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America can’t handle a non-boring pro athlete

BENJAMIN F. CHAVIS JR. | 2/3/2014, 6:35 a.m.

On Twitter, on other social media and among sportscasters, he was referred to as “brute thug” or “crazy wild man on the field” or “black nigger player.” The New York Post ran the headline, “Richard Sherman: Thug label is code for N-word.”

But the images don’t match reality. Sherman graduated second in his high school class, with an A average. At Stanford, he excelled academically and athletically. Yet, because of his strong personality and “threatening” dreadlocks, some people feel free to pile on when he’s down.

What they won’t tell you is that upon further review, as they say in the game, Sherman is seen reaching out to shake Crabtree’s hand and the gesture was rejected by Crabtree. It was then that Sherman exploded, reminding Crabtree that he is the best cornerback in the NFL. No, he is not a thug, just a confident athlete who starred on the big stage.

As the biggest of the big stages approaches, all eyes will be on Sherman. We say we get tired of the usual clichés that characterizes the speech of athletes and coaches. Yet after Sherman broke the mold, he was criticized by those same sports writers who profess to want something different. Of all the things Sherman said two weeks ago, he spoke loudest on the football again.

Benjamin F. Chavis Jr. is President of Education Online Services Corporation and the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network and can be reached for lectures, consultations or for other information at: http://www.drbenjaminfchavisjr.wix.com/drbfc.