NFL Star Richard Sherman: Black Lives Matter ‘hypocritical’ for generalizing police
Football star Richard Sherman spoke on the Black Lives Matter movement and race relations in America just one day after NBA legend Michael Jordan did the same.
The Seattle Seahawks cornerback spoke with The Undefeated on Tuesday, which follows Mr. Jordan’s announcement on the same website that he donated $1 million each to the International Association of Chiefs of Police’s Institute for Community-Police Relations and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.
Writer Domonique Foxworth asked Mr. Sherman his thoughts on the killings of black men by police officers, such as Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge and Philando Castile just outside Minneapolis. Mr. Sherman said it was important for Americans to pray for anyone who is killed “senselessly,” whether it is a random black man or a police officer.
“It’s hard to formulate an opinion [on Black Lives Matter] and generalize because they have several different messages. Some of them are peaceful and understandable and some of them are very radical and hard to support,” the athlete said. “Any time you see people who are saying, ‘Black Lives Matter,’ and then saying it’s time to kill police, then it is difficult to stand behind that logic. They are generalizing police just like they are asking police not to generalize us. It is very hypocritical. So, in that respect, I find it difficult to fully support that movement.”
“I stand by what I said that All Lives Matter and that we are human beings. And speaking to police, I want African-Americans and everybody else treated decently. I want them treated like human beings. And I also want the police treated like human beings. I don’t want police officers just getting knocked off in the street who haven’t done anything wrong.” – READ MORE