Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman, along an assist from teammate Doug Baldwin, blasted the National Football League (NFL) during a press conference on Tuesday for its media polices. Their antics stem from the league fining teammate Marshawn Lynch $100,000 for not speaking to the media a week ago among other reasons.
Sherman stood on the side of the podium while Baldwin crouched below it and held a life-size cardboard cutout of him. They unloaded on the NFL and its policies. From the start it was apparent that the two were taking aim at the NFL.
Sherman talked about Lynch’s fine, suggesting that the NFL wouldn’t have paid Lynch $100,000 for talking to the media but it made sure to fine the amount for not talking. From there he attacked the league’s policy on players wearing Beats By Dre headphones. The league has banned players from wearing the popular brand of headphones before, during, and after a game when cameras are. The rule is due to league’s exclusive sponsorship deal with Bose. Sherman, who has an endorsement deal with Beats by Dre, voiced his displeasure of the rule.
Sherman continued to blast the NFL in his press conference. He pointed out how the league does not allow players to endorse alcohol. Yet, one of the league’s biggest sponsors is Anheuser-Busch. He referred to the league as being hypocritical. He threw in a plug of Campbell’s Soup.
“My girl was sick this week, she got to eat some Campbell’s soup,” the Seahawks star cornerback said. Ironically, he has an endorsement deal with the company, meanwhile Campbell’s Soup is a sponsor of the NFL.
The two addressed games being played on Thursdays. Baldwin asked how he felt about playing two games in five days. Sherman replied with sarcasm stating how the league cares about players’ safety. But making him play two games in five days appears they do not care about such a thing.
The game the two were alluding to is their Thanksgiving matchup against NFC West rivals the San Francisco 49ers. Seattle defeated the Arizona Cardinals 19-3 on Sunday, while the 49ers downed the Washington Redskins 17-13. Thursday games have met criticism. Critics blame the bad quality that is accustom to the midweek games to the fact players are banged up and tired from playing on the previous Sunday.
From there they concluded the interview by making more damaging remarks before asking the media rhetorically if there were any more questions. Baldwin grabbed the cardboard and both walked off. The pair of Seahawks was a punch into the gut of the NFL. They made a mockery of the league’s rules, particularly how their rules seemingly involves money. At one point Sherman said, “got to make some money.”
Sherman is no stranger to brass outbursts. He blasted 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree following the NFC Championship Game back in January. Sherman called Crabtree “sorry” after the Seahawks topped the 49ers. In 2012 he got in the face of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady following a Seahawks win. Antics like Tuesday’s press conference appears to be the norm for him. But Tuesday was very unique.
It was a very entertaining and well-thought out ploy by Sherman and Baldwin. It is certain the league is not laughing. It is a matter of how, not if, the NFL will come down on the two with punishments. The Tacoma News Tribune posted a video of Sherman blasting the NFL in his press conference.
Commentary by King Motley
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