One of the most talkative players in the NFL defends the most tight-lipped in the nation’s premier sports magazine.
Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman writes in an article in the February 2 issue of Sports Illustrated that fans show a split-personality on athlete expression, slamming the players who protested police brutality for speaking and slamming Marshawn Lynch for remaining silent.
Under Goodell the league continues to put players like Marshawn Lynch in a position to be mocked by the media, which seems to get a kick out of seeing people struggle on camera. As teammates we’re angry because we know what certain people do well and we know what they struggle with. Marshawn’s talking to the press is the equivalent of putting a reporter on a football field and telling him to tackle Adrian Peterson.
Some of the same people slamming Marshawn for not talking are just as likely to condemn the Browns’ Andrew Hawkins and Johnson Bademosi for protesting police brutality with T-shirts. They want to hear us speak, but only if we’re saying something they want to hear.
Sherman delights in the fact that he plays for the man Bill Belichick replaced in New England. Pete Carroll, a player’s coach, allows the team to blare rap music during one practice a week and celebrates the unique personalities on the Seahawks roster.
“This organization let me develop a public persona through trial and error,” Sherman writes, “and it let me be nonchalant in my technique, something I wasn’t allowed to do at Stanford. I don’t imagine that’s an option in New England.”