Slavery Much? On Racism in the NFL, Richard Sherman, and Hypocrisy

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  • John Montes De Oca

    When I saw this live I couldn’t help but chuckle and enjoy it. Isn’t football just suppose to be entertaining? People put more thought into what athletes say instead of their politicians. What most people will never know and you didn’t mention is that Sherman is actually highly educated and went to Stanford. Growing up he always had to prove himself and this outburst is just an extension of that. That guy has done well for himself and in the heat of the moment exclaimed that. Can we talk about Peyton Manning’s giant head instead?

    • GreenInOC

      @John, the statement “People put more thought into what athletes say instead of their politicians.”, is so true and so devastatingly sad!

    • Dionne

      So true!

  • Dionne

    I agree whole-heartedly! It’s one thing to hate a player after he completely dismantles your team. It’s another thing entirely to derides a man’s reputation, based on a one-dimensional-30-second-post-game-interview. Interestingly, when emotions are high, it is so hard to keep bias in check. Sherman critics quickly characterized him as a “thug” because that image is the only one viewers could retrieve from the cache of black images stored in their brains. It’s a context that viewers brought to the interview. As they watched their television screens, their brains went into overdrive retrieving mental images that matched what their eyes absorbed. “Thug” willfully emerged. The truth is, Sherman is far from that. Countless other images of the man have long before circled the Internet prior to this sideline interview aired. Yet, somehow, most were unable to contrast this thug image against other countervailing interviews. The truth is, Sherman is a very complex man.

  • GreenInOC

    For people who insist that this game is safe, I would ask that you watch Head Games (it’s streaming on Netflix).

    I also heard this opinion piece yesterday that I liked, http://www.marketplace.org/topics/life/why-im-saying-goodbye-nfl

  • GreenInOC

    Saw “Schooled: The Price of College Sports” on Netflix last night and thought of you and this post.