If there is any player the media wishes to hear voice their opinion of the NFL’s proposed ban-and-penalty of player’s using the n-word and other racial slurs, it’s Richard Sherman.
The reigning Super Bowl champ was in the mix with Sport Illustrated’s Peter King yesterday, March 3 and he definitely didn’t hold back his feelings on the far-fetched notion of snatching away a player’s freedom of speech in the heat of the gridiron battle, no matter how offensive it may be deemed.
“It’s an atrocious idea,” said Sherman tells King in a statement. “It’s almost racist, to me. It’s weird they’re targeting one specific word. Why wouldn’t all curse words be banned then?”
Sherman shared a very same sentiment for the media’s usage of the word “thug,” after his passionate post-game interview went viral, prompting critics to liken his brash commentary with a common street hoodlum’s actions. He said it was a sly way term for reporters to disguise using the N-word in their writeups and broadcasts.
The self-proclaimed and widely undisputed best cornerback in the NFL wasn’t naive to the fact that there wasn’t a lot of targeted bigotry on the field, either. He was quick to point out the n-word ending in “-ar” is the one that is tolerable amongst Black players saying, “It’s in the locker room and on the field at all times. I hear it almost every series out there on the field.”
Fritz Pollard Alliance leader John Wooten has been campaigning with NFL’s Competition Committee to impose a 15-yard penalty on teams with players who mouth off racial slurs during gameplay, although no official action has been taken just yet.
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