Richard Sherman confirms choice words in practice for Russell Wilson

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The Seahawks may dispute talk of hard feelings in the locker room toward their quarterback, but one of their most prominent players doesn’t deny using a little locker-room talk toward Russell Wilson.

In an interview with Josina Anderson of ESPN, cornerback Richard Sherman admitted that, during a June 2014 practice, he intercepted Wilson and shouted “you f–king suck!” at him.

“That’s 100% true, and I’ve said worse,” Sherman said, via “I’ve said worse to Doug [Baldwin], I’ve said worse to [Jermaine] Kearse. Iron sharpens iron, as one man sharpens another. . . . I’m sorry that our competition, that the way we sharpen our iron, isn’t pretty and cordial. I’m sure if you went to see bad teams, they probably get along great, probably slapping high fives, but then you go 4-12.”

Sherman is right, but the whole “iron sharpens iron” thing doesn’t apply only to rough words or flared tempers. The notion that the best try to get the best out of those around the best includes the reality that if the best isn’t being generated by the best, there should be accountability.

Which gets back to one of the primary points made in the disputed story from Seth Wickersham of ESPN The Magazine that led with the “you f–king suck” quote. For the same reason Sherman would bark that at Wilson in the heat of the moment, Sherman and other teammates also would reasonably expect the coaching staff to coach Wilson as hard as the other players on the team are coached, and not to have any sacred cows or untouchable teammates who don’t get the same treatment.

Iron sharpens iron. So if a piece of iron is being sharpened with a velvet glove, it’s not going to be a sharp as it could be.

But Sherman and his teammates won’t admit that. They shouldn’t admit that. It all goes back to iron sharpening iron, and it’s a process that those who are iron believe those who aren’t iron would misunderstand, turning into something that it isn’t.

It’s not personal. It’s not mean spirited. It’s not petty. It’s about winning games, pursuing championships, and cementing legacies.

58 responses to “Richard Sherman confirms choice words in practice for Russell Wilson

  1. This is a story about one sentence that Richard Sherman said to Russell Wilson three years ago? Wow, I can’t wait for the season to start.

  2. More like a snowflake sharpening iron. Somehow I get the feeling if someone said that to Sherman after he got called for holding he’d throw a fit.

  3. Lol…whatever…they used to call that being a bad teammate. I’m sure T.O. said similar things to McNabb when he was in Philly.

  4. Sherman, Mr. Peabody here. Set the Way Back Machine to the final 30 seconds of SuperBowl 49.

    See if you can get Russell to give the ball to the running back instead of attempting a pass on the 1 yard line.

  5. I don’t really like Sherman, but there’s nothing wrong with talking trash to your teammates. Remember, he did this in practice. Not in front of the media or fans. My co-workers and I are constantly ripping each other. We also have each others backs no matter what.

  6. I’m tired of listening too and hearing about Richard Sherman, Colin Kaepernik, Deflategate, and Aaron Rodgers. There is so much more to the NFL than that, let’s talk about something else.

  7. This has never happened in my work place, nope, never… Are you kidding me? This is an everyday occurance. This happened how long ago? Lol

  8. This team’s championship window has been slammed shut. Infighting, a fractured locker room, and no respect for each other. The 12th Man is long gone.

  9. whenwilliteverend says:
    Jul 23, 2017 12:47 PM
    More like a snowflake sharpening iron.


    The “snowflake” is the tough talker who is all talk, no action, who reders to others as “snowflakes” oit of insecurity.

  10. The fans told us this never happened, and blamed ESPN. Then Sherman and Bennett claimed it never happened. Now they have flip-flopped, and fans are claiming it doesn’t matter. It sure seemed to matter last year when Sherman criticized the offense in 2016.

    The Cardinals will win the NFC West.

  11. hitownblog says:
    Jul 23, 2017 1:04 PM

    What’s the big deal? I tell my brother he sucks all the time.
    Brother, friends, co-workers, how woud they know I liked them if I wasn’t constantly telling them how much they suck?
    dumb story.

  12. gonakgod says:
    Jul 23, 2017 12:48 PM
    Love it, that team ready to IMPLODE this season.
    You do know this happened 3 years ago right?

  13. Where there is smoke there is fire.

    Sherman is replaceable, Wilson is not.

    Sherman will be elsewhere next year.

  14. I don’t know why they kept denying the locker issue/implosion ever happened after Pete at the very least admitted it when he called it “old news”, and by “old” he merely meant not that it was long ago but that, going forward, things are now different.

  15. the key aspect of seatt is loss of personnel. most notably RB marshawn lynch, who was 1 of best in league and took lotsa pressure of wilson and pedestrian seatt passing gm. they also lost LB bruce irvin. and S earl thomas got hurt. to lesser extent over the yrs they lost DE chris clemons and WR golden tate.

    i think it’s a slow loss of key personnel more than anything else.

  16. Sherman is a cancer and it’s going to spread like crazy this year since the trade talks. 6-10 at best this year. Cards win the division going away.

  17. One of the most convoluted articles I’ve ever read on this site and I have been coming here since 2005.

    Do you think Sherman’s right or don’t you? Your 4th paragraph leads like you disagree with him. By the last paragraph, you sound like you’re backing him. And do you mean “petty” or are referring to Sherman’s statement that it isn’t “pretty”?

    What’s your point?

  18. ricko1112 says:
    Jul 23, 2017 1:11 PM

    This team’s championship window has been slammed shut. Infighting, a fractured locker room, and no respect for each other. The 12th Man is long gone.

    Sorry dude, they HATE us cause they ain’t US!!

  19. Uuuh, Josina as a freeloading beat writer was this the only question you could ask of Sherman about things in the past and nothing about the upcoming season going forward? ESPN should reevaluate your worth as a representative of ESPN.

  20. Sherman has become a team killing cancer, who’s downside is considerably greater than his up-side.
    No question as to why they were looking to unload him.
    He’s going to pull them down

  21. ah the, “i’m worse than crappy, to everyone, so i’m not crappy,” defense.

    kind of like when racists say they’re racist to everyone so they’re actually just, “shining a light on the indecency of racism.”

    still thankfully, though, kaela carpenter is not on the team.

  22. Great team, many playoff appearances in the past 4 years, 2 super bowls, one ring.

    While 25+ other teams across the league would love to have the same success, as a Patriots supporter, I find the term “cementing a legacy” a bit over the top.

    We’re on to OTAs….

  23. You gotta give Sherman credit for one thing: at least he hasn’t shot himself in the leg yet.

  24. 2014 quote from the year we won the Superbowl to suggest Seahawks are nearly ready to implode? Crazy.

  25. For the last 18 years Brady and a myriad of Pats DB’s, both great and mediocre have trashed talked their way through the 1000’s of practices the Pats hold every year. A lot worse has been said.

    Games are won by competing HARD during the week. To make more it than what it is, is just ridiculous. And while the article Wickersham wrote is probably true, it doesn’t mean there is any “fracture” in the lockerroom.

    BTW- in a program note – RandyformRoxbury is definitely NOT a Pats fan. Rather he is a well documented superhater who uses multiple user names to spew his lies and pretend to be an obnoxious Pats fan.

  26. What a non story. It’s FOOTBALL! Even as teammates, you think you pick them off and tell them what a jolly good day it is and talk about the whether?

    No. I called my teammates all kinds of names in the heat of the moment, especially while trying to break out of a tackle, etc.

  27. This reminds me of when Calvin sets up a stand with the sign “Frank Apprasail of Your Looks 25 cents”.

    Hobbes walks up and asks “how it’s going?”

    Calvin says “Not so good, but I’m giving out lots of free samples.”

  28. As a member of the knife making/selling community I can tell you that the whole “iron sharpening iron” statement is ridiculous. But just a hunk of flat pig iron is utterly useless.

    Iron in and of itself is actually a horrible material for holding an edge. You need high carbon steel, or at least stainless steel (which has a moderate amount of carbon in it) in order to hold an edge on anything.

    Iron also isn’t used to mold iron, it is a lot of heat and steel.

    But to sharpen “iron” it takes a wide variety of items such as diamonds, ceramics, and even a leather stop.

    What can dull iron? Clanging it against other iron and even cutting up paper and cardboard. Yes, the almighty paper and cardboard.

  29. If a player feels the need to censor himself around his teammates, that’s not a team at all. Plus, I kinda like the idea of Russell Wilson on game day, hearing trash talk from the other team and thinking “Sherm’s called me worse than that.” If Sherm can’t get under your skin, nobody can.

  30. Playing the mommy again and telling teams how they should behave? Get your own league.

  31. “What can dull iron? Clanging it against other iron and even cutting up paper and cardboard. Yes, the almighty paper and cardboard.”

    Wait, you mean to tell me that after all these years paper BEATS scissors??!!!!

    That would be ‘iron-ic’…

  32. Non-story I guess when it keeps leaking out that the Seattle defense thinks the same as many others do. Wilson is the most over rated QB in the league.

    This sounds like something else going on in this country when everything is “fake” but three months later becomes real.

  33. Sherman’s confirmation of what he said 3 years ago seems to suggest he still feels the same today. Sometimes, just sometimes I enjoy seeing Sherman gets burned in a game by a wide receiver (as long as Hawks win of course). He’s such as a cancer in the locker room.

  34. Whoever blew this trash talk so far out of proportion has obviously never played any sports (or even video games) with friends before.

    Man, if you came and sat in the office with my sales team on any normal day, you’d be blown away at how mild Sherman’s trash talk is in comparison.

  35. yo’ this must be truth tho’ as an ex charger fan. I always saw those guys high fiving, complimenting each other and other snowflake stuff.. now i know why they always went 4-12 this couple of years…man they suck.

    Seahawks fan now. #LASucks

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