“Don’t you open your mouth about the best or I’m gonna shut it for you real quick.”
These words, spoken by Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman after arguably the biggest play of his season, caused a media uproar, inspiring everyone from your typical tweeter to respected news outlets to call Sherman a “thug” and other derogatory and racial slurs. Although the interview focused on Sherman bashing San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree, the real bashing of Sherman after the interview video went viral reflected poorly not just many social media users, but on the media as a whole.
As a man who completely beat his circumstances in life to become successful, Sherman should be characterized by the media for what he really is: an inspiration. Not many can boast about getting into Stanford University, and even fewer can boast about graduating with a 3.9 GPA from Stanford. Sherman is one of those people. Not only is he an incredibly well-spoken and intelligent man, but he gives back to the community. Sherman helps children who are in low-income neighborhoods by giving them the tools to do well in school. The “Blanket Coverage” charity founded by Sherman provides children with school supplies and clothes that are crucial to being successful in the classroom. The charity also hosts events such as dinners and charity softball games for fundraising. But according to the media, Sherman is a low-class thug who does not deserve America’s respect or admiration.
In a society where who you are is established by what you do, it is strange that everything good about Sherman is being trumped by a single interview. Fox Sports has tried to remedy the situation through numerous discussions, all of which basically come down to Sherman’s interview showing his intensity as a player and his passion for the game. But the damage has been done, and people are more willing to believe the story of another thug football player than that of a man who is truly passionate about not just his profession, but about helping kids growing up in situations like his have a chance at success.
--by Jordan Hendricks, PRSSA General Member
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