Seattle Seahawks player Richard Sherman held a press conference today in Seattle where he compared being called a "thug" to being called the "N-Word."
After Sunday's NFC Championship game against San Francisco, Sherman gave a brief, but memorable interview in which he razzed 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree. Critics of Sherman repeatedly called him a "thug," notes Salon.com.
“The only reason it bothers me is because it seems like it’s the accepted way of calling somebody the N-word nowadays,” stated Sherman (video below).
“It’s like everybody else said the N-word, and then they say ‘thug' and that’s fine," added Sherman. "That’s where it’s kind of, you know, it kind of takes me aback. And it’s kind of disappointing, because they know. What’s the definition of a thug, really?”
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“I’ve fought that my whole life just coming from where I come from,” stated Sherman. “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.’"
Deadspin.com reported that following Sherman’s post-game interview, the word “thug” was used on television news broadcasts a whopping 625 times on Monday.