There’s been a screenshot making the rounds of an alleged comment by NFL star Richard Sherman (Seattle Seahawks) made on a random blog post, which has been erased but not before someone “took a screen capture” of it. It looked like a fake. A modicum of common sense would have indicated it was fake, but a lot of websites ran it without investigating. We opted not to run it because, well, we knew it was fake. We’re secretly but not secretly high-fiving ourselves over this small victory. Actual high-fives, not that weird handshake thing Trump and Carson did last night. That was just…awkward.
However, word of the Sherman Imposter got to Richard Sherman himself, and while he (shockingly) never actually wrote it, he did address some of the content…
“I think as long as we have black-on-black crime and, you know, one black man killing another — if black lives matter, then it should matter all the time. You should never let somebody get killed — that’s somebody’s son, that’s somebody’s brother, that’s somebody’s friend. So you should always keep that in mind.”
“The climate we’re in — everybody’s being more accepting, you know, so I think the ignorance should stop. I think people realize that, at the end of the day, we’re all human beings. So, you know, before we’re black, white, Asian, Polynesian, Latino — we’re humans. So, it’s up to us to stop it.”
Here’s the crazy thing: the journalism malpractice never needed to take place. Sherman’s comments are pretty dang interesting, and pretty dang reasonable. But reasonable doesn’t sell headlines. Truth is a tough sell in 2015.
Three cheers for Richard Sherman.