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      Richard Sherman: Double standard exists between race, fighting in sports Doug Kyed    NESNAPR 23, 2014 11:00p ET sherm_zps7a3227af.jpgCharles Krupa / AP Seahawks CB Richard Sherman participates in a panel discussion at Harvard University on Wednesday. Fights occur in nearly 30-percent of hockey games, and no one bats an eyelash, but Richard Sherman believes the reaction would be much different if there was as much hand-to-hand violence during a football game. The Seattle Seahawks cornerback said Wednesday during a panel on “Social Capital of the Savvy Athlete” at Harvard Business School that a double standard exists between race and fighting in sports. Houston Texans running back Arian Foster, Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald and former NFL player and NFL players association president Domonique Foxworth also participated in the panel.mmad_zps8d596f1f.jpg “It’s almost the angry black man syndrome, especially football players,” Sherman said. “I couldn’t imagine if there was a huge brawl on a football field, what the consequence would be, what the comments would be. There was just a huge brawl in baseball, a huge brawl. I haven’t heard about it since.” “Hockey they fight every day,” Houston Texans running back Arian Foster chimed in. “There was a day when they broke a record,” Sherman said. “They slapped the puck away two seconds into a game. Everyone said, ‘Man, this is good hockey.’” “The refs skate around and just watch it,” Foster said. “If we fight, it’s like ‘Those animals.’” “‘They’re monkeys, look at them,'” Sherman mocked. Sherman can only imagine what the media’s reaction would be if a fight happened in football similar to Sunday’s brawl between the Milwaukee Brewers and Pittsburgh Pirates. “That’s the frustrating part, the double standard, the triple standard,” Sherman said. “The way an athlete is viewed. The way an African-American athlete is viewed in football or basketball, the predominantly African-American sports. Just a brawl — imagine a brawl happening in football, and imagine the coverage.” It’s rare to see a fists thrown during a football game, but Andre Johnson and Cortland Finnegan’s fight from 2010 is the most notable from recent years.cort_zps07232f2e.jpg

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    • Anonymous

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      Stupid.  Only reason it would be shocking and be made a big deal  by the media is because it never happens. Not part of the sports culture.  Nothing to do with race. And if a mass fight did break out you can be damn sure the OL is going to be involved and half those guys are white.  It seems like Richard Sherman is an agenda driven poop stirrer.

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    • Anonymous

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      That is part of hockey. It isn’t about race it is about expectations. If they fought on a more regular basis in football then it would be an “acceptable” activity. The fact that there are comparatively few fights in the NFL makes it shocking. 

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    • Anonymous

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      Sounds like some black guy is mad that there aren’t more black hockey players.

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    • Anonymous

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      Its not a race thing.  The majority of baseball fights are with Latin players (simply because there are more) and hockey fights are mainly between white people (simply because there are more).  Neither of the purists of these sports claim that fighting is good for their sport, but the leagues have allowed it to be more accepted than the NFL.  Race baiting at its finest.

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    • Anonymous

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      Those fifteen yards are tough to give up!

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    • Anonymous

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      Its not a race thing.  The majority of baseball fights are with Latin players (simply because there are more) and hockey fights are mainly between white people (simply because there are more).  Neither of the purists of these sports claim that fighting is good for their sport, but the leagues have allowed it to be more accepted than the NFL.  Race baiting at its finest.

      Well and oddly for the race baiters audiences of both sports who are mostly white expect that, to borrow from them, animalistic behavior from the white hockey plays but do not expect that sort of behavior from the mostly black football players. If race were such a big deal shouldn't fan expectations  be that the thugs life crowd would be the aggressive fighting types?  Really the race problem here is almost exactly the reverse of what these guys want it to be.

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    • Anonymous

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      Its not a race thing.  The majority of baseball fights are with Latin players (simply because there are more) and hockey fights are mainly between white people (simply because there are more).  Neither of the purists of these sports claim that fighting is good for their sport, but the leagues have allowed it to be more accepted than the NFL.  Race baiting at its finest.

      Well and oddly for the race baiters audiences of both sports who are mostly white expect that, to borrow from them, animalistic behavior from the white hockey plays but do not expect that sort of behavior from the mostly black football players. If race were such a big deal shouldn't fan expectations  be that the thugs life crowd would be the aggressive fighting types?  Really the race problem here is almost exactly the reverse of what these guys want it to be.

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    • Anonymous

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      Fighting is legal ( per se ) in hockey. If two guys drop the gloves the refs don’t attempt to break it up until the fight has run it’s course. Then the two players are simply issued a penalty. Only sport where you can fight and not be ejected from the game.Also , fights in hockey aren't about trash talking and trying to disrespect your opponent like most Sherman are involved in. It's because sticks are flying around , hits are happening that are perceived as unnecessary ,etc , and people are bound to get pissed with one another. After the fight however the conflict is usually squashed and the players move on .So , that being said , the comparison is just stupid. If someone takes a shot at Sherman's knees and he fights them , no one would call him a thug. They call him a thug because he's all up in people's grill disrespecting them and being a dlck until a fight breaks out.

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    • Anonymous

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      The politics of victimhood.

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    • Anonymous

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      Racism is in everything. We cannot avoid it if we tried.For example. I stated that teddy would drop earlier this month because of the hype of the "black athlete." His stats don't compare with the other top qb's, and the defenses he faced were weaker.Now, because racism is in the eye of the beholder, ..am I racist for thinking that, or are the people who put him on that hype train because he's also black, racists?And in hockey,...yeah, us "white" guys love to fight. That doesn't mean people are fully behind it though. The terminology is different, but in hockey, they're usually called "goons."When you're one of the bottom rings of the sporting world, it's more acceptable as well. The nfl is nearly worldwide, so they try their best from a leadership standpoint to curtail the violence by fines and suspensions. Coincidentally, both white and black gentlemen signed up for that (players union/owners).Violence on the field is something that cannot be stopped completely unless they use robots as players. Penn and allen got into it (although idk what penn is), and not once was a race issue brought up.The people who bring it up seem like instigators.

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      “If we fight, it’s like ‘Those animals.’” “‘They’re monkeys, look at them,'” Sherman mocked.

      where does that belief come from? I have never heard or read anyone saying that about an NFL scuffle?

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    • Anonymous

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      Stupid, Fighting in hockey is accepted because they have been fighting in hockey since the beginning. It has nothing to do with race whatsoever.  If hockey had no fighting in it for the past 75 years then today there was a punch thrown in a scrum it would be a huge deal.

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    • Anonymous

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      I’m sorry Sherman has those beliefs – as I think he is about as wrong as can be. 

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    • Anonymous

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      Donald BrashearGeorges LaraqueJamal MyersSandy McCarthyPeter WorrellJean-Luc Grande-Pierre...all African-American players in the NHL who's main job was to drop the gloves. Don't recall them being called "monkeys" very often.

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    • Anonymous

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      Hockey has a position for the best fighter. Sherman is an idiot.

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    • Anonymous

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      Everyone says how intelligent Sherman is and brings up Stanford but the more I hear him talk I’m just not seeing it. 

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    • Anonymous

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      There are lots of ways to look at this--Hockey players are the lowest paid of the big 4 sports in the US.-Fighting has been part of hockey since the beginning.-Believe it or not there are rules around fighting in hockey.-Athletes in the NFL are the biggest, strongest, and pound for pound fastest guys in the world.  A hockey fight might result in a lost tooth or broken nose- the results of an NFL fight allowed to happen would be far worse.  This is why a professional fighter or someone highly trained in martial arts is held to a different standard than a regular person.-There are black hockey players and white football players.-Sherman likes attention and will get it any way he can.  Very soon he will be the highest paid player at his position in the league and yet he can still find stuff to complain about. -There is not a huge group of former players filing lawsuit against the NHL for injuries sustained.  The biggest reason for the wussification of the NFL is due to this.  Some players complain they are held to standards that are too high.  Others complain about the results of low standards.  We need to lock all these guys in a room and make them agree on something and then hold them to it.

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