Soapbox: Trashtalk, NFL, and Perceptions of Decorum




Full disclosure:  I am not a football girl.  I can watch it, I can understand plays, I get it.  I just don’t have time for it. Coupled with the fact that I am married to the one man on the planet who hates watching sports.  NO really.  He hates it.  He will watch the occasional game, but his perspective is why watch something that he could go play.  He was a football and baseball player in his youth, so he just thinks its lazy to be an arm-chair quarterback.

However, I am an academic — and a person who is completely interested in the perspectives and assumptions that humanity makes dealing with controversy.  Even more so controversy that falls under racial stereotypes and assumptions.  [Note:  My undergraduate research dived into racial psychological and sociological issues on a fairly consistent basis, my law school work honed in on critical race theory and critical gender theory and the law.  I have done less CRT/CGT studies in my Masters and PhD work, choosing to focus more on the prison industrial complex and fiscal inequality through the lenses of policing, local government, nonprofits, and networks.]

So in walks the Sherman post-game interview:

In case you have trouble deciphering what he is saying (or if the link dies) here is a written transcript thanks to the Young Turks:

Sherman: “Well I’m the best corner in the game. When you try me with a sorry receiver like Crabtree, that is the result you are going to get. Don’t you ever talk about me”
Andrews: “Who was talking about you?”
Sherman: “Crabtree.  Don’t open your mouth about the best, or I’m going to shut it for you real quick.  ‘LOB!’ (Legion of Boom)”

And BOOM goes the internet!  Like this was the first time anyone had ever trash talked on an open mic…..

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