In the final moments of the NFC championship game on Sunday, January 19, 2014, Seattle Sehawks Cornerback, Richard Sherman, made an outstanding defensive play, ending the 49ers final drive and sealing victory for the Sehawks. In a post game interview with Erin Andrews, Sherman chose to give a testosterone induced, all about me, 15 second rant about being the best cornerback in the league. In response, the twitterverse exploded with predominantly negative comments, many tweeting that Sherman is a thug, which in turn invoked the fury of both right-wing and left-wing pundits, in support of and in opposition to the twitter stream. On Wednesday January 22, Sherman, in a press conference about the controversy said
The only reason it bothers me is because it seems like it's the accepted way of calling somebody the N-word nowadays...It's like everyone else said the N-word and they said 'Thug' and they're like, 'Ah, that's fine.' That's where it kind of takes me aback and it's kind of disappointing.
To set the record straight, no, its not. I'm sorry, Mr. Sherman, if the twitterverse hurt your feelings by calling you a thug, but face it dude, it's twitter, it's largely anonymous, if they wanted to call you the N-word, they would call you the N-word, and probably without the editorial abbreviation . It is almost... almost encouraging, that you seem to have grown up in a world where the former word has such little significance that you can equate it with the latter, but let me assure you, it aint even close.
You see, polite society began using the N-word abbreviation , because it was the one word that embodied hatred, disdain and social injustice; it was the moniker for racism and all things racist. When somebody called you that, you knew exactly what they meant, and in short, them was fighting words. Moreover, the subsequential discussion of the meaning of the word thug proves it doesn't bring with it, a universal definition.
You are not a thug. You were salutatorian of your high school class, you attended Stanford and you are a world-class athlete. Your unfortunate rant, however, was unbecomming of a man with a degree in Communications from Stanford, and yes ... a little thuggish.