Richard Sherman Says NFL Would Not Have Banned a Donald Sterling Type Owner

Richard Sherman (USATSI)
Richard Sherman (USATSI)

Richard Sherman doesn’t believe that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell would stand up to an owner the way his NBA counterpart, Adam Silver, did when he banned Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling for life for making racist comments.

Asked in an interview with Time Magazine whether he thought Goodell would take the same stance as Silver, who has been widely praised for his decision to rid the NBA of Sterling, Sherman said, “No, I don’t.”

Sherman, who signed a $57.4 million contract extension Wednesday with the Seattle Seahawks that makes him the league’s highest-paid cornerback, expanded on his comments by saying the league already dropped the ball on racial sensitivity with the way it’s handled the debate about the Washington Redskins’ name.

“Because we have an NFL team called the Redskins,” Sherman said, “I don’t think the NFL really is as concerned as they show. The NFL is more of a bottom-line league. If it doesn’t affect their bottom line, they’re not as concerned.”

Sherman also said he was not surprised by Sterling’s disparaging remarks about blacks and pointed to the criticism he endured following his nationally televised rant after Seattle beat the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC title game.

“I wasn’t really shocked or anything because of what I saw after the incident after the NFC Championship Game,” Sherman said. “You’ve got a lot of racial backlash, and a lot of racist comments that were uncalled for — I can never see a time where racism is called for. So it didn’t shock me as much as it would have had I not experienced that personally, had I not seen those things.

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