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January 5, 2013 at 4:01 PM

Some guy named Kedric Golston calls Richard Sherman ‘a cheater’

Corrected version

Washington’s Kedric Gholston calls Richard Sherman ‘a cheater’
By Jim Corbett | USA Today

Washington defensive lineman Kedric Golston wasn’t asked about Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman.

Let’s make that clear. He interjected his opinion, according to reporter Jim Corbett’s account of an interview with Washington’s Lorenzo Alexander.

“He’s a cheater,” Gholston said, according to Corbett, before walking away.

Well, then.

Consider it the first in what might be many instances of opponents being asked about the fairness of Sherman’s availability.

After all, who doesn’t love a little name calling?

Obviously not the USA Today — which once employed a reporter who referred to it as “the paper” — and that publication went out of its way to try and get some back-and-forth barbs going to the detriment of anyone with a double-digit IQ.

It started in Seattle where David Moore had a dispatch, which the USA Today provocatively labeled as a ‘dis’ of the Washington wide receivers. Oooh. That sounds interesting. So what was that insult?

“Which Washington Redskins wide receivers worry brash, young Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman?

” ‘None of them,’ Sherman told USA TODAY Sports on Wednesday.”

What? He’s not worried? What an insult? No that’s not right. What an outrage? No. Not really.

A dis? Here’s a dis: That is one example of a reporter trying to bait an athlete into saying something inflammatory so he can make a headline out of it and when the athlete doesn’t play along, doing the best to make it inflammatory anyway in what can only be described as a shameless appeal for Internet traffic.

And then a reporter in Washington went asking about Sherman’s suspension only to be met with logical, level-headed responses that the whole question of whether Sherman should or should not have been suspended following a positive test result for a banned substance.

“It is what it is,” Alexander told USA TODAY Sports. “I don’t know what his total case and background of it is.”

Hmmm. That’s not very interesting. Well, how about Washington cornerback DeAngelo Hall who’s never been known for a reluctance to speak nonsense.

“We’re not going to wish someone a positive drug test and a four-game suspension just to win a game,” Hall said.

Wow. That sounds eminently reasonable.

All that was left was Gholston’s driveby declaration. And guess what got the headline?

And after all that, I’m left to ask how many more times I’m going to have to summarize name-calling.

Information in this post, originally published Jan. 5, 2013, was corrected that same day. A previous version of this post incorrectly spelled Kedric Golston’s name.

| Topics: nonsense, Richard Sherman, seahawks


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