Richard Sherman Doesn’t Care About Your Fantasy Football Team, Says It Dehumanizes Players (Video)
Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman says players “don’t care about your fantasy team,” and the reason he gives to support that claim makes an awful lot of sense.
Speaking to reporters following the Seahawks’ 46-18 throttling of the Colts, Sherman argued that fantasy football dehumanizes players.
“I think a lot of people, a lot of fans out there have looked at players even less like people because of fantasy football and things like that,” Sherman explained. “You go and say, ‘Oh man, this guy got hurt.’ You’re not thinking, ‘Hey man, this guy got hurt—he’s really physically hurt and he’s going to take time to recover and it’s probably going to affect his mental state and his physical state and now he has a long, rigorous rehab.’ You’re thinking, ‘Oh, man, he’s messing up my fantasy team.'”
Sherman’s take on the dark underbelly of fantasy football came after a reporter asked how players feel when teammates get injured. Seahawks running back Chris Carson suffered a significant ankle injury in the win over the Colts.
Sherman said injuries to teammates are “devastating,” which is why players are sick of fantasy football.
“I think that’s why you see the frustration from a lot of players saying they don’t care about your fantasy team,” he said. “They don’t care about how it affects your fantasy team because these are real players, this is real life. This is real life and this is their real job and that’s affecting their well-being.
“Now, your fantasy team may not win, and hey, guess what, you’ll live the next day. This is their well-being. They may not ever get another shot. They may never get another down, another play. And I think that’s why it’s so devastating for players. Thankfully, I don’t think [Carson’s injury is] as serious as we first thought, hopefully, God willing. Trying to be optimistic in this situation.”
To those who might respond to all this with some variation of, “yeah, but they’re getting paid millions of dollars,” it’s worth pointing out two things. First, most NFL players don’t have guaranteed contracts, so when they get seriously injured, they’re screwed. Second, even rich people are people—you know, with feelings and emotions, all that stuff. It wouldn’t kill us to keep that in mind.
Hat Tip – [ESPN]