Since helping the Seattle Seahawks win the NFC Championship with a phenomenal fourth quarter play on Sunday, cornerback Richard Sherman has been under plenty of scrutiny this week. His post game comments have been passed around the internet and social media accompanied by a multitude of opinion.
Whether you agree with his decision to make such a bold rant following the victory, there is one thing that is completely uncalled for, and that is using the term “thug” in reference to Sherman. Wednesday afternoon, Sherman held a live press conference to field questions from the media and was asked about his thoughts on the word and why it bothered him.
“The only reason it bothers me is because it seems like it’s the accepted way of somebody the ‘n word’ nowadays,” Sherman said. “It kind of takes me back, it’s kind of disappointing because, they know. What’s the definition of a thug, really?”
Sherman has a valid point, but also went on to make a rather humorous one seconds later.
“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 I’m like, wait I’m the thug? What’s going on here? So, I’m really disappointed in being called a thug.”
Of course, Sherman is referring to the game played between the Vancouver Canucks and Calgary Flames just a few days ago where five fights broke out immediately following the puck drop. Sherman, though, went on to speak about the stereotype he feels he is under and why it irritates him.
“Just because you hear ‘Compton,’ you hear ‘Watts,’ you hear cities like that…you just think ‘thug,’ or ‘he’s a gangster.’ And then you hear ‘Stanford,’ and they’re like, ‘Oh that doesn’t even make sense. That’s an oxymoron. You fight it for so long. So, for people to be using that word again, it’s frustrating.”
Again, regardless of your stance on his personality, the fact of the matter is that this guy is a Stanford graduate and knows what he’s doing. Is he upsetting folks by drawing so much attention to himself, such as he did Sunday? Absolutely. Were his words out of line? It depends on your stance. But, is he worthy of being called a thug? Most certainly not.