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NFL reportedly has not commented on Richard Sherman’s odd presser routine


While it arguably made for great theater — although some have disagreed — many suspected that Richard Sherman’s prop-utilizing routine during his appearance in front of the media on Tuesday would evoke at least a response from the NFL. So far, according to a report from Pro Football Talk, it has not.

The Seattle Seahawks cornerback took to the podium, with a life-sized cardboard cutout of teammate Doug Baldwin in tow, and sarcastically ripped the NFL for many of its policies, many of which he deemed as hypocritical.

Sherman specifically railed against the league for its strict stance regarding player availability to the media, as illustrated by how Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch was fined $100,000 in total after not speaking to the media.

Sherman also trashed the league in his two-and-a-half-minute satirical diatribe over its stance on player endorsements, specifically how the NFL prevents players from wearing products they endorse, as he is prevented from wearing his Beats by Dre headphones due to a conflict of interest related to the league’s exclusive relationship with Bose.

The cornerback also took the NFL to task over its professed concern over player safety despite the fact it forces players to play two games in the span of five days.

The prevailing theme of Sherman’s schtick was to point out what he perceives as the hypocrisy of many of the NFL’s policies, including how alcohol companies are very lucrative league partners despite the DUI problem that currently exists among league players.

While it may have been a hit-or-miss performance, Sherman certainly got his point across. It is surprising to say the least that the league has not commented publicly upon his routine, much less condemned it. PFT’s Mike Florio surmises that this fact alone might indicate that Sherman will not be fined for his performance, although there’s no reason not to suspect that the NFL might be getting everything lined up in such a way so it can drop the hammer on the outspoken Seahawk at a later time.