Don Lemon: ‘Cut [Richard Sherman] Some Slack’

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Richard Sherman, Richard Sherman, Richard Sherman. Everybody’s talking about Richard Sherman and his post-game interview.

If you listen to the interview, it is obvious one of the producers in the control room told Erin Andrews to wrap it up in her earpiece.

She confirmed that on a radio show yesterday. She says she wanted to continue but the folks in the control room were a bit nervous about what Richard Sherman might say next.

I wanted to hear more. Didn’t you?

Richard Sherman and Michael Crabtree continued their fight on Twitter that night and the next day.

Sherman says he went in on San Francisco 49er, wide receiver Michael Crabtree because of a beef from the past. Apparently something happened at a charity event last year; someone tried to fight somebody. It’s obvious the two just don’t like each other. We’ve all been there.

Well, this probably won’t be popular with a lot of people but I saw it live and I laughed and I didn’t think twice about it, not until social media blew up.

People calling him a showboat, loud, low-class, disrespectful, even a thug and probably worse.

A thug, really?

Okay, let’s just all take a deep breath here and really think about it. The guy had just made the winning play.

Not only had he made the winning play, but he made the winning play against his nemesis in the last moments of the game, the game that the play that will take him and his team to the Super Bowl.

What?!

I was talking smack and I was at home watching it on my couch.

There were people in sports bars around the country who were talking more smack than Richard Sherman and they have never even stepped on a football field.

Sure there’s such a thing as sportsman like conduct and winning gracefully, and I believe in it; most of the time.

But on this one, under those circumstances, all hopped up on adrenaline, cameras pushed right in front of his face? Cut the man some slack. And stop calling him names, especially the racist ones.

The fact that your mind even went there says more about you than it does about Richard Sherman.

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