Dan Carpenter’s wife reacts to controversy over Richard Sherman tweet
The wife of Buffalo Bills kicker Dan Carpenter issued a statement via social media to defend herself over accusations of racism due to an objectionable tweet about Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman in which she suggests he needs to be castrated.
Kaela Carpenter found herself in hot water after reacting to the following play involving Sherman and her husband during Monday’s game.
Richard Sherman Drills Dan Carpenter, Is Somehow Only Flagged for Offsides #MNF pic.twitter.com/8su6ky4N40
— SportsCast (@SportsCast_THN) November 8, 2016
Upset over how her husband was drilled on the play, Carpenter issued the following ill-advised tweet, which not surprisingly has since been deleted.
Carpenter’s tweet was quickly called out for what many inferred — and reasonably so — as being overtly racist. What she wrote, “I know what we do on the farm when a male can’t control his own rage #ActLikeAnAnimalGetTreatedLike1,” cannot simply be written off as an expression of frustration.
Perhaps recognizing this, and likely spurned on by the tremendous backlash she is facing, Carpenter again took to Twitter to post the following statement:
— Kaela Carpenter (@KaelaCarpenter) November 9, 2016
“My attempt at humor during a heated and highly controversial NFL game has not been received the way I intended,” the statement reads. “When I saw the out of control nature of the events that happened on the field, I jokingly wanted to relate it to life on the farm, where I grew up, and how it would have been handled there.
“Unfortunately, I did not realize that a tone of racism would dominate the response to what I intended to be a lighthearted defense of my husband.
“Regardless of the narrative that has been attached to my post, it was never intended to be related to race, or the disgusting hatred that created the basis for racism.”
Sherman, for what it’s worth, simply blew off Carpenter’s tweet, replying to it sarcastically without acknowledging its racist undertones.
@KaelaCarpenter Thank you! Have a great day
— Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) November 8, 2016
It will be interesting to see if Sherman chooses to react to Carpenter’s subsequent statement.