Richard Sherman has never been one to mince his words when the time comes, and the standout Seattle Seahawks defensive star has done so once again. Sherman took precision aim at a number of current NFL quarterbacks with a worse passer rating than the unemployed Colin Kaepernick.
Earlier this week, Sherman reacted to comments made by Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti made last Sunday that signing the politically active Kaepernick might anger fans because of his stances. The comment by Bisciotti was troubling to some observers as Ravens starting QB Joe Flacco is injured and is one of several NFL teams that could use a player of Kaepernick’s caliber at least in a second or third-string situation.
In a sit down with USA Today, Sherman didn’t hold back his feelings on how Kaepernick not getting a job ahead of several other quarterbacks with abysmal passer ratings.
From USA Today:
“I think it shows the racial divide in the league,” Bennett told USA TODAY Sports. “There are (accused) rapists and drunk drivers in the league. But he’s somebody who didn’t do anything to anybody. But you hear owners say, ‘We have to ask our fan base first.’ But the Giants kept Josh Brown (amid a domestic violence issue). Ben Roethlisberger has been accused of rape twice. The organization didn’t turn their back on him. They gave him a contract extension. Kaepernick didn’t do anything. That’s why racism is the biggest issue in America.
“For you to say you have to check with sponsors and fans because this guy took a knee and made a statement?” Sherman said. “Now if you told me this guy threw eight pick-sixes last year and played like a bum, had no talent, that’s one thing. But Ryan Fitzpatrick, Ryan Mallett or whoever is playing for the Jets right now – whoever is starting for the Jets is terrible – have jobs. You’re telling me fans would rather you lose and put a worse player out there because a guy took a stand? That’s where it’s so troublesome to me.”
Sherman cited a few examples, including the Jacksonville Jaguars’ Blake Bortles and the Los Angeles Rams’ Jared Goff, as starters that don’t measure up to Kaepernick.
“Blake Bortles has shown you enough to where you don’t think Kaep would be a solid fit?” Sherman added. “Kaep has won games.”
Earlier in the chat, Sherman noted that Kaep’s freeze-out by the league is a “Boy, stay in your place” situation. Interesting angle.
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