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To Those Who Would Call Me a Thug - Seahawks CB Richard Sherman explains interview
mmqbsi.com ^ | 1/20/14 | Richard Sherman

Posted on 01/20/2014 9:21:37 AM PST by Texas Eagle

‘To Those Who Would Call Me a Thug or Worse …’

I show passion on the football field—but that’s only a small part of who I am. If you want to judge me, I can handle it.

By

Richard Sherman

· More from Richard·

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What a night, and what a finish.

Near midnight I still had about 70 unread text messages from friends and family, most of which read, “Best interview ever!” Many of my Twitter mentions were less supportive. My body ached. I was thrilled and proud and upset, all at once.

Here’s what happened …

(Excerpt) Read more at mmqb.si.com ...


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KEYWORDS: athletes; nfl; richardsherman; seahawks; sherman
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1 posted on 01/20/2014 9:21:37 AM PST by Texas Eagle
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To: Texas Eagle

No wonder I lost interest in the game years ago. . . . .


2 posted on 01/20/2014 9:25:58 AM PST by DeaconRed (GOD: Please send us one more Ronald Reagan. Soon. Thanks Deacon Red. PS It ain't Christie. . .)
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To: DeaconRed

Anyone can sound intelligent and reasonable when they’ve had time to think about what they’re going to say. I’ll allow that Sherman was pretty amped up when Erin Andrews was interviewing him, but he still sounded like a punk.


3 posted on 01/20/2014 9:29:16 AM PST by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (I'm not anti-government, government's anti-me.)
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To: DeaconRed
No wonder I lost interest in the game years ago. . . . .

Same here. It's a thug's game now, belonging to the lowest common denominator.

Now days, I only watch the Super Bowl... maybe.

4 posted on 01/20/2014 9:30:30 AM PST by jeffc (The U.S. media are our enemy)
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers

The NFL is full of punks. I don’t follow it nearly as much as I used to.


5 posted on 01/20/2014 9:30:34 AM PST by ilovesarah2012
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To: Texas Eagle

You know that one picture is not the whole story.


6 posted on 01/20/2014 9:31:20 AM PST by jeffc (The U.S. media are our enemy)
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To: Texas Eagle

The man is not right in the head...

...I hope Manning picks on him.


7 posted on 01/20/2014 9:32:25 AM PST by lacrew (Mr. Soetoro, we regret to inform you that your race card is over the credit limit.)
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To: Texas Eagle

Now I know it’s been a long time since I watched a game....since when do football players wear short pants?


8 posted on 01/20/2014 9:33:01 AM PST by JoeDetweiler
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To: Texas Eagle

This guy really makes the Seahawks look like knuckle daggers.


9 posted on 01/20/2014 9:33:22 AM PST by duckman (I'm part of the group pulling the wagon!)
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers

The NFL is diminishing before our very eyes. Super Libtard Roger Goodell is the worst ever Commissioner and is doing a bang up job of ruining the league with his lousy “leadership”. The sooner that he is FIRED, the better off the NFL will be.


10 posted on 01/20/2014 9:34:07 AM PST by Howie66 (Molon Labe, Traitors!)
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To: Texas Eagle

I just learned that Pete Carroll is a 911 Truther. I will now be rooting for the Broncos.


11 posted on 01/20/2014 9:34:15 AM PST by KC_Conspirator
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To: Texas Eagle

Thanks, Richard Sherman, for helping me choose a team to cheer for on Super Bowl Sunday. Go Bronco’s!


12 posted on 01/20/2014 9:34:24 AM PST by uptowngirl
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To: Texas Eagle

What happened to the Sea-hawk’s uniform? It used to pretty nice. Now it looks like crap.


13 posted on 01/20/2014 9:34:27 AM PST by Cowboy Bob (They are called "Liberals" because the word "parasite" was already taken.)
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers

He sounded like a punk because that’s what he is inside. He is an arrested development athlete being used to make folks rich, so they will ignore and excuse punkishness because they really don’t give a darn about Richard the person or his life, just what they can get out of him while they have him under contract. And folks, they got a lot out of him Sunday!


14 posted on 01/20/2014 9:35:44 AM PST by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: Cowboy Bob

I’m guessing the sinister effects of Nike.
Similar to Univ of Oregon, LOL.


15 posted on 01/20/2014 9:36:07 AM PST by nascarnation (I'm hiring Jack Palladino to investigate Baraq's golf scores.)
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To: jeffc

Some white player needs to file a suit pointing out the number of blacks to whites is out of whack.


16 posted on 01/20/2014 9:36:13 AM PST by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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To: Texas Eagle

Thug, thug, thug!


17 posted on 01/20/2014 9:37:15 AM PST by McGruff
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To: KC_Conspirator

He is also a cheater who left USC right before the shtf. USC got punished, Carroll did not.


18 posted on 01/20/2014 9:37:30 AM PST by Resolute Conservative
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To: MHGinTN
He sounded like a punk because that’s what he is inside.
You win the most idiotic post of the day. Congratulations.
19 posted on 01/20/2014 9:40:45 AM PST by dainbramaged (Windage and elevation, Mrs. Langdon; windage and elevation.)
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To: Texas Eagle
Here is an article that explains it pretty well...

22 Brief Thoughts About Richard Sherman's Interview

I give Sherman a pass. He is NOT a thug. No one can convince me otherwise.

20 posted on 01/20/2014 9:43:57 AM PST by hoagy62 ("Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered..."-Thomas Paine. 1776)
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To: Texas Eagle

Richard, you have to set things right with the kids who watch football.

If you want them to think that thug-in-your-face behavior is ok, let this stand.

But if you want them to act like adults, you have some ‘splainin’ to do.


21 posted on 01/20/2014 9:46:42 AM PST by gortklattu (God knows who is best, everybody else is making guesses - Tony Snow)
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To: Howie66

The NFL is becoming the NBA... The hip-hop, thug, “you gotta respect me” culture is beginning to show itself in the NFL...

This with the rule changes will make the NFL unwatchable within 5 years...


22 posted on 01/20/2014 9:47:25 AM PST by bfh333 ("Hope"... "Change"... You better HOPE you have some CHANGE after the next 4 years!)
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To: Texas Eagle

I think the Broncos will wait until the third play from scrimmage and then send him a message —


23 posted on 01/20/2014 9:49:04 AM PST by Uncle Chip
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To: Texas Eagle

crabetree was being the moron here


24 posted on 01/20/2014 9:50:03 AM PST by markman46 (engage brain before using keyboard!!!)
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To: hoagy62

Sherman own words and explanation makes him classless. Crabtree didn’t say anything to him but pushed him off and walked away and Sherman decides thats enough to go off? He then use the choke sign towards Colin, the game is over he needs to celebrate with his team instead of rubbing it in to the opposing team that just lost on basically a last play of the game. He then explains how great he is.


25 posted on 01/20/2014 9:53:36 AM PST by Bigtigermike
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To: Cowboy Bob
What happened to the Sea-hawk’s uniform? It used to pretty nice. Now it looks like crap.

What????.........You mean those CHARTREUSE highlights don't look FABULOUS?????...................

26 posted on 01/20/2014 9:54:27 AM PST by Red Badger (Proud member of the Zeta Omicron Tau Fraternity since 2004...................)
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To: MHGinTN

Richard Sherman writes a column every week that lets you see inside his head and heart. He is well educated (4.0 from Stanford) and well spoken. He has nothing but praise for Peyton Manning. Did you even read the whole article?


27 posted on 01/20/2014 9:54:29 AM PST by Coldwater Creek (")
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To: bfh333

I don’t know who was being a thug or not, but the reason there is all this gyrating self-aggrandizing capering and jerky chest thumping in the NBA and NFL is because it is hard to have self-policing from players per the rules. Much greater risk of affecting the outcome of the game with the penalty system, modern officiating and all the reviewable camera shots. Football is especially bad because of the limited number of games per season, can’t risk any retaliation for someone being a jerk and get a penalty if every game is so important.

“If he played baseball would get a high and tight fastball.”

—Justin Verlander via twitter

That’s why nobody breaks out the self-congratulatory dance moves and pointing after a routine single in MLB.

Freegards


28 posted on 01/20/2014 10:01:37 AM PST by Ransomed
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To: Coldwater Creek

No


29 posted on 01/20/2014 10:01:59 AM PST by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: Texas Eagle
I thought his rant was GREAT, and no I am not a Hawks fan. Erin Andrews is a ditz. "Who was talking about you?". Seriously? Where the hell have you been all week?
and Pam Oliver looked ridiculous in that wig and asked the dumbest questions of Harbaugh after the game. Enough with this sideline eye candy chicks. They know nothing about football and add nothing to this man's game.
30 posted on 01/20/2014 10:04:21 AM PST by montag813
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To: bfh333

Yep.

The NFL is in dire need of a change in leadership at the very top. Even Paul Tagliabue would be a major improvement over the extremely useless Goodell.


31 posted on 01/20/2014 10:04:30 AM PST by Howie66 (Molon Labe, Traitors!)
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To: Texas Eagle

If this guy was the ignoramus who verbally upchucked a bunch of “ho yo mo suckah” crap into the camera immediately after the game... he was an embarrassment to humanity.


32 posted on 01/20/2014 10:05:20 AM PST by RingerSIX (My wife and I took an AIDS vaccine that they offer down at our Church.)
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To: hoagy62
I give Sherman a pass. He is NOT a thug. No one can convince me otherwise.

.........

He certainly talks like a thug...if it walks like a duck....

33 posted on 01/20/2014 10:07:14 AM PST by ThePatriotsFlag ("There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide." - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Texas Eagle

Good to read this from Sherman’s blog:

“One thing I can’t accept is what I read after the game about Seahawks fans throwing food at 49ers linebacker Navorro Bowman as he was being carted off the field with his knee injury. If it’s true, it’s beyond terrible. That’s as low as it gets. I’m sure whoever did this is in a small minority of fans, because I don’t think that kind of action is an accurate representation of the character of the 12th man. Navorro Bowman is a great player who plays the game the right way. When he went down, I dropped to a knee and prayed for him. He deserves better than having food thrown at him as he’s carted off a field. All players deserve better than that.”


34 posted on 01/20/2014 10:09:06 AM PST by Wyatt's Torch
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To: nascarnation

Nike is peddling their hideous schemes on other schools as well. Saw both Texas A&M and Baylor wearing gray snake-skin looking uniforms this year.


35 posted on 01/20/2014 10:12:28 AM PST by MisterArtery
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To: Coldwater Creek
Okay, now I've read the entire article. Richard is articulate and panders as required. So what in that article tells you he is not a punk inside, haughty and prideful, with an 'I'm the greatest and you better acknowledge it or you're ignorant' attitude?

There is no question that he is extremely talented, smart, and a tremendous asset to the Seahags team. There is also no question that those who hold his contract ignore anything else that isn't related to on-field play and preparation. Sherman is a commodity to them. Nothing more. MAybe if the Seahags win the Super Bowl, Sherman will grow up. We'll see.

It will be a most interesting game, I'm sure you will agree. As to Denver focusing on Sherman, well, game prep will find as many weak spots as possible in an excellent defense, then Peyton will seek to exploit them. I don't think Sherman is a weakness, so I don't expect they will try to exploit him. Trash talkin' has always been a part of the psyche in professional football. It works to switch focus of some players so it will remain a part of the game.

36 posted on 01/20/2014 10:13:51 AM PST by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: Cowboy Bob

“What happened to the Sea-hawk’s uniform? It used to pretty nice. Now it looks like crap.”

I think it’s being worn by the Philadelphia Eagles now — and we HATE it, BTW. Bring back the kelly-green uniforms of the Randall Cunningham days!


37 posted on 01/20/2014 10:13:56 AM PST by Tallguy
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To: hoagy62
Good article. The writer seems to know what's what.

This jaw-jacking goes on all the time between the opposition, especially between DBs vs. Receivers. I see that many people don't seem to know what or that it does go on. The smack talk motivates the players to play at a high level - an edge. If you want to win, being nice on the football field doesn't cut it. In other words, it's a winning 'tude, in Sherman's mind and many other players. What people saw was an unvarnished look at the minds of what players are thinking while they are on the playing, field, especially in the NFL.

Sherman is only guilty of expressing his emotions and thoughts only moments before winning a trip to the Super Bowl and defeating his opposition in battle.

From the article - 6. In other words, he might have just been auditioning for the WWE

I thought the same and I was amused LoL, and I understood the man's mindset. The reporterette seemed to be taken back by it, and was probably not the best person to do that interview moments after the heat on the plays.

38 posted on 01/20/2014 10:15:58 AM PST by Red Steel
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To: Texas Eagle

Don’t let my ‘pa-aa-aaa-ssion’ foooool you.

I ain’t no iggyneant fella.

Stanford product? Or by-product?

Uugghhh.


39 posted on 01/20/2014 10:15:59 AM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: Texas Eagle

Heck of a good link there! Comments roll in right before your eyes, with Twitter comments popping up in the lower left! Very exciting and very readable altogether. Great website.


40 posted on 01/20/2014 10:16:46 AM PST by RitaOK ( VIVA CHRISTO REY / Public education is the farm team for more Marxists coming.)
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers

Sherman is a super intelligent guy, very well spoken. Yes, he lost it yesterday, but is this story really worthy of all the coverage it’s getting? Seahawks uniforms are GREAT!

GO HAWKS!


41 posted on 01/20/2014 10:17:27 AM PST by CityCenter (Resist Obamacare!)
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To: hoagy62

You are right, Sherman is not a thug. He was raised by hardworking parents who made sure he got an education and got out of Watts/Compton. This is the guy black families should be using as a role model. He lost his temper yesterday, but that one act in not indicative of the person he is.


42 posted on 01/20/2014 10:20:35 AM PST by CityCenter (Resist Obamacare!)
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To: Red Steel
The smack talk motivates the players to play at a high level - an edge.

If smack talk is the only thing that motivates an athlete, he shouldn't be in the NFL. There are other things that should motivate a professional athlete and hopefully some of them motivate Sherman.

I've spent my entire professional life around athletes in a wide variety of sports and at a wide variety of levels, and have met some of the players from the great Vikings teams of the 60s and 70s. They had quiet confidence, which came from their Hall of Fame coach, Bud Grant. It seems to me that a little quiet confidence would help calm things down quite a bit.

That said, an interview in the heat of the moment should have been expected to generate the heat that it did. As the saying goes, don't ask a question if you're afraid to learn the answer.

43 posted on 01/20/2014 10:20:56 AM PST by Colonel_Flagg (Some people meet their heroes. I raised mine. Go Army.)
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To: MisterArtery

Hard to say no to freebies I guess, and since the look is unique, fans will buy them for something different.


44 posted on 01/20/2014 10:21:50 AM PST by nascarnation (I'm hiring Jack Palladino to investigate Baraq's golf scores.)
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To: Bigtigermike
Crabtree didn’t say anything to him but pushed him off and walked away and Sherman decides thats enough to go off?

I guess you didn't hear about Crabtree dissing Sherman all week long.

45 posted on 01/20/2014 10:24:52 AM PST by montag813
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To: montag813

“They know nothing about football and add nothing to this man’s game.”

Ya got that right!


46 posted on 01/20/2014 10:26:05 AM PST by beelzepug (if any alphabets are watchin', I'll be coming home right after the meetin')
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To: Coldwater Creek

Okay, so he isn’t a loud-mouthed, ignorant thug - he just plays one in post-game interviews.


47 posted on 01/20/2014 10:27:19 AM PST by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (I'm not anti-government, government's anti-me.)
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To: Red Steel

“This jaw-jacking goes on all the time between the opposition, especially between DBs vs. Receivers.”

Mike Golic, of ESPN’s “Mike & Mike”, used to say that the amount of jawing/taunting that was done was proportional to how far one lined up from the ball before the snap. The further away, the mouthier the players tended to be with WR’s & DB’s leading the way.

As for interior lineman, Golic said he was to busy, “trying to get air” between snaps to have much to say to the guy lining up over him.


48 posted on 01/20/2014 10:28:31 AM PST by Tallguy
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To: JoeDetweiler

Since, I don’t know... always? Never seen ‘em go below the knees.


49 posted on 01/20/2014 10:33:11 AM PST by Mathews (Ecclesiastes 10:2 (NIV), Luke 22:36 (NIV))
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To: Colonel_Flagg
Back in the Bud Grant era, the Vikings had the same mindset, but didn't express it in public like they do these days.

In those days, I did too, the thought was for not give your opposition "bulletin board material" which motivated your opponents. No, we did not want that to happen. Lull them into complacency was the thinking. Haha. Instead, the opposition was "heaped with praise" about how good they were, and all the "bad" thoughts were internalized. The thoughts were really about kicking their asses all over the field, which has not changed from yesteryear.

Today, the culture of the NFL has changed to be '"a little bit more" in your face.

50 posted on 01/20/2014 10:34:48 AM PST by Red Steel
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