Even though Richard Sherman plays professional football, he seems to really hate the NFL. Few, if any, players in the league right now speak out against Roger Goodell with the frequency that Sherman does, and it really is a refreshing change of pace to hear a prominent athlete so freely speak their mind and raise good points about the issues facing the league.
For example, Sherman really dislikes Thursday Night Football. His argument is simple: on short weeks, these games are rough on the body, so when the NFL says they care about player safety only to make them play on such short rest, it comes off as a lie. He’s right, of course, and on Tuesday, he offered the most brutal takedown of Thursday games that you can imagine.
“Poopfest. It’s terrible,” Sherman said. “We got home like 1 o’clock in the morning, something like that on Monday and then you’ve got to play again. Congratulations, NFL, you did it again. But they’ve been doing it all season, so I guess we’re the last ones to get the middle finger.”
“Because it’s just no regard,” Sherman said. “It’s hypocritical, as I’ve stated before. They make this huge stance about player safety. Then you put the players in tremendous danger.
“We’ll be well-aware come the next CBA negotiations about things like this. There’s really not much you can do right now. It’s part of the revenue, etc., etc. And the league probably has something else up their sleeve. They might have a Friday night game planned. Who knows?”
The thought of Thursday games coming up during CBA negotiations is interesting, especially if the league is serious about getting rid of/limiting Thursday Night Football (which, in fairness, it has denied). Still, it’s hard to come back from being called a “poopfest,” so even if the games will continue to be played, R.I.P. to TNF, for you were slayed by Richard Sherman.