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Richard Sherman speaks on police brutality and the ‘stick to sports’ mantra

Sherman joined Jim Trotter, Steve Wyche, and Chris Long

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On Wednesday morning, NFL Network’s Jim Trotter and Steve Wyche spoke about the “stick to sports” mantra. They were joined by Chris Long and San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman. It’s impossible to “stick to sports” when you see what’s going on in the United States. There are plenty of fans that feel this is inconvenient, as Long pointed out because you turn on your TV or come to Niners Nation or wherever you get your sports news from and rightfully expect to hear or read about sports. Long said, “if you hate it so much, go figure out a way to help, and we won’t hear about it so much.”

Sherman comes in around the 3:19 mark below: “Sports bring so many people together. Those same people who wear the jerseys and cheer on their favorite players, they don’t think about race or ethnicity when they’re cheering on their favorite player or favorite team. But as soon as you go outside of that stadium or outside of sports, then it matters to some people. I’m not saying it’s all people because it’s not.”

Sherman cited an example of a white man dying from police brutality and how social media was upset because there wasn’t the same outrage. Sherman said, “that’s another reason to support this cause. And that’s another reason for you to support Kaepernick’s cause. He didn’t say, ‘Police brutality is simply against black people,’ he said ‘police brutality.’ Those people are the same people that are the problem. They’re not looking for a solution. They’re looking for a combative way to rationalize fighting against the issue, and that’s the frustrating part.”

You can watch the entire eight-minute video below: