Posted January 21, 2014

Hank Aaron tweets support for Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman

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Richard Sherman had 8 interceptions in the regular season. (Michael Thomas/Getty  Images)

Richard Sherman had eight interceptions in the regular season. (Michael Thomas/Getty Images)

MLB great Hank Aaron sent his support to Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman in a tweet on Tuesday.

Aaron’s message to Sherman came after the shutdown corner became the subject of nationwide discussion for his explosive post-game interview following the NFC Championship game.

Sherman addressed the interview – in which he called out 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree and declared himself the best corner in football – in a first-person column for The MMQB on Monday.

“I don’t want to be a villain, because I’m not a villainous person,” Sherman wrote.

Sherman later responded to the tweet to thank the former home run king for his encouragement.


115 comments
EvanReif
EvanReif

so richard sherman, a kid who graduated from high school as saludatiroan and got a degree from one of the best universities in the nation, a kid who has never been arrested or had any trouble with the law, a kid who does tons of charity and community outreach, is being treated like the worst man in the history of football because he said something regrettable in the heat of passion.


meanwhile, the NFL employs rapists, murderers, drunk drivers, drug addicts and dealers, dog fighters, and a guy who got caught masturbating in his car while high, and that's just the tip of the iceberg. 


and sherman is the bad guy?


right. 

CarolDeLamaterShoop
CarolDeLamaterShoop

I support Richard Sherman too.  Any chance I got to taunt the 49ers would never go unused.

StevePotate
StevePotate

We're still talking about this? Does ANYONE really prefer the same old regurgitated "they played a great game, we went out as a team and gave 110% percent, blah blah blah"??? Who the hell wants to see a player say the same bland, expected drivel?? This is pathetic and embarrassing that people are still griping about Sherm's rant. Get over it, whiners.

A.L.L.
A.L.L.

This story is so overblown! Sherman was very hyped after making a play that helped his team win a trip to the Super Bowl. He had a microphone in his face moments after the win. He did not have time to cool down. The last I checked, Sherman did not use profanity, did not threaten anyone, or KILL anyone. He did what most professional athletes do with their opponents: trash talk and boast about personal skills. The harsh criticism and racial slurs regarding his sound bite are unbelievable, particularly given this young man's inspirational background. Not long ago, Tom Brady cussed at a referee and screamed at various teammates on separate occasions. Yet, Tom Brady's actions were viewed as passion for the game. Wow, I wonder what Sherman's critics  think about professional hockey players. They probably would say that fighting is a part of the game. So, thank you Hank Aaron for your support of Richard Sherman.

noahwayne0
noahwayne0

The "outrage" for Sherman's comments is ridiculous - like the church lady in the Simpsons pleading "won't someone PLEASE think of the children!!" its the most WASPish display I've seen in some time. Get over it. He talked trash - that's it. Oh, but he did it in public! The Horror! Get a life please. And the dumb argument about influencing kids - if your kid is that dumb or gullible, he or she isn't going to become anything to write home about anyway. The over the top reaction to his comments is more embarrassing. Its like a bunch of soccer moms with nothing better to do complaining about Cheetos in the school vending machine are going to destroy little Johnny or Jane's health and please GOD won't someone please do something!

Starstruck
Starstruck

This loses a lot of respect for Hank Aaron, but maybe also creates some sympathy. Perhaps he is beset by dementia. Seriously, Hank always respected the game and other players, and was never driven by celebrity or publicity. It astounds me  that he would bother to jump into this controversy by adding NOTHING. His support of Sherman's behavior is not only meaningless, but sad. Very sad. Bordering on ...

x72
x72

Just lost all respect for Hammerin' Hank. And hey Hank, you couldn't hold Babe Ruth's Jock Strap.

cheyene4x4
cheyene4x4

This is exactly why you do not stick a microphone in front of a very emotional player 30 seconds after he made an extremely emotional play that got his team into the Super Bowl. Was the comment not his finest moment?. Sure it was. However, in the heat of the moment and all of the things that lead up to his comments which obviously most of us do not have a clue, I can understand why. I don't condone it and it put a black mark on an otherwise fantastic day for the Seahawks, but he did back down in the later post game interview (after the cooling off period.) Richard Sherman is a great cornerback and a very bright person. He does a lot for the community, kids, charities etc. I'm just glad he's on a winning team. 

For all you arm chair critics, BACK OFF! Most of you are just jealous he's not on your team. 

coach671
coach671

If it isn't race then you are saying if Sherman was white Hank Aaron would have also come to his defense?

Mech
Mech

I don't see where Hank Aaron said anything about race..... this isn't racism you morons. Its one superstar from a bygone era era supporting another,,,, good for him !!!  You people who want to say this is about race baffle me,,,,, you are morons. Get a real life people,, this is about a football game not apocalypse or dying or world peace. Sherman is a talented guy at what he does, he apologized for the personal attack and his words are those of a good and intelligent young man who has done a lot for kids and this community. I just bought one of his Jerseys and you can find me wearing it, because I don't know any better way to support the guy then to let you all know I do.

JimCody
JimCody

That's what happens when you get old. Your mind starts to go.

heardhimsay
heardhimsay

I wrote a tweet supporting Sherman.  Where's my article SI?

dc0121
dc0121

What is he "hanging in there" for? Judging Sherman based on his race is ignorant, foolish and inappropriate, but the guy has never been more popular as a result of Sunday's actions, which is exactly what he wants. I know this because all he could talk about was himself at the end of the game. No mention of his team or his city. All Richard Sherman. He's not a thug or a gangster. Only a person as idiotic as Sherman would stoop to using such a label.  He IS a self-centered, classless talent who is 100 percent responsible for any negative attention coming his way. Only an idiot would make this about race. That goes for white, black, brown, green AND now Mr. Hank Aaron.

SamCurtis
SamCurtis

Sherman is just one of those players you hate because he is not on your team, Seahawks fans have accepted that everyone who is not a Seahawks fan will most likely hate him and us because, for one you guys aren't going to the Superbowl, for two Hank Aaron didn't tweet at your cornerback, and for three your team isn't lucky enough to have a cornerback as good as Sherman...

Rock10
Rock10

@x72  The funny part is Babe's widow said that Babe would have been cheered on Hank for breaking his record.  I'd rather take what the man's actual widow said over an undercover bigot like yourself

Braktooth
Braktooth

@x72At least hank played in an integrated league. I don't know how good Babe was. No one does.

Jim C1
Jim C1

@cheyene4x4 He is not the anti-Christ, but still, it s not just putting the mic in his face.  He tried to humiliate Crabtree and then Kaepernick, and he does this stuff all the time.

decredico
decredico

@cheyene4x4 this is exactly why you DO stick a microphone there... that was great television and only the weak minded could not handle it or got butt hurt .... get over it and yourself

ClaytonMartin
ClaytonMartin

@coach671 Of course its about race for Hank Aaron why shouldn't it be...he is the Rosa Parks of baseball...

EddieRichards
EddieRichards

@rooseveltjohnson2 You must have NEVER followed Major League Baseball....... google in all time home run leaders for career... Maybe you will see Hank Aaron's name there.

Mike93
Mike93

@rooseveltjohnson2 Really? If you don't know, you are an idiot. If you are being sarcastic, you are an idiot. In any way this response just says you are an idiot. Now if you don't know, now you know......

MyronBernard
MyronBernard

@Mech This article isn't about race, but the multitude of slurs and other name calling suggests that the larger conversation is about race. Aaron, being a supporter of black athletes who are misunderstood by sports media, could very well be lending support to Sherman because of the many slurs and other public denigration Sherm endured through the whole fiasco. Go Hawks

EasyGoer
EasyGoer

You have that problem? That's too bad.

noahwayne0
noahwayne0

@x72 @StevePotate you are a busy body soccer mom with too much time on your hands x72, be scandalized by something else 

x72
x72

@Braktooth @x72 If the MLB was integrated when the Bambino played he probably would have hit 1000 HRs. Smack yourself for not thinking he's the greatest of all time, there is no argument.

StevePotate
StevePotate

@MidwestGolfFan @cheyene4x4 Enabling honest behavior, maybe. What exactly is the point of demanding an apology when you know damn well that he meant what he said in that moment? To me, THAT is bad behavior. You are not enabling bad behavior from someone else -- you are committing it by demanding an apology.

Starstruck
Starstruck

@JeffBunnell His apology was only accepted by the unintelligent who don't know what a sincere apology sounds like. Sherman's apology was similar to my Dad twisting my ear and forcing me to apologize to my sister for putting a frog in her lunchbox. 

MidwestGolfFan
MidwestGolfFan

@muser@Mech 

He is now.  The media just said so.  Because it fits the narrative.

I know--it's hard to keep up with all of these superstars who are here one day, retired and forgotten the next.

Charles58
Charles58

@ChrisCastleman @Heath_Bell_Experience You are just a disrespectful punk. Hank Aaron started playing when Jim Crow laws were still active in the U.S. and he accomplished his results without the help of steroids or HGH. Who do you think has more credibility? Barry Bonds? Mark McGuire? A-Rod? You are a tool without the perspective (or brains) of a fruit fly.

StevePotate
StevePotate

@Starstruck @JeffBunnell Sane and intelligent people never demanded an apology in the first place. Sherman said what he felt. If you don't like what he said, then go ahead and hate him. But jesus, get over it already. It was an entertaining, emotional, and honest rant. I don't understand why you want someone to pretend to be something that they are not. Why are we encouraging that kind of behavior? Why do you demand an apology when we all know full well that he meant what he said in that moment? That's freaking pathetic. I watch football to be entertained, and I sure as hell was by that rant. If ANYONE prefers to see the same old "blah blah we gave 110%, the other team put up a great effort, etc. etc" then you need to re-evaluate the nature of sport and entertainment.

MyronBernard
MyronBernard

@Jafari @MyronBernard @Mech More so just understanding that Aaron played during the Jim Crow era and is aware of what it feels like to be called the n-word by hateful sports fans. Wrong, hateful and hurtful no matter the context.