A Thug By Any Other Name Is Still A Thug, Or Is He?

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.


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  • He didn't come off well in the heat of the moment, that's for sure. But if you're looking to professional athletes for your role models, maybe you're the one with the problem.
    I imagine that athletes seek to develop the skill of keeping their mouth shut along with their prowess on the playing field if they want to garner more endorsements or TV gigs.
    Good food for thought and I am glad you revisited the issue.

  • In reply to Kathy Mathews:

    As usual Kathy, you got it. And I wanted to get in on the Big Game fervor, for this weekend.
    Thanks for reading, and I knew what you meant.

  • ps - I meant 'you' in the rhetorical sense, not YOU. :)

  • Look, I get that you're basically saying that 'thug' is just a proxy for the N-word. So if we sit here and say "can't use the thug word anymore", just call it the T-word, then what? There will be another word that will take it's place. And on and on and on. The idea will still be there regardless of the word, and that idea will find a way to express itself.

  • In reply to Chenjesu:

    I'm simply trying to say there are some who the slur thug fits perfectly, criminals and my idea, any bully or those who attempt to intimidate someone weaker than themselves.
    But I appreciate your reading and commenting.

  • I always tell our daughters that no one sees the first punch, but they always see the follow-up. This is one of those cases. No one talks about how rude and petty the guy who refused to shake Sherman's hand was. Everyone talks about his reaction. Now that he has won the Super Bowl, I doubt he cares what anyone thinks.

  • In reply to Shari Schmidt:

    Yeah, it's usually two or even three sides to every story.
    And as I see it their on the field performance said it all.
    Thank you for reading and commenting.

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