Richard Sherman Ignores Football to Address Police Shootings at Weekly Press Conference (Video)
Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman earned a reputation as a loudmouth jerk thanks to his infamous Crabtree rant after the 2014 NFC Championship Game. But first impressions can be deceiving. Sherman is actually a thoughtful, well-spoken individual. And on Wednesday he demonstrated this again by using his weekly press conference to address the national anthem protests and the most recent round of police shootings.
“I’m not going to answer any questions today, and it’s no offense to you guys, but I think the state of things in the world today is very interesting,” Sherman told reporters.
“I think you have players that are trying to take a stand and trying to be aware of social issues and try to make a stand and increase peoples’ awareness and put a spotlight on it, and they’re being ignored. Whether they’re taking a knee or whether they’re locking arms, they’re trying to bring people together and unite them for a cause. I think the last couple days, a couple more guys have gotten shot and killed in the middle of the street. More videos have come out of guys getting killed, and I think people are still missing the point. The reason these guys are kneeling, the reason we’re locking arms is to bring people together, to make people aware that this is not right. It’s not right for people to get killed in the street.”
Sherman’s remarks came on the heels of two more fatal police shootings. Last Friday, Terrance Crutcher, 40, was shot and killed by police in Tulsa, Oklahoma. On Tuesday, Keith Lamont Scott, 43, was shot and killed by police in Charlotte, North Carolina.
While the exact circumstances of these shootings have yet to be parsed out, they are part of the larger ongoing trend and are thus unsettling.
“I do a lot of community service,” said Sherman. “I go out there and try to help kids and try to encourage them to be better and to aspire to more. And when you tell a kid, ‘When you’re dealing with police, just put your hands up and comply with everything,’ and there’s still a chance of them getting shot and no repercussions for anyone, that’s an unfortunate time to be living. That’s an unfortunate place to be in.”
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