Seahawks' Sherman equates being called 'thug' to N-word

Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman celebrates after defeating the San Francisco 49ers in...

Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman celebrates after defeating the San Francisco 49ers in the 2013 NFC championship game at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Jan. 19, 2014. (STEVEN BISIG/USA Today)

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Richard Sherman wants you to know that he knows what you mean when you call him the T-word.

Addressing media Wednesday about his post-game tirade against Michael Crabtree at Sunday’s NFC title game, the Seattle Seahawks cornerback equated criticism that referred to him as ‘thug’ to calling him the N-word.

“The only reason it bothers me is because it seems like it's the accepted way of calling somebody the N-word nowadays,” Sherman said. “Because they know.”

Sherman also made reference to Saturday’s line brawl between the Calgary Flames and Vancouver Canucks.

“There was a hockey game where they didn’t even play hockey, they just threw the puck aside and started fighting,” he said. “I saw that, and said, ‘Oh man, I’m the thug? What’s going on here?’“

Born in Compton, Calif., and a graduate of Stanford University, Sherman makes the point that although he grew up in an place notorious for gang violence he’s had to fight the ‘thug’ label his entire life.

“I know some ‘thugs,’ and they know I’m the furthest thing from a thug,” he said. “I’ve fought that my whole life, just coming from where I’m coming from.

“Just because you hear Compton, you hear Watts, you hear cities like that, you just think 'thug, he’s a gangster, he’s this, that, and the other,’ and then you hear Stanford, and they’re like, ‘oh man, that doesn’t even make sense, that’s an oxymoron.’

“You fight it for so long, and to have it come back up and people start to use it again, it’s frustrating.”


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