The brouhaha over the 29 second rant by Seattle Seahawks Cornerback, Richard Sherman is moving into another phase.
Game time will let the athletes prove their mettle.
As a Seahawks fan, in name only, since a friend who loved the team so much, is no longer here to cheer them on, I accepted the task.
But after watching the infamous interview, I joined another bandwagon, although I never would have called the player the vile, hate-filled racist names, that were hurled at him, I did react.
On Twitter, which gives me and others a kind of fearless abandon to say what we think. I shared, how loud and uncouth I thought Sherman was.
Yelling in the interviewer's face, must have been pretty intimidating.
But upon further review as the officials say, a few of us have tempered our reaction to the player.
In a subsequent news conference, the back story came out.
The humiliation of being rebuffed by his opponent, when Sherman went to extend his hand in a "great game" gesture.
Sincere or not, the perception is all we have to gauge our feelings.
The ultimate insult among all those directed at him, Sherman said was thug.
After a hard and tumble early life, going to Stanford University, and graduating with honors, some words the football player never expected to hear.
He and others feel it is a code word that can be uttered with immunity.
Sometimes the box we try to force someone in, simply does not fit.
I'll bet there are those who would relish being called thug, those trying to emulate the "thug life". Maybe misguided and uninformed is a better choice.
As we all should realize, words can hurt, even to those we think won't feel it.
Well, I still think Sherman was loud, but as he said, "big play, big reaction."
Can't deny that.
Enjoy the game.