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Seattle Seahawks' Richard Sherman speaks at a news conference after the NFL football NFC Championship game on Jan. 19, 2014.

Because Redskins: Richard Sherman Says NFL Wouldn't Ban a Racist Owner


Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman is known for speaking his mind, and now he's calling out the NFL for its racism in the wake of the NBA's Donald Sterling incident.

Sterling, owner of the L.A. Clippers, was banned for life from associating with the Clippers or the NBA over a tape of racist remarks Sterling made to his girlfriend V. Stiviano.

In an interview with Time.com, Sherman was asked whether the NFL would take similar action against an owner in a comparable situation, and his answer was a simple one:

"No I don’t. Because we have an NFL team called the Redskins."

Sherman characterized the NFL as "more of a bottom-line league" that won't change unless there is money at stake, and added that the continued use of the Redskins team name "says a whole lot."

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In response to the interview, the Oneida Indian Nation released a statement in which OIN Representative Ray Halbritter, who is also behind the Change the Mascot campaign, characterized Sherman as part of a tradition of "athletes who have been willing to use their public platform to demand justice." 

"Richard Sherman has not only honored the courage of all the athletes before him who fought for civil rights, he also has sent a powerful wake-up call to the NFL," Halbritter continued. "Richard Sherman has let every player in the NFL know that they don’t have to be silent -- they have a right to stand up and say that professional sports should not be marketing and promoting racial slurs."


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Sam Lo Balbo
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Submitted by Michael Madrid on
I'm enthused that more players are choosing to speak out in this controversy, but I'd like to see more fans speaking out. It's the fans who exhibit the outrageous behavior and the most vehement racism. I'm hoping that as more players speak out more sports fans will follow (it's what they do best) and develop some empathy for Native people.

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Submitted by Hope on
I am angry that this team is still allowed to use this name. What does that say about the capitol of the United States? Not much I guess. I often wonder when the leaders of this nation point a finger at other nations saying clean up your human rights violations, do those other nations point their fingers back and say you first.

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Would you like to show your feelings about the Washington team AND help a cause that is addressing youth suicide in Indian Country? Visit www.FlyingWithEagles.org and consider purchasing a Washington Palefaces tee-shirt or sweat shirt. The profits all go to developing Native American youth as leaders to work in their communities with their "at risk" peers in the areas of suicide prevention, substance abuse, physical and sexual abuse. While you're on the website take a look through the "News-Links" page. One last thing ... we'd love to get a picture of Richard Sherman is one of these tee shirts if anyone knows how to get in touch with him. Aho