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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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, 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.
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
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.
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.
Richard Sherman for President!
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.