Richard Sherman said he was “impressed” by white quarterbacks who have used their platforms to speak up on police violence and discrimination against black people after the death of George Floyd.
“I’m impressed with the white QBs speaking up because those are voices that carry different weight than the black voices for some people,” Sherman told Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated. “Which means the people who refuse to listen to a black athlete’s perspective will hear the same thing said from a white athlete, but receive the message much differently. So it’s awesome that more people are speaking out, because in sports, you really have a love and appreciation for your fellow man, regardless of race.
“And I think that’s what makes sports and teams so special, because a lot of the stereotypes are torn down. You really get to know one another, not judge based off nonsense.”
Quarterbacks like Tom Brady, Carson Wentz, Joe Burrow, Ryan Tannehill and Derek Carr are among the active NFL QB’s who have spoken out after George Floyd was seen on video with a knee on neck for eight minutes that led to his death.
“The black community needs our help. They have been unheard for far too long. Open your ears, listen, and speak. This isn’t politics. This is human rights,” Burrow’s tweet read.
The San Francisco 49ers cornerback said athletes using their public platforms should depend on the individual.
“Not everyone has something to say and not everyone who’s an athlete should be forced to,” Sherman said. “There are many successful people in this world with platforms, but not everyone should speak.”