Richard Sherman is not a thug. He’s not a punk. He’s not a villain. He is not many of the things people have called him since his childish outburst on national television. Richard Sherman is not a role model. He is not “better at life” than you, despite what some grandstanding bloggers would have you believe. Richard Sherman is a hypocrite.
Richard Sherman doesn’t want us to judge him in his worst moments. He wants us to judge him by the philanthropic work he does, some league and team mandated, others surely of his own volition. But we judge all of the chuckleheheads that posted absolutely vile statements about Richard Sherman online in their worst moments. Why should Richard Sherman be special?
Richard Sherman wants us to take his side in this ridiculous feud with Michael Crabtree because he hates Michael Crabtree. Because Michael Crabtree said something to Richard Sherman in Arizona. But because of some convenient bro code Richard Sherman won’t out Michael Crabtree for what he said. Why should we take Richard Sherman’s side?
“We win with graciousness, when we lose we could do better. Some teams don’t always do that or that’s not their program.”
One thing missing from his entire “statement” were the simple words, I’m sorry. He blamed it outburst on adrenaline, on Michael Crabtree being a bad person, and on other things. But he never owned up to the fact that he got up in front of that microphone and spouted off like an idiot. He did allegedly apologize to a reporter via text message. That’s pretty cowardly. Real men own up to their mistakes, no matter how small, as Richard Sherman’s really was, or how big, as Bill Simmons and Grantland’s was. If you want to read an apology, and Richard Sherman really should study a few, Bill Simmons did it the right way.
And that’s really what it comes down to. Richard Sherman has done nothing to deserve a free pass from the media, sports fans, or anyone else. But that’s no reason for the public to be disrespectful and allow him to paint himself as the victim. We’re all better than that, aren’t we Richard?