In his first proper interview since sending social medias into meltdown, Richard Sherman has come out and spoken to the press and in particularly his irking at being described as a thug. Sherman said:
"The only reason it bothers me is because it seems like it's the accepted way of calling somebody the N-word nowadays. Because they know."
The day after the Seahawks' win, the word "thug" was uttered 625 times on American television, more than it ever has in about three years.
And Sherman was quick to point out the hypocrisy of the media:
"There was a hockey game where they didn't even play hockey, they just threw the puck aside and started fighting. I saw that, and said, 'Oh man, I'm the thug? What's going on here?'"
The cornerback was referencing the Flames-Canucks line brawl that started in the opening 2 seconds of the game where 8 players dropped gloves and started fighting almost immediately.
Sherman said the choice of epithet was particularly galling, because it's something he's had to deal with his entire life.
"I know some 'thugs,' and they know I'm the furthest thing from a thug. I've fought that my whole life, just coming from where I'm coming from. Just because you hear Compton, you hear Watts, you hear cities like that, you just think 'thug, he's a gangster, he's this, that, and the other,' and then you hear Stanford, and they're like, 'oh man, that doesn't even make sense, that's an oxymoron.'
"You fight it for so long, and to have it come back up and people start to use it again, it's frustrating."