If you are a sports fan, particularly football, I’m sure you’ve either seen or heard about Richard Sherman’s (a notorious trash talker) WWF style post game interview with Erin Andrews after his team, the Seattle Seahawks, beat their heated rival the San Francisco 49′ers.
A lot has been made of Richard Sherman catching poor Erin Andrews off guard with his passionate yet boastful proclamation, calling himself “the best cornerback in the game” and referring to 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree as a “sorry receiver” before looking into the camera and saying (presumably to Crabtree) “Don’t you ever talk about me.”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bkTq__jd4I4
While an athlete giving a passionate interview is no surprise, neither is bragging about one’s self. What makes this interview so different isn’t the interview it’s self, but rather the attention that it and Sherman have received. Sherman, for all his bragging has been subjected to an enormous amount of feedback, some good and some racist (surprise, surprise).
People took to Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to voice their displeasure of Sherman’s interview; IMO taking it way too seriously. Deadspin compiled some of Twitter’s more racist comments, including the typical ignorant/dumb nigger comments, and he’s a thug, along with a few references to Sherman being a Gorilla. Proving that, in the words of Kanye West, “racism is still alive, they just be concealing it” and we are not living in the post-racial society the media would have you believe. All this for a post game interview.
Never mind the fact that Sherman is an educated black man. Never mind that he also graduated from high school with straight A’s thanks to the advanced placement classes he insisted on taking. Or what about the fact that he graduated from Stanford University, shattering the dumb jock image. People were quick to assume he was just another ignorant nigga from the hood, while spending their time making racist comments on a social media site.
Instead of simply disliking his comments, or giving him the benefit of the doubt for making the biggest play (a game winning deflection), in the biggest game of his career (the winner would represent the NFC in the Super Bowl) against his team’s bitter rival no less, and the fact that he was full of emotion, confidence and adrenaline, some people chose to focus on his color.
I wonder how those same people would react if the were in same position? Hell back in my basketball playing days, I won an important game for my team, by sinking two free throws with no time left on the clock, and I can tell you, you couldn’t tell me anything.
So the question is, when is this supposed post-racial America going to show up? Because it seems that being an aggressive, strong, self-sure, black athletic is a threat to those that “wish they could” while watching from the sidelines or when it doesn’t affect their bottom line being capitalism and comfort.
What do you think? Was Sherman out of line for his comments? Or was he just an excited player that played a major part in his teams big win, letting his emotions get the best of him?
Talk to me, I’ll talk back.