Richard Sherman doesn't believe NFL would have banned Donald Sterling for life
MAY 07, 2014 8:52p ET
NBA commissioner Adam Silver set a league precedent and drew widespread praise when he banned Donald Sterling from the league for life after the Los Angeles Clippers owner was found making racist comments.
But Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman, who just signed a $57.4 million contract extension with the Super Bowl champs, told TIME magazine's Sean Gregory he didn't think the NFL commissioner Roger Goodell would have followed suit had any of the teams' owners been caught doing the same thing:
"Because we have an NFL team called the Redskins. I don't think the NFL really is as concerned as they show. The NFL is more of a bottom line league. If it doesn't [affect] their bottom line, they're not as concerned."
“The NFL is more of a bottom line league. If it doesn't [affect] their bottom line, they're not as concerned.”
The outspoken Seahawks cornerback, who was put through his own media ringer after his hyped-up outburst after the NFC Championship game in January, also said he was not surprised at the racist remarks made by the Clippers owner when the Sterling tapes were released.
"You've got a lot of racial backlash, and a lot of racist comments that were uncalled for — I can never see a time where racism is called for. So it didn't shock me as much as it would have had I not experienced that personally, had I not seen those things. ...
It showed me that America still had some progress to make. On equality, and understanding that it doesn't matter what color you are, you treat people as people. And whether a good person or a bad person, you don't judge them off the color of their skin. ... In that situation, it just seems like a lot of people gave him a lot of flack, well deserved, but you know — I feel like a lot more people were surprised then they should have been.
That's why a lot of people shy away from the conversation that I forced on us in January. People want to it to be done, they want that uncomfortable truth to be over with, they want the racism to be done, they want to believe everything is great and hunky-dory. And it's not. There's a lot of racism still alive and still active. And it just forced America to rethink it once again. And to really, really understand that racism isnât gone. We have to actively push it out. And snuff it out."
Sherman said he hoped the Sterling scandal would help re-open the discussion on whether or not Washington owner Dan Snyder should change the name of the Redskins.
"I would hope it would help. It'd help reinitiate the conversation. And at least there would be another discussion. You know, I think the discussion has stopped. And the public has just accepted it. And I think there should be more conversations. But it is what it is."