Everyone and their mother has been speaking about Richard Sherman and his actions against wide receiver Michael Crabtree of the San Francisco 49ers.
The beautiful thing is that Sherman has been allowed to think about this firestorm of attention and write for Sports Illustrated's MMQB. In his most recent post, Sherman talks about the things that he learned after America discovered him. It's definitely some riveting commentary:
"No one has ever made himself great by showing how small someone else is. That’s not mine. It belongs to Irvin Himmel. Somebody tweeted it at me after the NFC Championship Game. If I could pass a lesson on to the kids it would be this: Don’t attack anybody. I shouldn’t have attacked Michael Crabtree the way I did. You don’t have to put anybody else down to make yourself bigger. "
Sherman even talked about Race and the factor it played in the discussion in social media and in general:
It’s not all black and white. Race played a major part in how my behavior was received, but I think it went beyond that. Would the reaction have been the same if I was clean-cut, without the dreadlocks? Maybe if I looked more acceptable in conservative circles, my rant would have been understood as passion. These prejudices still play a factor in our views because it’s human nature to quickly stereotype and label someone. We all have that.
Let's hope Sherman puts together a book eventually.