Cornerback Richard Sherman of the Seattle Seahawks during the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals.
Seahawks corner Richard Sherman, who has long been critical of Roger Goodell, ripped the NFL commissioner again on Sunday on ESPN, calling Goodell nothing more than a “suit.”
This time, Sherman attacked Goodell over a February proposal to eject any player who picks up two personal fouls during a single game.
“I think it’s foolish,” Sherman told ESPN Sunday. “But it sounds like something somebody who’s never played the game would say, something that they would suggest, because he doesn’t understand.
When Goodell first mentioned the proposal, it seemed a direct response to the litany of post-play fights that marred the 2015 season, including a particularly ugly series of incidents between Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and Carolina corner Josh Norman.
But Sherman wasn’t having it Sunday and he seemed to suggest that personal fouls are bound to happen – and should be permitted to some extent – on the football field.
“He’s just a face,” Sherman said of Goodell. “He’s just a suit. He’s never stepped foot on the field and understood how you can get a personal foul.”
Sherman says of Goodell ‘he’s just a suit’ and he shouldn’t be suggesting rule changes.
This was hardly the first time Sherman has ripped Goodell. Late in the 2014 season, he famously arrived at a press conference with a cardboard cutout of teammate Doug Baldwin, an attempt to attack the NFL’s media policies, which compel players to answer questions from journalists once a week.
But this year, Sherman speaks with even more clout – he was recently named to the NFL Player Association executive committee. And to Sherman, apparently, only players and former players are fit to make rules for the NFL.
He made that point clear later in the interview, also ripping the NFL’s confusing catch rules and claiming it was because “you’ve got a bunch of suits doing it.”
“Let Jerry Rice and Michael Irvin talk about it for about 20, 30 minutes. Maybe Cris Carter,” he said. “Randy Moss, let those guys have a roundtable discussion about what a catch should be and come up with a rule. I guarantee you it’d be more effective than the rule they have now because those are the pass-catchers.
“You’ve got a bunch of guys who have never played (making the rules). They’ve probably touched a football to hold it out or to shake somebody’s hand, to take a picture, but they’ve never played the game.”