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December 10, 2014 at 3:09 PM

Seahawks Richard Sherman: “The best statement we can make is to be great role models”

Richard Sherman’s weekly press conferences are rarely the norm, and today was no exception.

There were no cardboard cutouts. But there was Sherman commenting on the decision of the NFL owners today to enact a player conduct policy, as well as whether he plans to make any statement about police abuse issues, such as what happened in Ferguson, Mo.

On the player conduct policy, Sherman reiterated what he had said the day before when he took part in media conference call conducted by the NFL Players Association — Sherman is Seattle’s player representative this season.

“I think it’s interesting any time you make changes to a policy that we collectively bargained for and you don;t collectively bargain for it,” Sherman said. “I think it’s like the PA was saying before, it’s one of those doing-it-by-the-seat-of-their-pants, making things up as they go along. You would hope ┬áthat anything having to do with the players and especially discipline and things like that, that the players would have some say so in the policy and that it’s something everybody is comfortable with.”

Sherman said the PA was not consulted about the policy but that the players have “always been interested” in having discussions about doing something. “The league saw to it to make a change without consulting the players,” he said. “It is what it is.”

As for making some sort of a statement about Ferguson and other similar incidents, Sherman said that the best thing he thinks players can do right now is to “be great role models.” He said there are players out there “making gestures that are very respectable and sending out a message.”

But Sherman indicated he will let his actions talk for now.

He said he feels like every time he tries to make a statement that it ends up being perceived that he is “trying to bring attention to myself. So I think it’s an issue like this attention has been brought to it, and I think the players have recognized it.”

Sherman said what has happened makes it evident that “racism and all that, you would think everybody think it’s gone and it’s not and I think the moment we recognize that is the moment that we step forward.”

Here is some video of what Sherman’s presser today:

Seattle’s Richard Sherman talks to the media Wednesday.

 

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