There has been outrage…
over postgame comments made by Seattle Seahawks defensive back Richard Sherman following the team’s victory over the San Francisco 49ers yesterday. For those who missed it, Sherman channeled his inner WWE Superstar and cut a promo directed at 49er’s wide receiver Michael Crabtree. Here’s the best interpretation I could find of the incident:
I have to be honest: I just don’t get it. What is the problem? Sherman didn’t deliver the same vanilla, cliche, “Thank you Jesus, props to my team, happy to be here” canned postgame interview, and showed some actual passion and personality?
Study your cliches, professional athletes. We can’t have you demonstrating individuality!
He was labeled as classless, a thug, an idiot who tarnished his team’s success. Of course in 2014 pussified America he was forced to deliver a PR-inspired half-hearted form letter apology:
“Seahawks LCB Richard Sherman has apologized for his comments following Sunday’s NFC Championship Game victory.
“I apologize for attacking an individual and taking the attention away from the fantastic game by my teammates,” Sherman told ESPN’s Ed Werder. “That was not my intent.” Notice, Sherman didn’t take back anything he said about Michael Crabtree. Although Sherman’s on-field confrontation of Crabtree was a bit much, his post-game tirade was the kind of unscripted moment that’s been sorely lacking in the Belichick-era NFL. Expect to see the brutally-honest Sherman all over your television set between now and Super Bowl XLVIII.” ~ RotoWorld
When did this happen? When did we as a culture decide we only want the status quo, and immediately attack anyone who DARES to show individual thought or personality? He said something that some people didn’t like? We have to boycott the Seahawks! Sign this petition to get Sherman thrown off the team!
Have you ever played a sport? Do you remember little-league when we used to “chatter” in the field? “Hey Batter Batter?” Did you know that you aren’t allowed to do that anymore, because it might rattle the poor child? They might feel bad if they strike out, and we can’t have that! Here, everyone gets a trophy. That’s America: 26th in Education, but #1 in self-esteem! Part of the GAME is psychological – It was the great Yogi Berra who said, “Baseball is 90% mental. The other half is physical.”
Muhammad Ali is regarded as one of the greatest fighters of all time, and one of the best ambassadors in sports history. He carried the Olympic torch! He also was one of the most gifted smack-talkers ever. There was never any outrage over his comments – He was almost universally loved, and regarded as a showman.
Can you imagine Richard Sherman calling Michael Crabtree a Gorilla?
So stop being a bunch of uptight pussies, America. It’s not like he said he was going to eat the man’s children.
–Sean Kemmerer is a freelance writer, administrator of Politics Without The Crazy Pills , and just remembered that he had a really nice website that he hasn’t been writing for. Whoops!