I really don’t care about Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman’s verbal attack on San Francisco 49ers receiver Michael Crabtree during an interview with Fox Sports after the NFC Championship Game.
However, the rationalizations of his behavior by some members of the chattering class are rather interesting.
From Tommy Tomlinson in Forbes Magazine: “If you stick a microphone in a football player’s face seconds after he made a huge play to send his team to the Super Bowl, you shouldn’t be surprised if he’s a little amped up.”
From Joe Posnanski at www.joeposnanski.com: “Compared to the usual pointless, passionless, perfunctory postgame interviews, this thing was a bit like the first time people raised on Bing Crosby saw Chuck Berry play rock ‘n’ roll. Instead of clichés, we got fury.”
From Cory Jennerjohn at www.madison.com: “I would much rather listen to Sherman bark and scream than hear another canned interview of a player or coach rattle off that he wants to take it one game at a time.”
Sherman’s own justification is a real pip.
He actually said, “Don’t judge a person’s character by what they do between the lines. Judge a man by what he does off the field, what he does for his community, what he does for his family.”
In other words, he’s entitled to behave like a jerk just as long as he does it within the parameters of his profession.
Yes, Sherman posted a 3.9 grade point average at Stanford University and has volunteered at a charity camp for children with Down syndrome. These facts are also being used to justify his nationally televised act of idiocy.
Janet Yellen is a graduate of Brown and Yale universities, a former chair of the Council of Economic Advisers, and owner of a mantel full of awards and honors. If she makes a misstep by saying something emotional as chair of the Federal Reserve System, do you think the media will line up to try to find some logic in her actions?
Former U.S. Rep. Patricia Schroeder was eviscerated by the media when, in 1987, she wept while withdrawing from the presidential race. I don’t recall anyone stepping forward to put an editorial arm around her shoulder and say there is nothing wrong with getting caught up in the emotion of the moment.
Ever since rising to positions of public prominence, women have been stereotyped as being unable to control their estrogen long enough to get the job done – that they can’t have their fingers on the nuclear button when they’re having their periods.
However, a male athlete screams and trashes a competitor at a time when his emotions should have elevated him to a higher level and the scribes rush to induct him into the Fifteen Minutes of Fame Club.
Could we expect anything more in a society that spends billions of dollars to convince men that they need to take pills to increase their testosterone?
Even if Sherman steers clear of performance-enhancing drugs, his latest performance just might give a whole new meaning to hormone replacement therapy.