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Richard Sherman recreates NFC championship game rant in cancer institue ad (Video)

After this year’s NFC championship game, Richard Sherman gave us one of the more memorable moments of the 2013 NFL season when he went on an epic rant during a postgame interview with Erin Andrews.

richard-sherman-cancer-adSherman was roundly criticized for bringing attention to himself and taking it away from the performance of his teammates. Legendary coach John Madden went as far as to say the actions of the All-Pro were embarrassing and set a bad example for kids.

Even those who were the harshest critics of Richard Sherman’s interview would have a hard time finding fault with his rant in this ad for the Swedish Cancer Institute, because it’s absolutely great. Well done by all involved indeed.

H/T Sports Grid

Richard Sherman takes shot at Michael Crabtree with autographed picture

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We all remember what happened between Richard Sherman and Michael Crabtree during last year’s NFC Championship Game. Sherman tipped a pass away from Crabtree to seal the game and jogged over to the San Francisco 49ers receiver to shake his hand. Crabtree wanted none of that, and Sherman unloaded on him in his postgame press conference.

Sherman later apologized for personally attacking Crabtree the way he did. Was the apology sincere? At some point, Sherman autographed a photo and wrote “Sorry Crabtree” underneath his signature. Steiner Sports tweeted a photo of the item on Sunday, though it has not gone on sale on their website yet.

As the LA Times pointed out, you can find photos of the Seattle Seahawks cornerback taunting Tom Brady on eBay with the words “U Mad Bro?” written under Sherman’s autograph. Talking trash is his thing, so this should surprise no one. We all know he wasn’t really sorry.

Richard Sherman implies Eagles cut DeSean Jackson and kept Riley Cooper because of race

DeSean JacksonOne of the arguments many people have made against the Philadelphia Eagles cutting DeSean Jackson is the team’s decision to keep Riley Cooper. After the season, the Eagles signed Cooper to a five-year, $25 million contract. Apparently his racist outburst from last summer is a thing of the past.

Jackson, on the other hand, was released shortly after a report surfaced indicating he has connections to members of a gang in Los Angeles. In a column he wrote for Monday Morning Quarterback on Wednesday, Richard Sherman defended Jackson for not alienating the people he grew up around who supported him when his father passed away in 2009. He also implied that race played a role in the Eagles’ decision to cut Jackson.

This offseason they re-signed a player who was caught on video screaming, “I will fight every n—– here.” He was representing the Philadelphia Eagles when he said it, because, of course, everything we do is reflective of the organization. But what did they do to Riley Cooper, who, if he’s not a racist, at least has “ties” to racist activity? They fined him and sent him to counseling. No suspension necessary for Cooper and no punishment from the NFL, despite its new interest in policing our use of the N-word on the field.

Commit certain crimes in this league and be a certain color, and you get help, not scorn. Look at the way many in the media wrote about Jim Irsay after his DUI arrest. Nobody suggested the Colts owner had “ties” to drug trafficking, even though he was caught driving with controlled substances (prescription pills) and $29,000 in cash to do who-knows-what with. Instead, poor millionaire Mr. Irsay needs help, some wrote.

Sherman makes some very valid points, especially regarding Irsay. The amount of cash the Colts owner had in his possession could easily be viewed as gang-related or drug dealing activity if he was somebody else.

As for Cooper, you can understand why it looks bad that the Eagles chose to send a white player to counseling after his racist tirade. The only thing I would say about that is that situations like the Aaron Hernandez murder trial have made teams increasingly paranoid when they hear the word “gang.” If a white player reportedly had ties to a gang, you would probably see the team react the same way.

I believe the risk of gang involvement currently has NFL teams on high alert, whether the claims are founded or not. That said, Sherman presented a very well-thought argument that certainly makes you think.

Richard Sherman shows support of DeSean Jackson with Little League baseball photo

Richard-Sherman-SeahawksAfter weeks of speculation and rumors, wide receiver DeSean Jackson was released by the Philadelphia Eagles this week.

Jackson has denied gang affiliations, but his off-the-field relationships were apparently enough to cause concern with the Eagles.

While one Eagles player seemed excited with the decision made by the organization, a member of the Super Bowl winning Seahawks has expressed support of DeSean Jackson.

Richard Sherman took his Twitter account Saturday with a message regarding the situation and included a photo of the two on the same Little League baseball team.

Given his game-changing ability, DeSean Jackson likely won’t be without a team for long. He’s expected to visit the Washington Redskins on Monday. The Raiders, Jets, Chiefs and Bills are also reportedly interested in the 27-year-old who posted career-highs of 82 receptions and 1,332 yards in 2013.

H/T Bleacher Report

DeAngelo Hall has some strong words for Richard Sherman on Twitter

deangelo-hallBecause of his personality, and status as one of the premier cornerbacks in the NFL, Richard Sherman is often a target of fans and opposing players.

On Wednesday, Sherman and LeGarrette Blount had a debate on Twitter over who is the best corner in the league. Blount tried to state his case for former teammate Aqib Talib. Sherman, not surprisingly, rebuffed Blount’s attempts.

Thursday, it was DeAngelo Hall of the Washington Redskins who came at Sherman with some pretty strong words. As you can imagine, the ensuing conversation was entertaining to say the least.

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Richard Sherman, LeGarrette Blount go at it on Twitter over league’s best CB

Richard-Sherman-interviewRichard Sherman will not be satisfied until every human being on earth thinks he is the best cornerback in the NFL. That determination is what makes him an All-Pro, but unfortunately he is never going to get his way. There will always be people like former New England Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount who have their own opinion.

Earlier this week, Blount congratulated Aqib Talib on signing a monster contract with the Denver Broncos. In doing so, Blount tweeted that Talib deserved ever penny because he is the best defensive back in the league. Of course, Sherman couldn’t let that go. The debate took off from there.

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Richard Sherman: Banning N-word is an ‘atrocious idea’

Richard-Sherman-SeahawksThe NFL is working toward banning the use of racial slurs during games, particularly the N-word. The proposal has drawn mixed reaction from current players. On Monday, Richard Sherman told Sports Illustrated’s Peter King that he would be extremely opposed to the rule.

“It’s an atrocious idea,” Sherman said. “It’s almost racist, to me. It’s weird they’re targeting one specific word. Why wouldn’t all curse words be banned then?”

I don’t know about all curse words, but I agree with Sherman that only banning the N-word and not other racial slurs would not make sense. What I don’t agree with is his assertion that pronouncing the “-er” at the end of the word is what makes it racist. Sherman said that finishing the word with “-a” is not disrespectful when used among African-American players.

“It’s in the locker room and on the field at all times,” he added. “I hear it almost every series out there on the field.”

So calling someone a thug is the equivalent of using the N-word but pronouncing it with an “-a” on the end makes it a different word altogether? Come on now.

King also asked two other African-American for their opinion on the impending rule. Tennessee Titans cornerback Jason McCourty agreed with Sherman, saying the N-word is so common that it’s the equivalent of calling someone “bro” or “man.” Free agent linebacker D’Qwell Jackson disagreed.

“Ultimately, if the NFL can get it done, it’s great for our game. But I think refs have a hard enough time officiating the game now,” Jackson said. “Now they’d be asked to police language?”

Enforcing the rule would be the challenging part, and it’s looking like players could initially be given a warning for using it and then assessed a penalty if it happens a second time.

I’m white, so I obviously don’t understand both sides of the argument. I just don’t agree with the “-er” vs. “-a” argument. It’s the same word pronounced differently. I’ve heard plenty of Bostonians use the “-a” pronunciation in a derogatory manner. That said, banning it altogether would be incredibly difficult. Pittsburgh Steelers co-chairman Dan Rooney already tried that, and the team only respected his request for a day. It’s part of the culture that would be difficult to change.

H/T Pro Football Talk