriots who showed a stunning lack of integrity by cheating "on the field?" Sherman's rant was immature, but it pales in comparison. What Sherman means is that the measure of his character is bigger than what goes on during a game, but you and others cannot resist piling it on because he has not apologized the right way.

joe5
South Jordan, UT

I have to admit that TMR's logic completely escapes me. "Some people have done worse so it's okay." Really? When did we as a society start to measure our actions by the worst of us instead of the best of us.

This is not an isolated case.

Violence is acceptable in movies and television because, after all, some other movie has shown worse.

A major pillar of the SSM movement is that traditional marriage has really gone downhill so SSM should be okay.

Public profanity laced tirades are shrugged off because "you can hear worse in high school hallways."

When one argues, it's common to point to the faults of his adversary as an excuse of his own behavior.

Obamacare supporters often use the argument that previous plans have also been bad so its okay that this one is bad.

This mentality is everywhere. We used to strive to be compared to the best our society has to offer but now we rationalize our bad behavior by comparing it to the worst examples we can find.

Sherman was wrong. Plain and simple. Please don't make excuses for him simply because others have been wrong before.

PenPal
United States, NM

Think again. We want soldiers to be have one way on the battlefield and another way in the barracks and another way in their bungalows. So, too, with athletes. We want them competitive on the playing field and civil off the field.

My hope is that writers like this one, who invoke such a bizarre standard in the case of this man and this athlete, will apply it to other men and athletes--and see how stupid it is. In fact, this writer does not apply it to other men and athletes. I have no doubt about the motivation for disparate applications.

TMR
Los Angeles, CA

Joe5, if you read my comment again you will notice that I did not condone Sherman's statements. I simply provide context, something which seems to escape those who are blowing this episode completely out of proportion. For example, you conflate Sherman somehow with Obamacare. Wow. Case closed.

joe5
South Jordan, UT

PenPal: "We want ...??" Speak for yourself. That may be what you want but not me. I don't want soldiers who use war as an excuse to rape, murder, steal, use drugs, or otherwise leave behind their humanity.

The soldiers I know aren't like that. They have been an asset to the countries in which they have served. Just one example is Kerry, a helicopter pilot who served in Afghanistan. While he served overseas, his wife started Angels for Afghanistan who shipped tons of clothing and other supplies to give to the people who lived there. Kerry and his unit delivered those goods. Once, as they flew over one of the villages, the villagers all laid on their backs and waved their feet in the air, feet shod with shoes provided by their American friends.

The stories of goodness by American soldiers is almost endless. Medical services and supplies, clothing, toys, food, and even personal friendship are shared constantly, almost always without media attention.

I want my soldiers, and my athletes, to be men of honor and to have their actions be an extension of their goodness, not some evil alter-ego to whom we turn a blind eye.

joe5
South Jordan, UT

TMR: So, am I mistaken? Did you not say: "leave him alone. There are personalities in sports who have done far worse."

Maybe you had a hard time distinguishing the message from the examples, some of which were minor and some of which were more significant. But the message was that, somewhere along the line, our society has decided to accept the lowest common denominator as a standard for acceptable behavior. Isn't that exactly what your comment above does? Did you not seek to excuse Sherman's behavior because others "have done far worse?"

So why is it unfair for other people posting on here to view his actions on their own merits? Why do you feel the need to tell them to "leave him alone?" What value does your comment have unless you have a better reason to question their judgment than the fact that others have done worse? I certainly didn't see any other rationale in you comments. That seems pretty lame to me.

sergio
Phoenix, AZ

American pro -football players are the modern day gladiators, they are savages. Good manners would only weaken them and set them up for failure an defeat.

joe5
South Jordan, UT

sergio: I think you're wrong. I think most professional athletes (including football players) are decent human beings. I think the ones that get the most attention are the punks or, in your terms, the savages.

Why do they get the attention? It's the same kind of morbid curiosity that makes us gawk as we drive by a horrible car accident. What bothers me is that some in our society seem to get some kind of perverse pleasure in gawking at these displays of unnatural human behavior. They not only excuse them but are entertained by them and applaud them. It's sad to act that way. It's pathetic to be a fan of it.

Debbie Bell
Provo, UT

Sherman acted like a jerk after the conference championship game, not only in the sideline interview when he was all hyped up, but later on in the media session when he'd had time to cool down. He was still jawing about Crabtree: it came across as very classless. However that certainly doesn't totally condemn him as a human being. Everyone makes mistakes, and this guy obviously has a lot of the ball in terms of intellect as well as playing ability. I think it *is* time to move on, and judge him by actions overall.
And just as far as 'playing the race card' that's a valid complaint sometimes but not in this case IMO. It's not 'playing the race card' to note your disappointment that thousands of anonymous losers on the internet called you the n-word, or otherwise obviously had it in for you because of your color, even if you were acting like a jerk. And is anyone really denying that happened? (and still happens all the time). And the defense of 'oh well black people are racist also' doesn't cut it. Two wrongs don't make a right.

let's roll
LEHI, UT

I learned a lot from his comments. They were honest and enlightening. They provided real insight into how an elite athlete prepares to play one of the most difficult positions in football. There are 50 athletes at his position with his physical skills so his mental approach is a large part of what sets him apart.

Ironically, sports media bemoans what programmed/non-responsive answers they get from most athlete and rightfully so. Payton Manning and Tom Brady provide no real insight as to how they mentally prepare for a game.

Thus, to me the only thing offensive about Sherman's comments are they way they're being handled by the media. They finally get a candid insight into a player's mindset and they vilify him for it.

Who could blame Sherman if he decides in the future to parrot the "we take it one game at a time and respect all of our opponents" nonsense athletes are programmed to use with the media.

Anyone who plays sports knows that players and coaches are always looking for ways to make each game and match up personal...Sherman just explained how he did that with the 49ers and Crabtree.

10CC
Bountiful, UT

Sherman plays with a chip on his shoulder and is very vocal. He just forgot to turn it off after the game, and he has a history of having and cultivating grudges.

The unsportsmanlike penalty was because he and Crabtree have a history that goes back to the summer. Trent Williams of the Redskins punched him in the mouth *after* a game, which was itself very wrong, but it reveals how Sherman provokes that kind of reaction.

He's only 24 and will undoubtedly find that being a corner involves getting beat, a lot.

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