Sports Media in the United States

Trivializing Race

Authored by: Daniel Sipocz

The Routledge Companion to Media and Race

Print publication date:  December  2016
Online publication date:  November  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138020726
eBook ISBN: 9781315778228
Adobe ISBN: 9781317695837


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On Sunday January 19, 2014, National Football League player Richard Sherman, cornerback for the Seattle Seahawks, was interviewed on live television by Erin Andrews on the field immediately following a physical playoff win over the San Francisco 49ers. Rather than focusing on the thrill of victory or the Seahawks’ berth to the Super Bowl, Sherman shouted excitedly about an opponent he had just gotten the better of to clinch the win. He said, “I’m the best corner[back] in the game! When you try me with a sorry receiver like Crabtree, that’s the result you’re going to get. Don’t you ever talk about me.” When Andrews asked who was talking about Sherman, he responded equally enthusiastically, “Crabtree. Don’t you open your mouth about the best, or I’ll shut it for you real quick. LOB [Legion of Boom]!” The interview caught Andrews off guard and created a stir among fans and media alike.

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