Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)


February 2, 2014

In Your View


ASHLAND —  ‘A self-brag is half scandal’

I don’t watch professional sports except a few in the playoffs simply because of displays (usually of a lesser degree) such as that Richard Sherman of the Seattle Seahawks put on recently.

 My mother had a saying which she drilled into my brain: “A self brag is a half scandal.” She would not tolerate bragging. Somewhere Sherman missed this teaching or decided to ignore it as a result of bad associations.

My parents taught me good manners period; especially with women. There was no excuse for Sherman’s in face bullying of and otherwise disrespect of the female reporter who was professional and just doing her job very well.

I saw the play and a two-inch difference in the pass and there would have been a touchdown. It looked to me that the ones who made the play were those who put the pressure on the quarterback. Admittedly Sherman was where he was supposed to be, but he would have no interception if it had not been for the pressure on the quarterback.

As a result Sherman is called a “thug.” Not wanting to take the heat he whines about “thug” being a racial slur. We have “thugs” in my community. They are known as “thugs” and none are black. All are white.

Thug is a title of behavior and/or association, not race. Sherman is just a bully who when hit in the nose runs home whining about it. It is not a black thing. It is about manners, respect, professionalism, and self-control.

Earl Barnett, Speedwell, Tenn.

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