Richard Sherman isn't just one of the most outspoken people in football, he's one of the most outspoken people in sports period. Whether it's screaming about Michael Crabtree or asking Tom Brady 'U Mad, Bro?' the guy always says what's on his mind, pretty much all the time. It truly is refreshing.
Because of that, it's also not surprising that in a recent interview with GQ, Sherman didn't hold back on any number of topics, including the media.
A question about the seemingly never-ending parade of "insiders" who cover the sport led to a fantastic take on the "draft experts" who pop up at this time of year.
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It's more funny than it is frustrating. I don't really care. I think of it as them talking to a bunch of sheep who will believe anything anyway. So I just laugh. Because they have no idea. Every year they sit here and make all these predictions about who's going to get drafted and where and how they have all this inside information, and then when the guys don't get drafted there, and what they predicted doesn't happen, there's no ridicule. There's no criticism. It's just, "Oh, we got that one wrong... AGAIN. We'll get 'em next year."
And people keep watching! It's the funniest thing in the world. In any other aspect of life, in any other walk of life, if somebody gets something wrong enough and they're called a professional... I'll put it like this, if a weatherman kept predicting the weather wrong, people would stop listening to him. But they keep listening to these guys!
When asked whether Sherman thought those opinions are exclusive to football, he said this:
I don't know. I think it's just sports in general. They're allowed to criticize with no consequence. They can join onto the onslaught. If a player had a bad game, they can just pile on with everybody else, and of course they're not going to be criticized.
That was just part of what was a truly fascinating interview with Sherman, who touched on other topics such as concussions, the physical toll football takes on your body and how differently an outspoken player is treated versus an outspoken media member.
The guy is clearly one of the most insightful dudes in all of sports, and the interview is definitely worth a few minutes of your time.