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I know a lot of folks are not going to agree with what I am about to write, and I completely understand why they may/will. After the Seattle Seahawks defeated the San Francisco 49ers for the NFC Championship, Seahawks Cornerback Richard Sherman, gave a post game interview that will be hard to forget!
Erin Andrews approached Sherman asking him to take her through the final play where Sherman tipped the ball to teammate Malcolm Smith who came down with an Interception to end and win the game for Seattle. Sherman's response was filled with emotion, adrenaline, and a whole lot of attitude!
Well I'm the best Corner in the game! When you try me with a sorry Receiver like Crabtree, that's the result you gonna get. Don't you ever talk about me!"
An awkward silence would follow before Erin Andrews, who was taken back quite a bit, asked, "Who was talking about you?"
Michael Crabtree. Don't you open your mouth about the best or I'm going to shut it for you! L.O.B."
Instantly social media was booming! People took to Twitter voicing their opinions on Sherman's antics. Some found it comedic, most found it disgraceful. A few found it admirable. Oddly enough, I was one of them!
Normally I am one who is not for such an athlete or person in general that displays actions like Richard Sherman did. But then I realized, I am like Sherman in some ways! Feeling of anger and total lack of respect at times, despite all I have accomplished. If you think about it, Sherman served as a mouthpiece for many people who feel under appreciated. For example, at our places of employment, a lot of us go well above and beyond and do so much more than what is required out of us, without any sign of appreciation from our superiors! Our emotions and frustrations begin to build up inside of us from the rejection, and before we know it, we explode and sometimes it is towards the wrong people.
Luckily for Sherman, in his case, he got to have that platform to release all of the negative energy built up inside of him. Then he explains why he is the best at what he does and no one can say otherwise! If we all had such a platform ready and available for us whenever we needed to vent, then perhaps we would all feel better once we got whatever we needed to get off our chest!
Was what Richard Sherman did right or wrong? I will let you decide that for yourself, but one thing is for sure, whenever we as people feel that we have been wronged, we all want our voices to be heard and speak our minds the way Richard Sherman did! Whether it be our superiors at our place of employment, those who have taken advantage of us, or those who get ahead of us even by doing less, we all would/do love to speak our minds!
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