Richard Sherman was fined nearly $8,000 for his actions after the Seattle Seahawks won the NFC Championship. This comes after NFL commissioner Roger Goodell took a stand against Sherman with the following comments:
“It’s an emotional game, and you see a young man who comes off the field and he’s pumped up, and there’s so much excitement in the stadium, but no, I’m not cheering for that.”
Goodell should have stopped there instead of proceeding with a fine. The move comes as no surprise, because it is clear that the NFL does not want players to speak the truth in any situation. The moment you starting reading off script is when you are wrong in the commissioner’s eyes. The situation is truly sad, because it gave Goodell the chance to get some players on his side. Now, he just has more enemies around the NFL with his comments and the ensuing fine.
Sherman did not deserve to be bashed by the commissioner, nor did he warrant a fine for his emotionally charged comments during the postgame interviews after the championship game. It seemed like a situation that should have been left alone, but Goodell is known for throwing his weight around, and he did just that today. He has been the main reason that the NFL is turning down a bad road. Some of his actions are for the better, but most of them contradict everything that NFL players and fans stand for.
Sherman even apologized for his actions, owning up to being out of place for his distractions. I do not know if he felt that he was in the crosshairs of Goodell’s reign of terror, but that is ultimately where his actions placed him. Goodell even spoke on what he felt Sherman should be acting in representation of his family with this comment:
“I want him to present himself in the best possible way and make sure that he is reflecting on himself and his family in a positive way.”
What Goodell does not realize is that he is only throwing gasoline atop a burning fire. This whole ordeal could have been swept under the rug, but I think he wants to make an example of Sherman in hopes of preventing any further incidents.
With Super Bowl XLVIII right around the corner, no one should expect anything out of the ordinary to happen, because Goodell has made it clear that anyone who steps over the line will be forced back across with unnecessary fines. The NFL is in bad hands, and I hope a change comes sooner than later.