whole-mango asked: I positively applaud your story on Richard Sherman, you would make an excellent journalist.
*For the journalistic integrity of this article, I will withhold all names and places where the event occurred.*
Richard Sherman has been a hot topic in America ever since his post-game interview on Sunday.
After the game Erin Andrews, reporter for Fox Sports, asked the All-Pro corner what his thoughts were on the final play.
His response was heard around the world.
“Don’t you ever talk about me!” Sherman told Fox Sports’ Erin Andrews Sunday night. ”Crabtree! Don’t you open your mouth about the best, or I’m gonna shut it for you real quick.”
In light of this, my journalism class at my University decided to analyze this interview and see how Erin Andrews handled the situation after his initial response.
A male student in the class, responded, “First of all. Richard Sherman acted like a complete gorilla. He shouldn’t be allowed on a football field.“
Students laughed and chuckled and my reaction was one of complete anger and disbelief.
Richard Sherman has been my favorite player ever since he graduated from Stanford in 2010 with a degree in Communications. He as well as I both got accepted from Stanford after living in cities that have horrible reputations (Compton, CA and Maryvale, AZ respectively). Even though I’m a fan of a different team, I still root for him whenever I can.
The male student continued to say that, “If that is how he acts on the field of course that is how he is going to act in reality.” He also went along to say that, “He [Richard Sherman] was only admitted to Stanford because he was a standout football athlete and not because of his grades.” “Communications is such an easy major too,” he added. “A baby could do that.”
Yes, you’re absolutely right. Am infant could graduate from a school that only accepts 6.6% of students that apply.
If this student took the time to do research before he opened his mouth, he would know that, “Sherman got straight A’s and took Advanced Placement classes at Dominguez High School in Compton, Calif., and chose to accept a football scholarship at Stanford University in part because of its academic reputation…” (ABC News). He also runs a charity and has never uttered a curse word in an interview.
My response could have been milder, but in the heat of the moment I proclaimed this student to be, “A fuckin racist.” It was a moment where what I was thinking just came out of my mouth. The teacher heard my response and looked as if the devil himself was standing in the room. I was then asked to leave the class. I picked up my things and left in disbelief.
I was asked to leave. Not the student who called Richard Sherman, “A gorilla.”
This account just goes to show that racism is live and in full effect in America.
So be careful what you say in class because you could be kicked out. Don’t have a voice and just listen to what your teacher tells you.