Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman has said he doesn't think NFL commissioner Roger Goodell would have dealt with LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling the same way as NBA commissioner Adam Silver.
Sterling, who was taped allegedly making racist comments, was banned for life from the NBA, fined $2.5m and will be forced to sell the Clippers franchise.
And when asked by Time Magazine if he thought Goodell would dish out the same punishment in the NFL, Sherman said: "No, I don't."
Silver drew praise from across the sporting and non-sporting world for taking decisive action, but Sherman - who signed a new $57.4m deal with the defending Super Bowl Champion Seahawks this week - believes the NFL wouldn't make such a decision, citing the NFL's response to the controversy over the Washington Redskins team name.
"Because we have an NFL team called the Redskins," Sherman continued. "I don't think the NFL really is as concerned as they show. The NFL is more of a bottom line league.
"If it doesn't effect their bottom line, they're not as concerned."
And Sherman went on to say that he wasn't even that surprised to hear such a high-profile person like Sterling allegedly holding those racist views.
Sherman, who is now the best paid cornerback in the league after a magnificent season for the championship winning Seahawks, was subjected to a torrent of racially charged abuse after his post-match TV interview following his late game-saving play against the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship Game.
"I wasn't really shocked or anything," he said. "Because of what I saw after the incident after the NFC Championship Game. You've got a lot of racial backlash, and a lot of racist comments that were uncalled for - I can never see a time where racism is called for.
"So it didn't shock me as much as it would have had I not experienced that personally, had I not seen those things."
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