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November 25, 2014 at 1:01 PM

VIDEO: Seattle Seahawk cornerback Richard Sherman protests Marshawn Lynch fine rather uniquely

As promised, Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman used his weekly meeting with the press Tuesday to protest a $100,000 fine the NFL levied last week on Marshawn Lynch for not cooperating with the media.

You can watch the video of all of it below, as Sherman brought along teammate Doug Baldwin and a Baldwin cutout figure to state, among other things, that forcing players to play two games in five days is hypocritical given the league’s stance on player safety, and also called out the NFL’s stance on what players can and cannot endorse.

He also managed to drop in references to just about every company he endorses during the roughly 2 minutes, 20-second  skit/statement.

Among other things, Sherman noted what he called the hypocrisy of the NFL telling players not to endorse alcohol “yet a beer sponsor is their biggest sponsor.”

Later, Sherman said: “It’s fine to use your time in the NFL to use your time to speak about something you care about because then you don’t get fined $100,000. You don’t get fined at all for this. This is how they want us to talk, right? They want us to advertise, right Doug?”

Baldwin, who was kneeling behind a podium and behind a cardboard figure of himself, responded “sounds about right to me.”

At another point, Baldwin said: “Speaking of health, how do you feel about the NFL making you play two games in five days?”

Said Sherman:  “Oh my gosh. Jeez. I almost didn’t realize that, because they’ve been talking about player safety so much. And two games in five days, it doesn’t seem like you care about players’ safety. It’s a little bit much for me.”

The two played together at Stanford before each joined the Seahawks in 2011.

Sherman did not take questions afterward.

Sherman had hinted of what was to come following Seattle’s win Sunday over Arizona when he answered a few questions with short answers and then said that was what the media would get for what happened with Lynch, and told them to wait and see what would happen at his press conference (he typically speaks on Thursdays but it was moved up this week due to Seattle’s Thanksgiving night game at San Francisco).

Sherman also briefly boycotted local media last spring when several printed or provided internet links to the address of his new home.

Afterward, it was revealed that this was a one-time protest and Sherman plans to go back to talking to the media. Sherman also said he had told Lynch of his plans and he told them he preferred they not do it. They obviously went ahead. The team also knew of the plan.

Richard Sherman talks to the media Tuesday.

UPDATE — Sherman’s skit today found an unlikely ally in the Bay Area, SF safety Eric Reid:

And here is a transcript:

Richard Sherman: “As you guys can see, I brought my guy Doug Baldwin with me today. You always want to share your success with your teammates. So I’m taking any questions.”Reporter: “What about the busy offseason you’ve had?”Sherman: “Oh man, it’s been incredible, it’s been incredible. We’ve done a lot of things. You know, the other day Marshawn Lynch got fined $100,000. Did you know that? $100,000? It’s like, they wouldn’t have even paid him $100,000 if he had talked. Doug, do you think they would have paid him paid him $100,000?”Doug Baldwin: “No, they sure wouldn’t have.”Sherman: “Geez Louise. But you know who does pay me a lot of money? Beats by Dre, the wonderful headphones that I wear.”

Baldwin: “I like those headphones.”

Sherman: “But the league doesn’t let me say anything about them. Doug, why is that?”

Baldwin: “I don’t know. It sounds kind of hypocritical to me.”

Sherman: “Yeah, it sounds a little bit hypocritical. It seems like we’re in a league where they say, ‘players, please don’t endorse alcohol, no DUIs please.’ But yet a beer sponsor is their biggest sponsor. Doug, how do you feel about that?”

Baldwin: “Like I said, it sounds very hypocritical.”

Sherman: “It’s interesting. It’s very, very interesting. It’s crazy. But in this offseason you have a good time. You get wear Neff shades, you get to wear Neff beanies, you get to eat some Campbell’s soup. My girl was sick this week, she got some Campbell’s soup in her. So kids, when you get sick, make sure you get your Campbell’s soup in you. That’s always a great deal. Very healthy. Very good for you. Chicken noodle soup around this time. It’s flu season.”

Baldwin: “Speaking of health, how do you feel about the NFL making you play two games in five days?”

Sherman: “Oh my gosh. Jeez. I almost didn’t realize that, because they’ve been talking about player safety so much. And two games in five days, it doesn’t seem like you care about players’ safety. It’s a little bit much for me. But Doug, you look pretty healthy, you look like you’ve been eating good, what kind of sandwiches have you been eating?”

Baldwin: “Well, you know I like to eat fresh, so I eat my Subway, then I also love to wash my Subway down with a bottle of Martinelli’s.”

Sherman: “Martinelli’s? Sounds like a great beverage. It’s fun to use your time in the NFL, to use your time to speak about something you care about, right? Then you don’t get fined $100,000, you don’t get fined at all for this. This is how they want us to talk, right? This is what they want us to do, they want us to advertise, right, Doug?”

Baldwin: “Sounds about right to me.”

Sherman: “All right, got to make some money, got to not get fined. Anybody got any questions?”

Baldwin: “Nope, I don’t think so.”

Sherman: “Thank you.”

 

 

 

 

 

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