Seattle Seahawks star Richard Sherman is right when he says those who call him a "thug" really mean the n-word, says Christopher Parker, a professor of social justice and political science at the University of Washington.
"Have you ever heard of a white man being referred to as a thug?" Parker told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.
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After Sherman was less than gracious after his team grabbed a spot at the Super Bowl — bragging about how great he was on live TV — sports fans criticized him on Twitter, some saying he was a thug.
During a Wednesday press conference, Sherman said the term bothered him because, "it seems like it's an accepted way of calling somebody the N-word now.
"It's like everybody else said the N-word and then they say 'thug' and that's fine. It kind of takes me aback and it's kind of disappointing because they know."
In his post-game interview after Sunday’s NFC Championship Game, Sherman called San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree “sorry” and declared himself the best defensive back in football.
Parker said he wasn't taken aback by Sherman's swagger and braggadocio.
"The guy had just made a game-saving play. The guy was still hyped up. He had an on-going beef with Crabtree so I didn't see anything wrong with it," Parker said.
"As a matter of fact, I was just talking to a good friend of mine about that and we both agree that people are making much, much, much too much about this. I, for one, don't think he needed to apologize."
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