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Richard Sherman’s 9 Most Controversal Off-Season Statements

by: Penn Collins On  Friday, August 8, 2014

Richard Sherman's 9 Most Controversial Off-Season Statements

Most athletes and celebrities are controversial only as much as you allow them to be. They’re not leading armies and they’re not changing public policy. They’re on a public stage, but mostly, they’re just offering their opinions and demonstrating their personality. And Richard Sherman has done that in spades.

The All-Pro Seahawk cornerback has become something of the Kanye West of football. An undeniable talent whose outspoken rants either endear people to him or piss them off. And while many players are vested in his words (either as fans of this teams or the teams he plays/speaks out against), if you can set the feelings aside and just watch the madness, it’s sort of fun.

Richard Sherman's 9 Most Controversial Off-Season Statements

Most athletes and celebrities are controversial only as much as you allow them to be. They’re not leading armies and they’re not changing public policy. They’re on a public stage, but mostly, they’re just offering their opinions and demonstrating their personality. And Richard Sherman has done that in spades.

The All-Pro Seahawk cornerback has become something of the Kanye West of football. An undeniable talent whose outspoken rants either endear people to him or piss them off. And while many players are vested in his words (either as fans of this teams or the teams he plays/speaks out against), if you can set the feelings aside and just watch the madness, it’s sort of fun.

9. Adderall

Richard Sherman in April of 2013 supposedly claimed that half the league took  ADHD drug/legal speed Adderall. While no doubt that was hyperbolic, the league wasn’t thrilled with the statement and Sherman backed down, claiming he never said that.

Of course, Sherman was suspended for Adderall use a year prior, so he’s got a track record and certainly has opinions on the matter, but we’ll never know the truth of the matter.

9. Saying Half the League Takes Adderall

9. Adderall

Richard Sherman in April of 2013 supposedly claimed that half the league took  ADHD drug/legal speed Adderall. While no doubt that was hyperbolic, the league wasn’t thrilled with the statement and Sherman backed down, claiming he never said that.

Of course, Sherman was suspended for Adderall use a year prior, so he’s got a track record and certainly has opinions on the matter, but we’ll never know the truth of the matter.

8. DeSean Jackson

In regards to the Eagles cutting DeSean Jackson seemingly due to his loose gang affiliation(s), Richard Sherman said that it’s unfair to judge Jackson by “the company he keeps.” That rings true in a perfect world, but in the NFL, where it seems like there are as many criminal acts by the players as there are highlights, it seems like a perfectly reasonable thing to assume that bad company is a reflection on character and a propensity to commit bad acts.

Great. Now I’ve gone and made a controversial statement.

8. DeSean Jackson Comments

8. DeSean Jackson

In regards to the Eagles cutting DeSean Jackson seemingly due to his loose gang affiliation(s), Richard Sherman said that it’s unfair to judge Jackson by “the company he keeps.” That rings true in a perfect world, but in the NFL, where it seems like there are as many criminal acts by the players as there are highlights, it seems like a perfectly reasonable thing to assume that bad company is a reflection on character and a propensity to commit bad acts.

Great. Now I’ve gone and made a controversial statement.

Campbell’s Chunky Soup is disgusting, and I think this ad is the most reprehensible thing he’s done in his entire career.

7. His Support of Campbell’s Chunky Soup

Campbell’s Chunky Soup is disgusting, and I think this ad is the most reprehensible thing he’s done in his entire career.

After calling out Michael Crabtree in a post-game interview that bordered on schizophrenic, it seemed that Richard Sherman was on more of a personal vendetta against a still-smarting loser than his normal cute diatribe’s. Unfortunately, that rant after the NFC Championship still has ramifications. Sherman recently said that he hopes he can continue to go against Crabtree for his career so he can “choke him out.” Hmm. Pretty unpleasant choice of words.

6. His Continued Grudge Against Crabtree

After calling out Michael Crabtree in a post-game interview that bordered on schizophrenic, it seemed that Richard Sherman was on more of a personal vendetta against a still-smarting loser than his normal cute diatribe’s. Unfortunately, that rant after the NFC Championship still has ramifications. Sherman recently said that he hopes he can continue to go against Crabtree for his career so he can “choke him out.” Hmm. Pretty unpleasant choice of words.

5. Madden Cover

Handing the cover of the most popular annual video game to someone as outspoken as Sherman is a double-edged sword. It will get people talking about the game, it will piss people off (which also gets them talking), and it further adds fuel to most any fire surrounding Richard Sherman.

Then again, if he wasn’t running his mouth, would he still be in contention as a DB? Would he deserve to be? Not sure about the answers, but it seems that if a DB couldn’t get on the cover with the type of year Sherman had, then maybe there’s a bias there.

5. The Madden Cover

5. Madden Cover

Handing the cover of the most popular annual video game to someone as outspoken as Sherman is a double-edged sword. It will get people talking about the game, it will piss people off (which also gets them talking), and it further adds fuel to most any fire surrounding Richard Sherman.

Then again, if he wasn’t running his mouth, would he still be in contention as a DB? Would he deserve to be? Not sure about the answers, but it seems that if a DB couldn’t get on the cover with the type of year Sherman had, then maybe there’s a bias there.

4. Peyton

After the Super Bowl, Sherman claimed that one of the keys to their success was figuring out Broncos QB Peyton Manning’s hand signals. Most of the world figured it would probably take a team of Windtalkers and the NSA to crack Manning’s codes, but that’s just an assumption. No one knows if Sherman really did, but it gets everyone wondering.

4. Peyton’s Hand Signals

4. Peyton

After the Super Bowl, Sherman claimed that one of the keys to their success was figuring out Broncos QB Peyton Manning’s hand signals. Most of the world figured it would probably take a team of Windtalkers and the NSA to crack Manning’s codes, but that’s just an assumption. No one knows if Sherman really did, but it gets everyone wondering.

3. SI Cover

Classic Sherman trolling with “You Happy, Bro?” on the cover. After Sherman’s knockout year in 2013, I’m sure more covers are in his future, and probably more inflammatory statements than you’d get from a 14 year-old boy playing Xbox.

3. The July 2013 SI Cover

3. SI Cover

Classic Sherman trolling with “You Happy, Bro?” on the cover. After Sherman’s knockout year in 2013, I’m sure more covers are in his future, and probably more inflammatory statements than you’d get from a 14 year-old boy playing Xbox.

2. Vernon Davis

This one, in keeping with Sherman’s personality, is a little confusing. As mentioned above, Sherman and Crabtree went after it during the playoffs last year, and many of the 49ers stood up for their teammate. Vernon Davis said, “Sometimes you just need to shut your mouth.”

Sherman’s not very good at shutting his mount, but this summer, he opened it in support of Davis’ contract holdout. He’s not always the bad guy, but Sherman is always confusing.

2. Supporting Vernon Davis

2. Vernon Davis

This one, in keeping with Sherman’s personality, is a little confusing. As mentioned above, Sherman and Crabtree went after it during the playoffs last year, and many of the 49ers stood up for their teammate. Vernon Davis said, “Sometimes you just need to shut your mouth.”

Sherman’s not very good at shutting his mount, but this summer, he opened it in support of Davis’ contract holdout. He’s not always the bad guy, but Sherman is always confusing.

It’s hard to call two guys one-upping each other a “feud,” especially when Peterson himself admits it’s fun. But when Peterson became the highest paid corner in the league, he sent out humorously antagonistic Tweets to Sherman, who just responded with the above image. Not necessarily controversial, unless you’re Patrick Peterson, but our favorite moment of the year for Sherman.

1. Patrick Peterson Feud

It’s hard to call two guys one-upping each other a “feud,” especially when Peterson himself admits it’s fun. But when Peterson became the highest paid corner in the league, he sent out humorously antagonistic Tweets to Sherman, who just responded with the above image. Not necessarily controversial, unless you’re Patrick Peterson, but our favorite moment of the year for Sherman.



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