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Richard Sherman blasts Donald Trump: He sets bad example for children


Richard Sherman used his weekly column for The Players’ Tribune to discuss the outcome of the presidential election. The piece, entitled, “We All Need To Do Better,” in large part is a commentary on the importance of children having positive adult role models in their lives.

But what will likely attract the most attention is how the essay includes a scathing critique of Donald Trump. The Seattle Seahawks cornerback argues the president-elect sets a bad example for children with the way he has conducted himself and the things he has said.

“I think that was the moment when I realized just how impactful both this presidency and Trump’s rhetoric will be for our future generation.” Sherman writes. “It’s unfortunate that we live in a time when our president-elect is the opposite of an example for our children. He will be one of those external factors that parents will have to combat — an example of somebody we don’t want our kids to talk like or emulate.”

Sherman argues the onus is on parents and other adults to be mindful of what children hear, read or see, not only in the case of Trump, but the messages seen and heard on television and through other media. But Sherman nevertheless keeps his sights squarely on Trump.

“The way that our president-elect spoke about Muslim and Hispanic people, especially in terms of immigration, was appalling,” Sherman continues. “And at some point, I’ll have to explain to my son and daughter that that’s not how you talk about people — that everybody is equal and everybody has a place in our society, regardless of their religion, race, ethnicity or sexuality. No matter what, you treat people with respect.”

Sherman acknowledges — arguably without any need — that he’s an “outspoken” professional athlete. He goes on to point out that there are a lot of pros who work “outside the spotlight” purposely. But most of all, Sherman believes regardless of how each individual goes about their business, the contributions athletes make to improving society “will be felt long after everything we’ve done on the field has been forgotten.”

Sherman closes with the following thought:

“The reality is, whether you support the president-elect or not, we all need to do better, myself included,” he writes. “And if we do that, the future will be pretty bright.”