Americans hate trash talk. That explains why Richard Sherman is more reviled than a con man, adulterer, cheap shot and steroid user.
On Monday Sports Illustrated published a list of the most disliked people in sports. Predictably Donald Sterling placed first, while Sherman ranked seventh ahead of Jeffrey Loria (34th), Tiger Woods (16), Ndamukong Suh (13) and Lance Armstrong (11).
Sherman’s public image took a nosedive when he called out Michael Crabtree in an ESPN interview with Erin Andrews following the 2013 NFC Championship. Since then, the Seattle Seahawks All-Pro has drawn the ire of Colin Kaepernick, Patrick Peterson, Darrelle Revis and others.
It wasn’t so long ago when New York Jets linebacker and fellow All-Pro Bart Scott voiced a similar outburst on camera to ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio. Perhaps because the game drew less viewers, or since Scott didn’t reach a Super Bowl, viewer reactions were far less vile.
The SI ranking shouldn’t be a surprise to Sherman, and if anything can be used as fuel for motivation. But the Stanford graduate needs to guard his back the next time he’s in downtown San Francisco.
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