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Make Goodell Face the Media Just Like the Players

By Scott Taylor

It could be argued that Richard Sherman is the best cornerback in football. It could also be argued that he’s one of the smartest players in the game. Maybe the Stanford grad should be commissioner.

But that’s for another time.

Richard Sherman

Richard Sherman

On Tuesday at the Super Bowl, Sherman decided to question the way the NFL runs its media policy and he pointed the finger right at Commissioner Roger Goodell. In fact, if Sherman had his way, Goodell would be sitting at a riser on Media Day right beside the guy he loves to fine the most, Seattle’s Marshawn Lynch.

“I don’t think players should be obligated any more than the commissioner is obligated to speak to the media,” Sherman said. “I think that if players are going to be obligated to speak to the media, then every one of the NFL personnel should be obligated to speak to the media weekly, and that’s not the case.

“It’s unfortunate, but I think that every team should be forced to present certain players, obviously a few of them. Obviously if someone is uncomfortable in front of the media and uncomfortable answering questions and things like that, then you have to find a way to accommodate the NFL. This is a game — you find a way to accommodate everyone else who’s uncomfortable.”

No one is more uncomfortable than Lynch when it comes to doing live interviews with the media.

“In situations like that, they should really kind of go by individual by individual basis,” he said. “They should allow him to maybe answer questions from people he’s more comfortable answering questions from in a more comfortable setting.”

“Some people are better at sit-downs in one-on-one conversations, and then you can air it at whatever time you want to — air it for a Media Day. And some people are better at sitting in front of cameras. I’m fine with it. But not everybody’s comfortable with that, and I don’t think he should be forced to do it.”

Marshawn Lynch.

Marshawn Lynch.

Sherman debated a reporter yesterday who was questioning Sherman’s notion that Goodell’s relationship with Patriots owner Robert Kraft is far too cozy.

“Was Kraft the first person to call Roger Goodell to talk about the Ray Rice situation or wasn’t he?” Sherman asked. He didn’t get a response from the reporter because people seldom do when “gotcha” reporters have nothing in the tank.

Sherman was then asked how he would feel if the Patriots win and are then found to have deflated footballs to get to the Super Bowl.

“I don’t know if it would sit worse with me, honestly,” he said. “I don’t know if it had that great of an affect on any games. They had a lot of guys work hard and play hard and earn their way. They could have done that and lost games, who knows? They were able to execute and they were able to get the job done, and they’ve earned their way here. I don’t pay any attention to that deflated footballs stuff. I don’t think it has that much affect.”

It’s hard not to like Richard Sherman. He’s right about most things including a commissioner who has an amazing gift: When bad things happen he’s always able to make them worse.

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