Richard Sherman on Being Called a Thug: "It's the Accepted Way of Calling Somebody the N-Word"

Richard Sherman held a press conference today for the first time since his classic postgame interview with Erin Andrews.

"The only reason it bothers me is that it seems like it’s the accepted way of calling people the n-word nowadays. … What’s the definition of a thug, really? Can a guy on the football field, just talking to people — maybe I’m talking loudly, or doing something I’m not supposed to be. But there was a hockey game where they didn’t even play hockey, they just threw the puck aside and started fighting. I saw that and I thought, 'Oh man, I’m a thug?' So I’m really disappointed in being called a thug."

On Monday, the interview and the reaction it sparked remained a hot topic of conversation. As measured by iQ Media1, the word "thug" was uttered more times on U.S. television on Monday, 625, than it had been on any other day in three years, reported Deadspin. According to iQ Media1 findings, the Boston television market led the nation with 36 uses on Monday..

Watch the video below..

Sherman grew up in Compton. His father has worked as a trash man there for 30 years. He says he fought his whole life to lose the "thug" stereotype, and it's a shame it's coming back now:
"I know some thugs and they know I’m the furthest thing from a thug. I’ve fought that my whole life, just coming from where I come from. Just because you hear Compton, you heard Watts, cities like that you think, ‘Thug. He’s a gangster. He’s this, that, and the other.’ And then you hear Stanford and that doesn’t make sense, it’s an oxymoron. To fight it for so long, and have to hear it come up again, it’s frustrating."

Here is the hockey fight he was referring to:

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Comment by Blaze on January 23, 2014 at 6:14pm
@ruckus.. do think it was classy of Brees, after helping to wreck his teams season over a year ago with interceptions and fumbles, to talk trash about older cripple veterans health care $$$ and hold out for a million dollars after his team offered him 22 and his teammates took pay cuts for him?
Comment by Blaze on January 23, 2014 at 6:03pm
@ruckus.. all of those guys you named have attitudes and talk trash but they hide it in the locker room. that doesn't make them classy. Besides, before Rogers won the Super Bowl, he was doing his title belt move, Manning and Eli showing anger and blaming their teammates for their interceptions, Brady cussing on the sideline, alienating from his teammates, trash talking, and baseball sliding against other players. Do you think that was classy?
Comment by 1THUG aka Tha NYCHA LEGEND!! on January 23, 2014 at 1:26pm
Ack like what you say negga!!
Comment by 1THUG aka Tha NYCHA LEGEND!! on January 23, 2014 at 1:23pm
Richar shermhead yous a busta and a actor!! Negga remind me of those black actors that portray roles of crackheads and criminals...then tryda talk all proper in inner views and on tha red car pit!! Like them neggaz from tha wire!!
Comment by RE-UP GFS GENERAL on January 23, 2014 at 1:20pm
a white athete wouldnt of gone about it the way he did simple as that !own it
Comment by 1THUG aka Tha NYCHA LEGEND!! on January 23, 2014 at 1:20pm
They knew I was thug after I beat tha shet outta Odell then stabbed heem wit a 4 inch buck knife in his stomach outside tha 24 hours check cashin spot!! Then when I robbed tha China man for his delivery food and breadd...then come to find out it had two orders of chicken wings and shrimp fried rice and a quart of shrimp lo main...and im allergic to shrimp and bullshet!!
Comment by mike on January 23, 2014 at 10:45am
football need drama like this it will make more people watch
Comment by Ill Will on January 23, 2014 at 10:29am
Comment by Instant Classic Productionz on January 23, 2014 at 8:19am
If you are still racist in 2014, shoot yourself NOW! Please.
Comment by ChronicSmoke on January 23, 2014 at 7:36am
@veiny d***. STFU



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