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Reaction to Richard Sherman's "Rant" is Overblown

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  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    After a hard fought win against their hated rivals, the Seattle Seahawks are heading to the Superbowl. That in and of itself should be blanketing the news, but that wouldn't be fun. We always have to find something to upset us and Richard Sherman's post game interview gives people plenty to talk about.

    Here's the entirety of Sherman's "rant"-- “I’m the best corner in the game! When you try me with a sorry receiver like Crabtree, that’s the result you’re going to get. Don’t you ever talk about me.” When asked to explain what who he was talking about, he said “Crabtree. Don’t you open your mouth about the best, or I’ll shut it for you real quick. LOB [Legion of Boom]!

    When you only read what he said, it doesn't come off as abnormal at all. He called out a receiver for talking smack about him and not being able to back it up. I think that this would have been a non-story if this was a newspaper interview, but everything changes when you bring a camera into the picture. People claim he comes across as angry and crass. They say he was disrespectful and unsportsmanlike. Maybe he could have been more graceful in victory, but who am I to judge what someone says after spending hours on the field at war with another team. American football is a brutal sport that pits giants of men against other giants of men. Is it any surprise that someone shows some real emotion every once in awhile?

    What does everyone think about Sherman's interview? Do you believe that players should show more emotion like this or should they continue living in a politically correct world where you can never "talk smack" about a hated rival?
  • Democrat
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    Being a former youth football coach, and a sports official, I can say with without hesitation that this a display I would not like my athletes to see, or emulate, it shows a total lack of respect for one's self and it also allows the speaker to think that he is more important than the event itself, talking "trash or smack" is childish and lacks a certain maturity you think you would find in a grown man, and of course what also is on display is his collage education paid for by his parents or by scholarship monies. What a waste of a college education!
  • Center Left
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    I agree with jared that in a nutshell, it's not really a bad thing to see "real emotion" on display in an NFL interview; refreshing change of pace actually. Emotions are definitely running high in those immediate, post game situations. But, when it comes to Richard Sherman in particular, I really dislike what he did mainly because I dislike the guy in general. I think he is smug and rude, drawing that conclusion after watching him in several interviews over the last 2 seasons. He is super-talented and young with the promise to possibly be one of the best. But, he doesn't have to scream that fact to everyone that hands him a microphone.

    He claims that he lets his stats do all of the talking. But, that's not true at all. He arrogantly carries enough in every interview, talks down about almost everyone almost every chance he gets, and is just generally not a nice guy. If he were to honestly let his short but stellar stat sheet truly speak for itself, he would have much more universal respect, as he claims he wants. But, all it seems to me that he really wants is to belittle everyone around him and to boast that he the best cornerback to ever grace the game. Muhammad Ali's smack talk was poetry. Richard Sherman's is just mean-spirited.
  • Liberal
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    I have no idea who he is, what he said or why he said it but from the tone of it all I guess I'm just as well off not knowing anything on this subject (for a change)!
  • Center Left
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    I saw the interview with That gorgeous reporter (Erin Andrews)(spelling?) and I didn't think it was that bad. It was 20 - 30 seconds after the game ended. He had just made a great - game saving play and probably hadn't even caught his breath yet. I believe he was caught up in the emotion of the moment. He just beat the 9'ers, coached by Harbaugh, his college coach at Stanford. He tried to shake hands with Harbaugh earlier in the year after a game where the Seahawks had also beaten the 9'rs and Harbaugh says he didn't know who it was who tapped him on the back so he didn't stop to acknowledge him. Harbaugh is also said to have spoken poorly about Sherman before the draft (which probably cost him much money). So, there are issues between the player and his ex-coach. That coupled with the excitement and realizing that you're going to the superbowl. I give him a pass.
  • Other Party
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    Did anyone hear the explanation by Ed Shultz? His reaction to the reaction to Sherman? He said "It's racism".

    Big head Ed just can't help himself, he'll blame almost EVERYTHING he can on racism. I don't remember word for word but he said the negative reaction by some people is because Sherman is black. This probably isn't the stupidest thing Ed has said...but it's up there.

    Maybe he's just following the lead of President Obama a few days ago who blamed some of his problems because some people in America don't like a back president.

    Pitiful.
  • Liberal Democrat
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    jamesn Wrote: Did anyone hear the explanation by Ed Shultz? His reaction to the reaction to Sherman? He said "It's racism".

    Big head Ed just can't help himself, he'll blame almost EVERYTHING he can on racism. I don't remember word for word but he said the negative reaction by some people is because Sherman is black. This probably isn't the stupidest thing Ed has said...but it's up there.

    Maybe he's just following the lead of President Obama a few days ago who blamed some of his problems because some people in America don't like a back president.

    Pitiful.
    Yes I heard Ed Schultz and these are his exact words:

    "Richard Sherman is a 25-year-old Stanford graduate who majored in communications. Sherman just made the play of his life on the biggest stage of his career. Sherman didn't use any profanity whatsoever.... Whether or not you think his statements were over the top there is no excuse for folks turning this into an issue of race. But of course, the rude and vile world of Twitter and the impulse that people play with in the electronic media and social media can take over."

    Ed was calling attention to the fact that the "vile world of Twitter" was full of racist remarks, which indeed it was. I don't read into this the race card that you are hearing Jamesn.

    I stand with Ed.
  • Other Party
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    Schmidt ..."Ed was calling attention to the fact that the "vile world of Twitter" was full of racist remarks"...

    It's the "calling attention" part that I object to. The vile world of Twitter exists only Twitterland, until someone like Ed comes along and brings it to cable TV land.

    I had heard probably more than a dozen reports on TV and radio from Sunday evening through all day Monday, and in all those reports I heard lots of things but not one word about racism...until I heard Eds stupid comment.

    We all know that there will be plenty of vile stuff on Twitter and internet blogs, but I expect reputable TV commentators to keep that part of the conversation in its place. I wonder if Ed mentioned it just to make himself part of the discussion. If so, he shouldn't have.

    BTW my local radio commentator said all the same good stuff about Sherman that Ed did, but added that not only was he smart but that he had a 4.2 GPA.

    With no mention of the race card in the national media, I wish that Ed had let the racist Tweets stay where they belonged...in the gutter. America has enough race problems without someone like Ed pushing that part of the story into the national media. All he did was give the racist Tweeters what they wanted.
  • Liberal Democrat
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    If you Google the words Sherman and racial comments you'll find pages and pages of websites referring to the twitter racial slurs including CNN and USA Today. This is the news story like it or not. Yes the story should have been Seattle's win, but with the post game interview Sherman became the front page sports news. And then that story was replaced by the story of the twitter racial slurs that prompted even Richard Sherman himself to chime in:

    "Last night shows that racism is still alive and well... And that's so sad.... At Least some people respect MLKs dream." @RSherman_25

    That tweet by Sherman is compliments of ESPN.

    Ed Schultz often talks about sports team on his show, and as an ex-NFL player, he likes to talk football...especially Minnesota and Green Bay. He delves into a lot of personal stories about football players...from drugs to shooting deaths to gay players...and yes race. Ed didn't give the twitter slurs prominence. It was already being talked about just about everywhere in the blogosphere before Ed chimed in. He only talked about what was being talked about.
  • Other Party
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    Schmidt I still think Ed should have left the racism out of the national TV media. And I would not doubt that he did it specifically to get his own name into the story...which it did.

    As far as his background you should look at Ed Shultz on wikipedia. He's had his share of questionable incidents as a media person: editing Gov Perry's statement to completely change his meaning to make it seem as if Perry made a racially offensive comment, but editing audio is a recurring theme (George Zimmerman) among NBC News "reporters". Ed apologized for that one, because he got caught. Taking $200,000 from unions then not disclosing it, while being a "news reporter" who regularly comments on union issues, no conflict there, huh? Called Laura Ingram a "talk-slut" and he apologized for that one, too.

    As far as being an NFL player, I couldn't find that one. I saw where he tried out for a CFL team, one report said he signed with the Raiders, another report said he "tried out" for the Raiders, so I don't know if he ever actually appeared in an NFL game, or even made the team, either way he was good enough to have an NFL team interested in him means he was pretty good.

    I don't care much for him, because he is paid off by the unions so I don't know how much of his pro-union stance is due to his beliefs and how much is due to union MONEY in his pocket? His style comes across as a "bully" like a famous politician in the news lately.

    I guess most people (even me) would be more pro-union if they were paid off with big union MONEY.
  • Democrat
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    Sherman and Rodman had very similar rants. When I saw Sherman reactive rant while being video taped and recorded with a reporter's mike near his face, I thought "what is he saying". I'm sorry, I couldn't understand him, just like I couldn't hardly understand Dennis Rodman's rant on the United States while he was in North Korea. On Rodman's remarks, my first thought was, "Is he on drugs?". On Sherman's rant my first thought was, "Is he hyped on steroids or something?". The reporter was even stepping back like she felt endangered by Sherman's comments.

    I don't see the racial thing that someone is attempting to contaminate the scene. I can understand the Twitter reports from the public. Anybody can spread all kinds of garbage opinions and rants without any educated thought.

    I guess the most compelling issue is Sherman and just like Rodman, they lost control of their senses and were unable to communicate rationally with the public. The most gross impact to our society is these two individuals represent what having enormous sums of money can do to your intellect and mouth.
  • Other Party
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    Amc you say ..."I don't see the racial thing that someone is attempting to contaminate the scene"...

    That's the point.

    I didn't see the race thing either, until Ed Shultz decided to push this racial aspect of the story on his show. In fact I had heard this story reported many times on various TV networks and several radio shows and not one word about this being a racial story. Ed seems to have elevated the racial aspect to TV. To get his own name in the conversation, perhaps?

    One thing about Sherman and Rodman. Just a few minutes earlier, Sherman had made the game winning play in the biggest game of his life, so emotions were understandably running high. Rodman has reportedly checked himself into rehab, so I hope he gets the help he needs.
  • Center Left
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    The big game is right around the corner so the media is up and players are on tv very much. I heard a session with Sherman on ESPN today. He was very professional, well spoken, humble.... I believe he has apologized for his post game comments. I think the kid deserves a second chance. To me he sounds very down to earth.
  • Democrat
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    These over-priced athletes forget that whether they like it or not, they are role models for the younger set, they readily accept the endorsements of their fame but convinced themselves that they didn't ask to be a role model, to me, professional athletes should be the high mark of sportsmanship and the embodiment of team playing, not the" Look at me, I am the best" theory of playing, your peers will tag you with the term "the best" when you earn their respect by your ability and sportsmanship on the field of play , and just because some athletes make a self proclamation of being the best doesn't make it so.
  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    "There was a hockey game where they didn't even play hockey, they just threw the puck aside and started fighting. I saw that, and said, 'Oh man, I'm the thug? What's going on here?'"--Richard Sherman (Click the link to watch the video)

    For anyone who claims that the reaction to Richard Sherman's "rant" didn't have racial undertones, this one quote says it all. The word "thug" was uttered 625 times on national television when discussing his post-game interview, but not once when an an entire ice rink of professional hockey players broke out into an all out brawl before one player even touched the puck. If this isn't evidence of the media and many American's inherent bias when it comes to holding our black athletes to a different standard, then I don't know what is.