By now, everyone on the planet with a TV, radio, laptop or media device has heard the infamous post-game rant of Seattle defensive back Richard Sherman. No doubt as I type, someone has found a way to turn it into an Antoine-Dobson-esque Autotuned track with bass and syncopation not to mention animation perfect for YouTube.
Be that as it may, whether you liked the delivery, timing, brashness or not – you cannot doubt for a minute that the ultimate winner in this entire debate is none other than Richard Sherman.
He used both brains and brawn to get on a path to success – he maintained Honors-level grades at Stanford, arguably the most respected university west of New England. He is a Pro-Bowl level player on his way to the Superbowl. He had Dr. Dre on the sideline with him since he just launched a Beats by Dre headphone publicity run. He has his own line of “Shutdown” accessories for sale. He’s in a Nike commercial with Kobe Bryant where he kinda looks like the better athlete.
AND he has every media outlet in the nation hanging on his every word, tweet and Instagram post
I have to admit, I didn’t 100% love the rant. If you’re the greatest, let others recognize you for that. You don’t have to tell us. You most especially don’t have to shout it at us. But I never dismissed him as being a round-the-way thug who let his mouth run away with him. (NTTAWWT – Not That There’s Anything Wrong With That)
I like to give people the benefit of the doubt. And I hate the quick-trigger reaction of “some people” who simply cannot abide seeing a person of color succeed and then talk about their success. President Obama strolling to the podium at the White House Correspondent’s Dinner with “All I Do Is Win” playing on the speaker – EPIC. Beyoncé singing about being a Grown Woman with the awesome line “Bitches, I run this” in the chorus – here for it. Kanye… no, he needs help. Bless his heart. Let’s move on.
For those who say that race has nothing to do with the reactions we’ve seen to Sherman’s uber-enthusiastic self-aggrandizement, I invite you to scroll though the comments sections of any other of the gajillion articles currently floating around. Wince-worthy. As we say in the community – “MLK ain’t go to the mountaintop for this.” The dream is yet unrealized, good people. But I digress, back to @RSherman_25.
Richard Sherman won. He won the game, he won the internet, he won the endorsements, he's winning his life. What next I wonder? What happens next? Now that the eyes of the world are on you and you have one the largest platforms at your disposal – what do you do with it? Do you use the microphone for good or for gain? One thing I do know, we’ll all be watching.
What did you think of Sherman’s speech? Do share…