Houston Forward Times

22 January 2014 Written by  Jeffrey L. Boney

RICHARD SHERMAN: HE HAS A RIGHT TO SPEAK HIS MIND

ShermanI am about sick and tired of hearing everybody knock the oft-opinionated and brash Seattle Seahawks cornerback, Richard Sherman, because of his post-game rant as he had a microphone and camera shoved in his face after making the game-winning play in the final seconds against their NFC West rivals, the San Francisco 49ers, to send his team to the Super Bowl.

 Sherman, who is in his third-year as one of the best defensive shutdown corners in the NFL, became the center of national attention when he dropped the mic after one of the most epic interviews you will ever see.  I loved it myself. 

“I’m the best corner in the game!” exclaimed Sherman as he was being interviewed by Fox Sports’ Erin Andrews. “When you try me with a sorry receiver like Crabtree, that’s the result you are going to get! Don’t you even talk about me!”

“Who was talking about you?” Andrews asked.

“Crabtree. Don’t open your mouth about the best or I’m going to shut it for you real quick,” Sherman continued.

If you don’t know by now, Sherman was talking about San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree, who Sherman claims shoved him in the face after running over to shake his hand and tell him he played a good game.

I felt like I was watching professional wrestlers Ric Flair or the Rock, as they would often grab the mic, talk trash and call out their opponents.  I mean, it was some of the best TV you could have ever seen.

Sherman has never been shy about speaking his mind, as he has had verbal beef with everyone from his ongoing rivalry with Tampa Bay cornerback Darrelle Revis to going at ESPN’s “First Take” host Skip Bayless, eventually calling the host “ignorant, pompous and egotistical.”

Of course, there was also the famous picture he posted on Twitter of himself getting in the face and taunting future Hall of Fame quarterback Tom Brady, after a Seahawks come-from-behind victory against the New England Patriots.

Talking trash isn’t anything new for this guy.  It’s just who he is and I can’t be mad at him for it. He is not the first man to talk trash and he won’t be the last.

Anybody ever hear of Floyd Mayweather or Muhammad Ali?

Now, I’m a big Floyd Mayweather Jr. fan and I am never bothered by the antics of Mayweather.  There are many people though that hate him and can’t stand him because of it. In my estimation, he is the best pound-for-pound defensive fighter to ever dawn a pair of boxing gloves.

I have been a boxing fan for some time and for me to say someone is the ‘best’, when there have been so many outstanding fighters over the years, is not a stretch concerning Mayweather.

Mayweather has a swagger and cockiness about him that is different than most athletes in sports.  He flashes money, talk’s noise, hangs with celebrities and rocks some of the nicest material possessions you can find.  But, he can do that.  He works hard in the gym, handles his business affairs and talks noise and backs it up. 

And don’t forget Muhammad Ali. Do you remember some his famous quotes and trash talk?

“I am the greatest,” or “After the fight I’m gonna build myself a pretty home and use him as a bearskin rug. Liston even smells like a bear. I’m gonna give him to the local zoo after I whoop him,” which is what he said prior to Ali’s (then Cassius Clay) first title fight against Sonny Liston in 1964 or when he called Joe Frazier a “gorilla.”

Ali was a trash-talker to the core and so were other folks like Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley and even White sports athletes like John McEnroe. 

McEnroe is beloved by many people, but I remember when talking about Ivan Lendl, he said, “I’ve got more talent in my pinkie than Lendl has in his whole body. The guy hasn’t been good for tennis. He’s been so selfish. And he’s certainly not the kind of guy who brings out the best in others. He’s hurt the popularity of the game so much. Do you like a robot being the world number one?”

Look, Sherman is not a thug by any means and there is nothing wrong with what he said or did. Most people just don’t have the guts to do what he, and others before, have had the guts to do.

Sherman has gotten more respect from me NOW, than I had before his rant after the game. He graduated second in his class at Manuel Dominguez High School in Compton, CA.  He played football and ran track, and received a football scholarship to the prestigious Stanford University where he overcame an injury and switched from wide receiver to cornerback. Lastly, the man graduated from Stanford with a communications degree in 2010. 

Bottom line, Sherman knows how to communicate and knows exactly what he’s doing and everyone has fallen hook-line-and-sinker for it. While people keep trippin’ on what he said, over a five-hour span on the day following the game, he added about 117,000 followers on Twitter.

I applaud Sherman for craftily elevating his profile and giving people a reason to love him or hate him.  I choose to love his play and I look forward to a great Super Bowl performance, as well as his life as a color analyst after he finishes his career.

Jeffrey L. Boney serves as Associate Editor and is an award-winning journalist for the Houston Forward Times newspaper.  Jeffrey is a Next Generation Project Fellow, dynamic, international speaker, experienced entrepreneur, business development strategist and Founder/CEO of the Texas Business Alliance.  If you would like to request Jeffrey as a speaker, you can reach him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .