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

Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman held a press conference Wednesday in which he addressed the backlash to his fiery post-game rant this week and the fact that so many people called him a thug. In fact the word was dropped quite a lot this week, and Sherman said it’s “disappointing” to hear so many people use the term. He even went so far as to say it’s a more socially acceptable way of calling someone a n*gger.

Sherman’s comments drew out some real racism online, with people actually dropping the n-word to disparage him, but most people stuck to criticizing him as a “thug.” Sherman already addressed that term in a column he wrote, but today he went one step further to fire back against that particular criticism.

“It seems like it’s the accepted way of calling somebody the n-word nowadays. It’s like everybody else said the n-word and then they say ‘thug’ and they’re like, ‘Oh, that’s fine.’”

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He continued on to say, “I know some thugs, and they know I’m the furthest thing from a thug,” admitting it’s been “frustrating” and “disappointing” to hear that word used against him.

Watch the video below, via ESPN:

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