The NFL infamously carries a nickname twisting its acronym as the “No Fun League.” An acronym that’s one largely championed by the players who help make it North America’s no. 1 professional sport.
Whether it’s cutting off particular touchdown celebrations to preventing players from endorsing personal gadgets, the strict policies put into play usually get more disparaging remarks from disgruntled employees throughout the course of a season.
Leave it to Richard Sherman to create a new way to speak out against the Roger Goodell’s totalitarian empire. During a press conference-turned-satire yesterday, November 25, Sherman and teammate Doug Baldwin (and his cardboard Subway endorsing cutout) awkwardly–yet effectively reigned down a load of snark in front of highly entertained reporters.
Via NBC Sports:
The point of their performance seemed to be that whatever they said – real or satirical – it would not be a violation of the league’s media policy on speaking with reporters.
“The other day Marshawn Lynch got fined $100,000. Did you know that, $100,000?” Sherman said. “And it’s like they wouldn’t have paid him $100,000 if he had talked. If he had spoken, Doug do you think they would have paid him $100,000?”
Baldwin responded, “No, they sure wouldn’t have.”
The duo spoke for about 2 1/2 minutes ahead of Thursday’s NFC championships game rematch against San Francisco. Baldwin hid behind a cutout of himself, with Sherman standing to the side of the podium and taking the lead as the pair bantered.
Sherman immediately mentioned his endorsement deal with Beats by Dre. The league has an agreement with Bose.
The league has told players they cannot wear unauthorized equipment until 90 minutes after the completion of games. San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick was fined earlier this year for wearing Beats headphones during a postgame news conference.
“The league doesn’t let me say anything about them. Why is that?” Sherman asked.
Baldwin’s response: “I don’t know. Sounds kind of hypocritical to me.”
The two rebellious Seahawks also criticized the league for preaching player safety for fining heavily for hard hits, only to turn around a force teams to play two games in five days when a Thursday Night Football match hits the schedule.
Watch the faux Richard Sherman press conference below and let us know if you feel it was a funny or a fail in the comment section.
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