More Than A Rant

Published: Jan 20, 2014 19:40pm EST
By DaVeon Smith, Sports Writer for Konsume Sports

Please Note: This article was updated Jan 20, 2014 @ 07:52pm EST


(Seattle, WA)


Last night, the Seattle Seahawks took on the San Francisco 49ers in a battle for the NFC Championship and a trip to the SuperBowl. On the final play, Seattle’s star cornerback Richard Sherman batted down a pass from San Fransisco’s Colin Kaepernick that led to a game ending interception. What was an amazing game and an excellent performance by Richard Sherman quickly became over shadowed by a post-game interview that definitely got everyone’s attention. 


The interview set social media websites such as Facebook and Twitter abuzz with both jokes and insults. More importantly, the aftermath of Sherman’s interview as played out on social media shed light on a greater topic of humility in sports. We as fans and spectators of sports play into these respectability politics when in instances like this, we choose to denegrate and personally attack the person who does said antics. This issue of humility in sports is not new, in fact respectibility politics plays out in an interesting way, every day in certain competitions. Sports such as golf and baseball have unwritten code of conducts that highly discourage cocky and arrogant behavior after achieving a spectular feat.  However, in the realm of basketball and football this behavior is generally more accepted due to the physical and aggresive nature of the sport. 

Many people may argue that a professional athlete is supposed to handle their humility in a way that is quiet and without noise. No greater example than this was an article by Dan Bernstein for CBS Chicago last month.

In Bernstein’s article, he chides Derrick Rose for being a selfish player by taking his time recovering from a season ending injury. As well, he highlights Rose's unwillingness to stick around a rebuilding effort, despite the Bulls' prospect for a Championship being bleak. Not only does it cast Rose in a negative light, it misconstrues the meaning of humility. To be humble is not an admission of silence. One should be outspoken when it is deserved.

Similar to the Sherman interview, an easier route would have been to stay quiet and let actions progress as they may. On the contrary, these athletes did not do that. Since they did not choose to go the route of silence, this does not make them any less respectable as human beings.  They have every right to speak up. However, as fans we have no reason to personally attack them or make racially directed comments at them due to their outspokenness or in any many cases, what seems to be misplaced arrogance. 


The events that took place on social media platforms after the interview should not be tolerated and have no place in sports. Sherman's boastful interview is not the end of the world. Fans, spectators, and jornalists need to stop overreacting when something of this nature happens. To be honest, Sherman's interview was quite entertaining. It was in the moment after a hotly contested game between the NFC's best teams. Cut him some slack. Vitrial attacks on his character and race are far worse than the interview he gave and are completely unnecessary. 

Both Sherman and Rose are outstanding citizens off the field and that's what should count. They both give back to their community and carry themselves in a way that should be admired. When it comes to their personal character, that should speak more for them than some interview or clamoring from league insiders. 


Comments (7)

  • shaunmerritt   Jan 27, 2014 @ 10:29AM
    Let's not forget that he was interviewed almost immediately after the play. You can't really hold it against him for speaking his mind on what was going through it that very second. Yes, we would have preferred that he spoke on behalf of his team and not boast about himself, but in the heat of the moment, there is a single player in that league that is not thinking that way. Besides, lets not act like Brady is the prototype for a good "teammate." -

  • Lance Rinker   Jan 22, 2014 @ 11:27AM
    I posed a hypothetical, not a "we know for sure" scenario. Maybe he wouldn't, I don't know because I'm not Brady.

    But my point is that Sherman would not be dealing with the kind of detestable comments and behavior towards him if he didn't come off as the "angry black man" that seems to still have certain Americans shaking in their boots for some reason. It'd be nice if our society could move on from those kind of stereotypes because they serve no purpose. -

  • Michael Owen   Jan 22, 2014 @ 10:01AM
    But there's the difference Lance, Brady wouldn't have done that. With all the accolades he gets, his first response is usually that he couldn't have done it without his team -

  • Lance Rinker   Jan 21, 2014 @ 03:07PM
    I don't believe it has anything to do with personal character or any of these other narratives being bandied about right now. Essentially, and this is just my opinion, Sherman made the 'mistake' of being arrogant and black at the same time. The man is a phenomenal athlete, made the play that sent his team to the Super Bowl, him and Crabtree have some bad blood (Crabtree tried to start a fight with him at a charity event last year), and so Sherman called him out.

    If this were Tom Brady or any other great white athlete this would be a non-issue and those same people calling Sherman all kinds of horrible things would sit back and laugh at how 'crazy' or 'silly' <insert great white athlete here> got post game. -

  • Michael Owen   Jan 21, 2014 @ 08:12AM
    it's a nice piece DaVeon, But mis-placed. Entertaining, yes...but very mis-placed. Sherman's "personal character" took the focus off of an incredible TEAM win and put it on himself. This has nothing to do with race or social media or anything but a "me first" attitude which does run rampant these days. There was nothing to be admired about it and it was a disgrace to the "team first concept". I'm a white guy and I would have busted my son in the mouth if he had done that.

    It was selfishly driven and THAT in and of itself speaks to character. The fact that Sherman, Pete Carroll as well as the Seahawks all issued apologies today speaks volumes how out of line it was. -

  • DaVeon Smith   Jan 20, 2014 @ 10:32PM
    Thank You, Mike. I look forward to reading your recap. Its very interesting how people call for class, but get so upset and forget to use it themselves. -

  • mds2929   Jan 20, 2014 @ 09:09PM
    Excellent work, DaVeon. I'm going to have a massive link dump re: Sherman on my personal recap blog tomorrow, but needless to say that there is great irony to be found when one examines the tone and content of many of the messages bashing Sherman for lacking "class." -

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