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Seeing Richard Sherman in the Mirror

January 23, 2014
Photo courtesy of SeahawkScreamer

Photo courtesy of SeahawkScreamer

Seattle Seahawks won the NFC championship game last Sunday. They will be playing in Super Bowl XLVIII on February 2. However, that is not what is being talked about in the news. The big news story is about Richard Sherman – more specifically, his post-game interview with Erin Andrews. Coming off an absolutely amazing play that preserved Seattle’s 23 – 17 victory, Sherman was, to put it mildly, overly exuberant about the play.

In the days that have followed a decidedly different tone has emerged. We have learned a lot about Richard Sherman and about twists in the rivalry between Sherman and the 49er’s. We have heard from numerous people who know him beyond the football field. It has helped us better understand this moment in the broader context of his life.

Richard has also reflected on the incident. He has apologized to his fans and his teammates. He has shown class and character in facing up to his actions. He has learned some valuable life lessons and grown as a person through this adversity.

However, in the end, it is not what Richard Sherman learns that matters most. It is, “What do the rest of us learn?” Even if we could make Richard behave perfectly on and off the field, we still have our own classless, petty, vindictive acts to deal with. When we have that worked out, we have earned the right to work on Richard. Until then, we would do well to focus on the mirror, not the spot light.

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  1. Anna Assink permalink
    January 23, 2014 5:37 PM

    Wise observation about an embarrassing situation. I did notice Erin wasn’t complaining…..

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