Amy Donaldson: Richard Sherman's rant should make us re-evaluate our acceptance of unsportsmanlike behavior

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  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    Jan. 29, 2014 2:07 p.m.

    Sherman is the best cornerback in the NFL; based on interceptions over the last 3 years, 2 years and this year. Whether he says it or not; that's a fact. The stastics don't lie; nor do the numbers.

  • grouchyoldman Arden, NC
    Jan. 28, 2014 5:09 p.m.

    My Dad told me that if you had to tell people you were the boss then maybe you were't. Do you think that if Sherman was the best that he would have to yell on national television?

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    Jan. 28, 2014 7:23 a.m.

    @ BostonLDS

    Here! Here! Amen Bro!

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    Jan. 28, 2014 7:23 a.m.

    I'm so tired of the Peyton Manning Poppa Johns commercials. Time for the Seahawks to win the Super Bowl. Hopefully the fix won't be on like it was in 2005. Richard Sherman for President.

    Go Seahawks!

  • BostonLDS Salt lake City, UT
    Jan. 27, 2014 4:05 p.m.

    Sherman will prove that his talk matches his talent when the Seahawks beat the Broncos this Sunday! Woo!

  • mr. loco spanish fork, UT
    Jan. 27, 2014 2:11 p.m.

    I get frustrated reading the newspaper in Utah because it is so dang conservative. I see people talking about the behavior of professional athletes in the papers, but I see reporters writing about Utah High School and college sports in an inappropriate manner as well. Really we want to refer to BYU and Utah opponents as "The Enemy's Sideline". We are teaching kids that opponents are enemies. First of all...give the guy a break. He is a competitor and every competitor experiences defeat; so he will have his day. Second, lets try to expand our minds beyond the zion curtain. I grew up in Southern California and behavior like this is very common in some individuals. I don't condone it, and I'm definitely not going to let my kids act like that in competitive situations. This is why boxing isn't popular anymore...Because there is no more charisma in the sport. This is why professional wrestling has survived all these years, and also why MMA is becoming so popular. People like to see other people act a fool. Go Hawks!

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Jan. 27, 2014 1:45 p.m.

    this whole thing is overblown. Sherman is the best corner in the game - period. Trash talking goes on every play in the NFL and Sherman should not have been interviewed right after the play - the fault is with the reporter and she even admits it. Players motors are running too hot after a play like that and to go shove a mic in his face isn't fair to the player. Sherman is actually a great person and even the text of comments weren't vulgar or anything close to it. Much to do about nothing.

    Jan. 27, 2014 1:34 p.m.

    There your go says: His chosen forum for the rant was not on the sideline or in the locker room but at the end of the game where winners are supposed to graciously accept their victory while congratulating their opponents.

    Why does Richard Sherman make me think of Max Hall?

  • RockOn Spanish Fork, UT
    Jan. 27, 2014 12:24 p.m.

    Cool it on trashing Sherman. The guy had just made a huge play, was high on adreneline, won the game and some announcer shoves a microphone in his face seconds later. It's exactly what the media was after and now they perpetuate their sensationalistic approach by beatin' on the guy. Hypocrits. Sherman is NOT a thug. He's intelligent but doing just what you and I would do if we were hyper excited -- saying things we wouldn't say otherwise.

  • baddog Cedar Rapids, IA
    Jan. 27, 2014 12:08 p.m.

    We're told the animosity began a year ago at a benefit golf event. So, Mr. Sherman has had some time to see the issue gain momentum.

    His "enemy" or maybe antagonist happened to be his opponent on the field. Anyone who has played football knows that big games bring out big doses of adrenalin and excitement. It's not hard to get lost in the moment especially after the instance of the game saving play.

    Unfortunately, I have memory of similar inappropriate sound-offs as a young man (not in such an event as an NFL football game) but in enough situations I wish I oould go back and change.

    But I can't. So, I cut trash talkers some slack and look at it as no big deal. I don't wish either the Broncos or the Seahawks any ill will. It's just another game where the team ahead at the final gun gets the prize.

  • Lyle Springville, UT
    Jan. 27, 2014 12:01 p.m.

    Imagine what sports would be like if there was a requirement that both teams sit down to dinner after the game, after cooling off and cleaning up. Would you behave differently in a game if that player that tackled you might be passing you the potatoes that evening?

  • AJC Eden, UT
    Jan. 27, 2014 9:12 a.m.

    The first athlete I ever hear trash talk about an opponent and bragging about yourself was Muhammad Ali. It was unique, but off-putting at the time. Then Dionne Sanders seem to take self-focus to the next level. The passing of civility among competitors was sad then and sadder now. Whatever happened to class athletes like Lou Gehrig, Hank Aaron, Bart Starr, et. al.? I initially assumed it was the natural consequence of big money in professional sports. However, the need for special attention now seen at all levels of organized team sports. Recently during a HS sophomore football game warm-up I was appalled to see the quarterback and a receiver rehearsing their scoring celebration routine. Ironically, their team was so poor they never got to celebrate! It doesn't matter whether fans approve it or not, it showsa lack of graciousness and gratitude. Totally classless!

  • Snark Provo, UT
    Jan. 27, 2014 8:57 a.m.

    Guys like Sherman are about showmanship. Like Cassius Clay, a ranting athlete, shouting "I am the greatest" has always drawn a crowd to watch the performance. Mohammed Ali did more for the sport of professional boxing than any other boxer. People who were previously ambivalent toward the sport would tune in either because they liked the brash bravado, or because they hoped to see Ali humbled. Meanwhile promoters and sponsors rode the wave to the bank. Sherman is not profane, and people who don't even like football will watch now hoping to either catch more showmanship or to watch him eat his words. The NFL (and all sports) loves such an ambassador for the game. Love him or hate him you'll find yourself watching him. Great job of branding Richard. That Stanford education is paying off.

  • TMR Los Angeles, CA
    Jan. 27, 2014 8:49 a.m.

    Sherman's behavior was immature (and genuine), but it pales in comparison to poor sportsmanship that is exhibited in brawls in hockey and baseball. In terms of moral depravity, it does not even come close to the behavior exhibited by the NE Patriots' coach, a confirmed cheater, but who seems to get a free pass because of the way he looks, acts, and speaks. Yes, sportsmanship is always a worthy topic for discussion, but this article, like so many others I have read recently, looks for the easy target - Sherman - without really digging deeper into sports culture and all of its incongruities.

  • Tuffy Parker Salem, UT
    Jan. 27, 2014 8:28 a.m.

    In a way, Sherman is brilliant. He seized the moment to put himself front and center - he's garnered as much ink as the Super Bowl itself. How much of the initial act was calculated and how much is simple narcissism is hard to judge but he's certainly capitalized on it.

    That said, I abhor the buffoonish behavior and hope that Manning picks him apart.

  • romeisn'tburning layton, ut
    Jan. 27, 2014 8:11 a.m.

    I can't wait for someone to serve Richard Sherman a cold slice of humble pie. It may not be Peyton on Sunday, but he should rest assured it will happen. I agree that his "on Field character" has become so strong, that it is beginning to overpower him off the field, and he certainly acted like a child after the game. Most of the greats have much better PR and communications skills. Imagine if he could act like an adult and said "Wow, what an amazing game. It was great to make a play like that. Hats off to the 9ers, that's a really good football team and we are lucky we beat them." If he continues with the trend he will find himself as one of the most hated players in the league.

  • pleblian salt lake city, utah
    Jan. 27, 2014 8:02 a.m.

    Amy Donaldson want the product but not what it produces.

    Sherman was just fine. Everyone who actually cares about Sherman's dramatics needs to get a life. Don't like his outbursts? Don't watch the game or buy his jersey.

  • There You Go Again Saint George, UT
    Jan. 27, 2014 7:59 a.m.

    What Sherman did speaks so loudly...

    I can't hear what he/his family or his friends say about him not being a thug/villain.

    His chosen forum for the rant was not on the sideline or in the locker room but at the end of the game where winners are supposed to graciously accept their victory while congratulating their opponents.

    I realize the sentence above might be a dated social convention for some...

    But not for me.

    I'm not a Bronco fan...

    But I will be a Bronco fan Sunday.

  • Shuzzie53 HAYWARD, CA
    Jan. 27, 2014 7:03 a.m.

    I SO want Denver to win. And then everybody ignore Sherman after the game.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    Jan. 27, 2014 5:44 a.m.

    I find the whole thing rather funny. I actually have little issue with what Sherman said or did. It was rather refreshing compared to the canned sports responses we get ad nauseam, and was a rather tame version of what is seen and heard on the sidelines of sports on a daily biases. We need look no further excuses given Incagnito after that story broke.

    You will hear worse language along the sidelines of any given high school game on any given Friday night. It is ironic that the media is running with this when worse behavior is seen on TV from 7 to 9 nightly on TV. We have a country in Ukraine that is on the brink of unraveling - where we have hundreds of missionaries serving... and Richard Sherman is the news DN thinks is news worthy. I love football.... but really? This is still monday morning news a week after?

  • grouchyoldman Arden, NC
    Jan. 27, 2014 4:53 a.m.

    Coach Lombardi said: " Winning isn't everything it's the only thing . . . But the object is to win fairly squarely and by the rules". Enough said.

  • Seahawk_Sam Auburn, WA
    Jan. 26, 2014 11:24 p.m.

    10CC, Skip Bayless does not qualify as a "reporter." He hasn't qualified as a "reporter" for over a decade. Sherman never has any trouble being friendly, except when people blatantly disrespect him. Way before Sherman said what he did to Bayless, Bayless said Sherman made him dislike the Seahawks. Bayless was only saying that because Sherman taunted his favorite player, Tom Brady, but he conveniently ignored all the junk Brady was saying to Sherman that Sheman said started the whole thing. I think a lot of people don't realize (either because they don't want to or because they are too lazy to actually investigate for themselves), Sherman's outbursts at players/media is always retaliatory. That doesn't necessarily excuse it, but let's stop pretending certain people don't deserve what they get from him.

  • Dr. Thom Long Beach, CA
    Jan. 26, 2014 10:20 p.m.

    He's a football player, he's not suppose to be familiar with English syntax

  • Red San Antonia, TX
    Jan. 26, 2014 9:54 p.m.

    Funny how America is broke, but everyone keeps throwing all their money to these guys. Whether they are the best in the league or not. Who cares?

    America, Get to work. Turn the tv off. Read a book. Make your future better.

    Turn your attention elsewhere.

  • 10CC Bountiful, UT
    Jan. 26, 2014 9:18 p.m.

    Sherman's problem is that his "on-field character" he has a hard time turning off once the game is done. He was on an ESPN show, and the reporter was probing his statement that he's the best cornerback in the NFL, and when the question got a little uncomfortable, Sherman went on offense and said that he was actually a better *person* than the reporter is, because he's All-Pro and accomplished this at a young age.

    Sherman is very, very smart, doesn't swear, in many ways he's role model for tons of kids, but his Achilles heel is his mouth. There is easily available footage of a player coming up after a game and punching him in the face, unprovoked. In my experience, these things don't happen for no reason, Sherman's been in who-know-how-many verbal altercations with players all over the league that are just completely unnecessary.

    There are plenty of players who are passionate, who will talk trash with the other players, and then there is Richard Sherman, who is coming off more as a competitor to Ronald McDonald than being a football player.