Richard Sherman: ‘Thug’ Is the Accepted Way of Saying the N-Word

If you're not already rooting for him, this might do the trick.

By Jamilah King Jan 23, 2014

If you’re not already rooting for Seattle Seawhawks cornerback Richard Sherman, this might do the trick.

Sherman isn’t going to let a little bit of adversity get in his way now that’s heading to the Super Bowl. "I come from a place of adversity," the Compton native told reporters on Wednesday. In the video that’s above, he also astutely pointed out the racial coding in a lot of the commentary surrounding his post-game interview after last weekend’s NFC Championship game by saying that lots of white folks are using the word "thug" as a substitute for the n-word these days. Here’s more of what Sherman had to say:

(h/t CBS Sports)