A Refreshing Response, A Sour Reaction
January 24, 2014
January 24, 2014
Immediately following the Seattle Seahawks victory over the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship game, Seahawks corner back Richard Sherman gave a brief, passion-filled interview about the play that ended the contest.
Watching at home, I was enthralled – I’m a sucker for a good athlete quote. But my thoughts were not shared by everyone.
Fox, for instance, had Erin Andrews cut away from the interview as she was about to ask a third question. They had great content, so why not run with it?
In the immediate aftermath of Sherman’s now infamous interview, a discussion took place on the acceptability of what he said. Some called him a thug, something Sherman did not take kindly to being called.
Sherman, himself, wrote a very nice response to the criticism in which he chalked his words up to the emotion of the game (the interview took place minutes after the conclusion, mind you) and that any perception of his character as a person should come from his off-field activities. And he’s absolutely right.
Sports are very emotionally-charged, but we have a certain set of standards we’ve come to expect from them when they’re in front of the media. When they deviate from the norm, the public perception is that it’s a bad thing.
When so many athletes sling clichés on a regular basis, things like this tend to stand out. It’s okay to be a little stunned by it.
We like our athletes to say as little as possible, to be humble and to be respectful. Quite frankly, I find that boring.
It’s nice when people like Richard Sherman shake things up a bit and say things that get under people’s skin. It drives more interest in the product.
People lose sight of what’s at the very heart of sports – that it is entertainment. We play sports, we watch sports and we talk about sports because they entertain us.
What Richard Sherman did was entertaining. Let’s leave it at that.