Any residual rivalry easily washed away for Richard Sherman in regards to former 49ers quarterback Colin Kapernick’s ongoing free agency.
The Seahawks cornerback and former Stanford star spoke at length about the controversial QB in a video posted Thursday by The Players’ Tribune. Sherman solidly supported Kaepernick, who remains a free agent a year after garnering widespread attention over his national anthem protest.
“Of course he deserves a job (in the NFL),” Sherman said. “You saw the quarterback play throughout the league, and it was terrible. What happened to Indianapolis, you saying they couldn’t use Kaepernick? That’s, you know, crazy talk. But it’s unfortunate that a man is unemployed right now who is a pretty good ballplayer. Won his fair share of ballgames. There are lesser-talented guys who are employed because they didn’t stand up for a cause.”
Sherman also addressed what he sees as the reason behind teams steering away from Kaepernick.
“Sometimes it’s not about winning, it’s not about losing, it’s about making a statement, and not bringing drama and stress to your organization,” Sherman said. “That’s a decision some of these teams are making, unfortunately.”
The outspoken Super Bowl champion gave an impassioned plea to accept others, as well as to pray for victims of hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
“The people that are frustrated that (players) are protesting this cause should try walking in someone else’s shoes for a sec,” he said. “There’s a lot of tragedy going on in our world today and in our nation. A lot of people are losing their lives. If you can do anything to help, please do. If you can’t, then pray for these people, I’m sure they appreciate it. Let’s stick together, people. We’re all we got. Do your best to help.”
Sherman offered what help he could by vocally backing Kaepernick.
For @RSherman_25, there’s no doubt why Colin Kaepernick is unsigned.
— The Players’ Tribune (@PlayersTribune) September 14, 2017
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