Richard Sherman and Doug Baldwin Take on the NFL in New Video
Tacoma’s The News Tribune shared the unusual video, which showed Sherman talking at a cardboard cutout of Baldwin as the latter hid behind it. From this setup the two shared their scripted and calculated assortment of grievances and critiques; taking to task “hypocritical” policies, and touching upon a wide array of areas.
Among those topics addressed were teammate Marshawn Lynch being fined for failing to speak with the media, and the NFL’s tendency to regard its own sponsorships as priorities.
“You know, the other day, the league fined Marshawn Lynch $100,000,” Sherman says in the clip. “$100,000. And it’s like, they wouldn’t have even paid him $100,000 if he had talked… Doug, do you think they would have paid him $100,000?”
“Nope, they sure wouldn’t have,” Baldwin, of course, replies.
“But you know who does pay me a lot of money? Beats by Dre, the wonderful headphones I wear,” Sherman said, speaking of his high profile endorsement. “But the league doesn’t let me say anything about them. Doug, why is that?”
“I don’t know,” Baldwin said. “Sounds, uh, sounds kind of hypocritical to me.” Of course the reason is that the NFL has its own sponsorship deal with with Bose, which forbids players from wearing any other make of headphones while on camera.
Also addressed is the league’s ban on players endorsing alcoholic beverages, while the league itself counts Anheuser-Busch as a major sponsor.
The whole thing is strange and possibly gutsy, and definitely bound to irritate the people it’s intended to, and can be seen below.