ESPN analyst Stephen A Smith has spoken out in support of Richard Sherman after the Seattle Seahawks defensive back criticized the NFL over their proposal to eradicate certain racial slurs from locker rooms.
Sherman said earlier that he thought the proposal was: "...an atrocious idea. It's almost racist to me. It's weird they're targeting one specific word. Why wouldn't all curse words be banned then?"
When asked about the comments on ESPN, Smith said that he completely agreed with the Super Bowl winner's comments: "I completely and utterly applaud what Richard Sherman had to say, he's 1000% correct.... I appreciate Richard Sherman in all his brilliance... I stand with him on every single word he uttered."
Last week John Wooten, head of the Fritz-Pollard alliance which monitors diversity in the NFL said that he expected the competition committee to enact a rule that penalized a team 15 yards for the use of the n-word during a game.
Many analysts and players have hit out at the rule with some claiming that the rule would be problematic as the enforcers would be mainly white officials and administrators and they would be often punishing black players who do not use the word as a slur.
Sherman thanked Stephen A Smith for his comments via his twitter account, saying: "I sincerely appreciate @stephenasmith for being able to articulate the point that I wanted to make! Did a fantastic job"
There has been no official word from the league as to whether the rule will be put into practice for this coming NFL season.