Marshawn Lynch has been in the headlines the past couple of weeks for his interaction (or lack of) with the media but his Seattle Seahawks teammate Richard Sherman might have just out done him in the weird stakes.
Comedy double act
Taking to the stage for his weekly press conference the outspoken Seahawks cornerback, joined by a cardboard cutout of Doug Baldwin and the player himself hiding below the podium, set about dismantling the NFL's policies on endorsements, player safety and player's media obligations in an hilarious skit.
Roger Goodell might not too happy that one of his league's most high profile stars has broken ranks in such a fashion but the comedy double act, which can be seen at the bottom of this article, at least shows that Lynch has support from his Seattle teammates who seem to agree with many that the $100,000 doled out by the NFL after he failed to speak to the media in Week 10 was fairly excessive.
"It seems like we're in a league where they say 'players don't you endorse any alcohol...but yet a beer sponsor is their biggest sponsor."
The passive-aggressive rant moved on from the NFL's "hypocritical" stance on Lynch to cover topics such as their use of alcohol sponsorship despite concerns over player DUIs, as well as their decision to have teams play two games in five days despite apparent concerns for player safety - a decision Sherman is clearly not to happy about.
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"They've been talking about player safety so much," said Sherman when prompted by cardboard Baldwin.
"It's like two games in five games doesn't seem like they care about player safety."
In dropping references to virtually every product he endorses Sherman made it clear how he feels players are seen these days - as little more than mouthpieces for brands and the NFL.
Still, the huge money he is hauling in from said endorsements leaves him safe in the knowledge that he can easily pay of any $100,000 fine that may head his way in the future.
The overriding message was fairly clear from Richard Sherman and his comedy partner. Players are beginning to become frustrated with being told what to do by the league with Sherman at least unhappy at them being used as mouth pieces for the league's initiatives.