Posts Tagged ‘Richard Sherman’

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After an offseason when Richard Sherman was placed on the trade block, Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider has refuted the notion of a deteriorating relationship between the club and their star cornerback.

Sherman earned his fourth consecutive Pro Bowl nod, but his season was marred by controversy. He openly ripped into head coach Pete Carroll and offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell for their playcalling during a Dec. 15 victory over the Los Angeles Rams. Sherman then threatened to revoke a reporter’s credential when he asked Sherman about the incident.

It didn’t stop there, however. In May, Sherman emerged as the central component of a bombshell story that alleged he’d thrown numerous tantrums since losing Super Bowl XLIX and hurled expletives at Russell Wilson in practice.

Sherman, Michael Bennett, and a handful of Seahawks denied the veracity of the story.

“We were never, ever in a bad place,” Schneider said on 710 ESPN Seattle, per Bob Condotta from the Seattle Times.

Both parties have moved on, focusing on the upcoming season, although recent history suggests Schneider may not be altogether truthful regarding Sherman.

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Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson made his first public comments Friday about a recent article by ESPN’s Seth Wickersham that claimed there’s discord in the team’s locker room.

In it, Wickersham alleged the team’s defense has grown tired of the pass the offense, and in particular Wilson, has been given in recent seasons by the coaching staff.

“I didn’t really read the article, I just heard about it,” Wilson told reporters after Friday’s OTA session, going on to praise his teammates.

“We play a hard-hittin’ game. There’s always tension,” he said with a laugh. “I don’t think it’s a negative tension. When you love something, you’re passionate about what you do every day … we come out here to win.”

Wilson described the Seahawks as “ultimate competitors,” and dispelled the notion that there’s a line between the team’s two units, pointing to Seattle’s results.

“I wouldn’t say it’s divided. From my perspective, I believe that we’re a team that’s been in the playoffs, we’re a team that keeps winning. I don’t think teams do that if they’re truly divided,” he said.

As for any issues between he and outspoken cornerback Richard Sherman, Wilson said he’s happy to have him as his teammate.

“I think Richard Sherman’s one of the best teammates I could ever ask for,” he said. “I think that he’s a great teammate. I think he’s going to be a Hall of Fame cornerback as well. I’m glad he’s on our team.”

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Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman vehemently denied the notion that he doesn’t get along with quarterback Russell Wilson during an interview Thursday.

ESPN The Magazine’s Seth Wickersham wrote a story titled “Why Richard Sherman can’t let go of Seattle’s Super Bowl loss” detailing a June 2014 incident where the cornerback allegedly yelled “you fucking suck” at Wilson after intercepting him in practice.

Wickersham also reported that Sherman took the Seahawks’ Super Bowl XLIX defeat harder than anyone.

The four-time Pro Bowler appeared to be incensed by Wickersham’s story.

“It’s just a bunch of nonsense from ‘anonymous’ sources. Can never put much gravity of things like that,” Sherman said on SiriusXM NFL Radio.

Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett was also infuriated by the story, deeming it “trash” and “gossip” in a tweet.

Sherman was reported to be on the trade block after the 2016 season ended, with the New England Patriots allegedly expressing interest in him, but no deal came to fruition.

For the time being, the Seahawks are coming together in defense of their teammates.

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Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman is no longer on the trade block.

Sherman has been the subject of rampant trade discussion, with the New England Patriots reportedly interested in acquiring the four-time Pro Bowler.

Seahawks general manager John Schneider revealed on April 20 that a deal would be unlikely, and head coach Pete Carroll doubled down on that Thursday by stating there’s no chance of Sherman being traded.

“People can always call you, and there were some people, there were some conversations. I don’t think they’re going to change. I don’t think anybody’s going to offer us anything that would make it worthwhile, because there’s no draft involved and all that kind of stuff. But that’s always out there. There’s always opportunities to trade,” Carroll said on 710 ESPN Seattle.

“But the likelihood is like zero percent, it seems like. Teams don’t want to give up stuff. They don’t want to trade at times like this, and it’s really hard to navigate through a trade with experienced players during draft time. It just doesn’t happen very often.”

Carroll said that every player on the Seahawks’ roster is available for the right price, however, indicating that the offers for Sherman were substandard.

“Everybody on our team is available to somebody that wants to come get them if they want to trade for them,” the coach said.

“We don’t want to trade guys. We want to keep our guys. But we have to in an effort to always work to be better and help our team. We’ve got to listen and all that. So we went through that process. There was very open conversation about that. There was no animosity at all.”

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Many of the NFL’s issues regarding inconsistent policies and its rule book have been exposed and criticized this season by fans, players, and media alike.

Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman has been at the forefront of pretty much every major discussion since breaking onto the scene in 2012. On Thursday, he published a piece on The Players’ Tribune entitled “Common Sense,” where he broke down his disagreements with how the league treats its players.

Sherman criticized the NFL’s attempt to take emotions out of the game in order to hold players to undefinable high standards, which it failed to do itself after botching yet another domestic violence investigation, Josh Brown‘s. Sherman admitted he has some sympathy for the league having to deal with domestic violence, as no two cases are the same, but he still can’t get behind their actions – or lack thereof.

The All-Pro said, in reality, the NFL just wants players to play and that’s it:

I think if the NFL had its way, we would all be robots. We would all be perfect human beings off the field so that the league would never have to deal with another p.r. nightmare and everybody would smile and nod and hand the ball over to the official after a touchdown or a big play.

The funny thing is, if the NFL did have its way, we would lose what makes our game great. We would lose what draws fans to the sport.

We play a game. Part of the joy of watching that game is seeing the emotion on display. Seeing the passion. If guys didn’t play with passion and just went out there and went through the motions, I think people would stop watching.

We’re already seeing a bit of that. TV ratings are down, and I think we can point to the NFL legislating the emotion out of the game as a contributing factor. The NFL is enforcing a policy against celebration. Against joy. Against fun. It’s something I know a lot of players are frustrated with, and it appears that fans may be as well.

Sherman also pointed out an issue with league officials telling players to “act like they’ve been there before,” when they, including commissioner Roger Goodell, haven’t actually been there before.

The issue of Goodell’s all-encompassing power means any NFL policy can be overruled just as quickly as it’s implemented.

The commissioner simply has too much power.

At the end of the day, fans don’t want to watch robots. They want to watch players having fun and showing emotion. I’m with them. I think what they also want is for the league to be consistent in its discipline. To be transparent. To do what it says it’s going to do and to use a little common sense.

I don’t think that’s too much to ask.

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Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman became the latest to condemn Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump for his comments about grabbing a women’s genitals on Wednesday.

Audio from a 2005 conversation was released on Friday, where Trump spoke pejoratively about women to television host Billy Bush, telling him that he attempted to have sex with a married woman at the time.

Trump later downplayed his comments as “locker room talk”, a notion that several athletes, including LeBron James, Michael Bennett, and Jamal Crawford, among others, dismissed.

“I think it was a cop out. He needed some way to divert attention from himself,” Sherman said according to Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times.

Sherman also downplayed the prospect of squaring off exclusively against Atlanta Falcons superstar Julio Jones on Sunday. The Seahawks’ All-Pro cornerback usually plays the left side of the field, regardless of opponent, and it’ll be compelling to see whether Sherman shadows the NFL’s third-leading receiver.

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Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman has developed a reputation as one of the more socially and politically aware players in the NFL.

Sherman joined 710 ESPN Seattle radio on Monday to discuss the Seahawks’ upcoming season and share his thoughts on the upcoming U.S. election.

After a host joked that Sherman would be his write-in nomination for president, the All-Pro cornerback laid out his plan for office in a humorous matter, for the most part.

“I would respectfully accept that nomination,” Sherman said. “I think I’d have a pretty ingenious plan for our economy to spark more jobs. I’d obviously lower my own tax bracket, but compared to the candidates we have, I’d do a great job.”

Sherman hinted that young well-spoken receiver Tyler Lockett would make a good running mate, while veteran pass-catcher Doug Baldwin would be his Secretary of Defense because “he’s an angry guy.”

When it came time to discuss his country’s debt, the 28-year-old Stanfordgraduate turned down the humor and spoke about something he sees on a weekly basis in his line of work.

“I’d get us out of this deficit,” said Sherman. “I’d stop spending billions of taxpayer dollars on stadiums and probably get us out of debt and maybe make the billionaires who actually benefit from the stadiums pay for them. That kind of seems like a system that would work for me.”