Sean Gregory of Time Magazine sat down with Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman to talk about a variety of subjects, including Donald Sterling, the Los Angeles Clippers owner who was recently exposed (in a private but taped conversation) as a racist.
The Gregory-Sherman conversation took an unexpected, yet logical, turn.
To the racist nickname of the football team that plays on the edge of Washington D.C.
Here’s what Sherman had to say:
NBA commissioner Adam Silver banned Donald Sterling for life. Do you think if an NFL owner made similar comments, would commissioner Roger Goodell react in the same way, and do you think an owner would be banned for life?
No I don’t. Because we have an NFL team called the Redskins. 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 effect their bottom line, they’re not as concerned.
Do you hope the Sterling incident can be a touchstone to force some change on the Redskins issue?
I would hope it would help. It’d help reinitiate the conversation. And at least there would be another discussion. You know, I think the discussion has stopped. And the public has just accepted it. And I think there should be more conversations. But it is what it is.
You’re confident that the NFL would not have reacted like the NBA did because they already have a team name like the Redskins. So to you, that says a lot, right?
It does. It says a whole lot.
End of interview.
Sherman is correct. It does say a whole lot that Goodell and the NFL sit back and do nothing about the Redskins racist moniker.
For the rest of the Gregory-Sherman conversation, and it’s a good one, go to time.com.