Richard Sherman: ‘Thug’ Is Accepted Way Of Calling Someone N-Word

Source: Ryan Wilson / CBS Sports

Richard Sherman‘s post-game rant Sunday night has overshadowed every other Super Bowl storyline, even the ones involving Peyton Manning‘s relative struggles in the postseason and/or cold weather.

During a Wednesday press conference, Sherman was asked if “thug,” a word that was used often on message boards and social media to describe the Seahawks cornerback, bothers him more than any other term.

“The reason it bothers me is because it seems like it’s an accepted way of calling somebody the N-word now,” he said. “It’s like everybody else said the N-word and then they say ‘thug’ and that’s fine. It kind of takes me aback and it’s kind of disappointing because they know.

“What’s the definition of a thug? Really? Can a guy on a football field just talking to people [be a thug?] … There was a hockey game where they didn’t even play hockey! (Laughter from the media) They just threw the puck aside and started fighting. I saw that and said, ‘Ah, man, I’m the thug? What’s going on here?'” (More laughter from the media). So I’m really disappointed in being called a thug,” he said.

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  • debaslaughter

    I’ve read numerous posts where people called Richard Sherman a “thug” when in actuality, Michael Crabtree displayed the thug-like mentality when he refused to shake Sherman’s hand! People are forever jumping to the wrong conclusion without first knowing the whole story. After the facemask shove by Crabtree, I am sure it took a lot for Sherman to walk away, and talking trash was the lesser of the two evils! GO SHERMAN!