Coming just a day after NBA legend and Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan spoke out against police brutality, outspoken NFL cornerback Richard Sherman gave his own perspective on race issues in America in an interview with Domonique Foxworth of ESPN’s The Undefeated.
The Seattle Seahawks standout was asked how he felt about the deaths of black men in police shootings and the subsequent ambush-style killings of officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge, La. After saying he understands the grief some families are experiencing, Sherman added that “police officers have a duty and a job. They sacrifice a lot to protect and serve.” But he also said that some officers “don’t do it the right way. I also understand that people shouldn’t get killed just because of the color of their skin. They have a right to a trial.”
Sherman then addressed the Black Lives Matter matter movement. “We hear a lot about Black Lives Matter,” he said. “But I think race was created. I think everybody is a human being first and then the color of their skin wouldn’t matter if nobody told you it mattered, if that makes any sense.”
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Sherman went further, talking about what he sees as hypocrisy within the BLM movement. “It’s hard to formulate an opinion and generalize because they have several different messages,” he said. “Some of them are peaceful and understandable and some of them are very radical and hard to support. Any time you see people who are saying, ‘Black Lives Matter,’ and then saying it’s time to kill police, then it is difficult to stand behind that logic. They are generalizing police just like they are asking police not to generalize us. It is very hypocritical. So, in that respect, I find it difficult to fully support that movement.”
Not backing down from being potentially criticized by BLM supporters, Sherman emphasized, “I stand by what I said that All Lives Matter and that we are human beings.”
The Pro Bowler then had a message for police. “I want African-Americans and everybody else treated decently,” he said. “I want them treated like human beings.” But in return, Sherman stated, “I also want the police treated like human beings. I don’t want police officers just getting knocked off in the street who haven’t done anything wrong.”
h/t: The Daily Caller
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