Richard Sherman should be applauded
Published: Monday, January 27, 2014
Updated: Monday, January 27, 2014 14:01
Almost overnight, Richard Sherman— the Seahawks’ player (with amazing interview skills) we’ve probably all seen by now—has become globally hated. After calling out Michael Crabtree during his arrogant post-game interview, he’s somehow made more Broncos fans than the actual Denver Broncos have. Most people will probably write his comments off to another cocky youngster. But bear with me when I make an outrageous claim: I liked Sherman’s interview.
Not as in I “liked” the video on Facebook. The video is entertaining, sure. When I saw it live, I was speechless. But it got me thinking...When was the last time I had ever seen a sports interview that was as gritty and testosterone-filled as the actual game itself? We’ve grown so accustomed to every pregame speech, retirement sendoff or postgame comment being humble, thankful and a bit Boy-Scoutish (if that’s even an adjective). Sherman said what he felt. It was not what he was told to say or what would get him a Nike deal. He said what he actually meant. That’s a rarity these days.
It’s easy to argue that gloating is never acceptable. It might set a bad example for children, or worse, make him the laughingstock of the entire Internet. Yet, if a public figure does something wrong and later issues a ham-fisted apology, nobody bats an eyelash. Take, for example, Tiger Woods. After his sex scandal was released to the public, he morbidly apologized. Whether he was sorry for what he did – or just sorry he got caught – we may never know. Once everything was out on the table, and the sex scandals turned into apologies, the story stopped being fun. The media, and all of America, was only concerned with the content and not intent. The apology might have been from the bottom of Woods’ heart. We know Sherman’s smack talking was.
Unfortunately, the media has already made Sherman into the bad guy, the next “YouTube fail” or the ever-collapsing superstar. In an interview with ESPN’s Skip Bayless, Sherman was scrutinized for his comments. It eventually led to a heated debate between the two. Sherman’s anger escalated until he told Bayless “I’m better at life than you,” to which Bayless hilariously responded, “That’s fair.”
So, within days, Sherman had already sprouted another poorly worded comment. Perhaps it’s pure media manipulation. Reporters are always searching for an idiotic story or getting under a celebrity’s skin until they pop. This is just a young man – only a few years older than I am – with the entire world watching him. He made a great play to send his team to the Super Bowl, and he wants the entire world to know. I don’t know when passion and competition became a bad thing, but I’m on Sherman’s side. He’s a kid having the time of his life. He doesn’t hide how he truly feels. Who cares if he’s not as tactful as Shakespeare when he proclaims to the world his emotions?
Nolan is a freshman majoring in English.