Staunch Tea Party conservative Allen West–who is also a retired Lt. Colonel–said America needs to “lighten up” about Richard Sherman’s post-game rant and emphasized that people need to consider the adrenaline that was going through Sherman after clinching a trip to the Super Bowl for his team on Sunday that made him react similarly to how a soldier would if he were interviewed right after the end of hand-to-hand combat.
He also said that “what should have been forgotten has now erupted into a racial confrontation” with the media taking America “back down the same damn rabbit hole of race.” He noted that Sherman said he believed that “thug” was the new way of saying the “N-word” regarding the criticism that was directed at him after his post-game rant.
“I could just imagine if someone was on the battlefield after an intense firefight that perhaps involved hand-to-hand combat and interviewed one of the troops who’d been in contact within minutes of the engagement ending,” West wrote on Thursday before emphasizing that he was “not trying to say a football game is equivalent to combat but instead making the comparative analysis of emotion and adrenaline”:
Folks, it was just a game and Richard Sherman is a player, and a pretty doggone good cornerback. Why is it that the media is sooooo overboard on his post-game interview? Who amongst us can say how we would have responded to an interview immediately following the pivotal play in sending their team to the greatest stage in football? Who amongst us knows what “jaw-jacking” went back and forth out there on the island that is the place where cornerbacks do their business? Erin Andrews asked Sherman to take her through that final play, Sherman responded and now the incessant media hounding has taken America right back down the same damn rabbit hole of race.
Richard Sherman still has one more game against one of the greatest quarterbacks ever and I can guarantee he will be tested. Muhammad Ali was the self-proclaimed “greatest of all time” and we all know of his antics — imagine what the media today would say about that? Lighten up, we have far more interesting things to talk about, even in the world of sports.