BY Art Thiel 06:27PM 11/09/2016

Sherman: Caustic retort to wife of Bills’ kicker

The story of Richard Sherman’s block of a field goal and knockdown of Dan Carpenter took a crazy spin when the wife of the the Bills kicker advocated castration for Sherman, and he analogized to the Ku Klux Klan.

Richard Sherman made a connection between the wife of the Bills’ kicker and the Ku Klux Klan. / Drew McKenzie, Sportspress Northwest

The Bills’ failed field goal before halftime of the Monday Night Football game is a play that seems destined to live a long, bizarre life. And it has little to do with the misapplication of not one but two rules on the play.

Seahawks CB Richard Sherman has been villainized for his block of the kick in which he also knocked down the kicker, which to some looked like an intent to harm. Those observers include the wife of Bills kicker Dan Carpenter.

Kaela Carpenter took issue with the hit in a tweet Monday that advocated castration for Sherman’s action, complete with an image of the appropriate tool:

She later tweeted out an explainer that fell short of an apology, expressing bewilderment that it could be seen as racist:


Sherman responded in a tweet with a sarcastic, “Thank you. Have a great day!”

At his Wednesday podium appearance at team headquarters, he was again dismissive, but also drew a reference to the growing trend of racial intolerance that was part of the conversation in the presidential election.

“It’s not surprising at all,” he said. “This is a day and age, you’ve got the Ku Klux Klan running around. People say whatever they want, and there’s very little consequence. For her to say something like that and then have a BS apology like she did, it’s just the way of the world. I don’t let it bother me. It’s something I’m very used to. It’s just the way people are, the way people were raised.”

Sherman was asked how he felt.

“It’s more disappointing than anything,” he said. “It’s also something that’s understandable. Ignorance has always been in the world. The core of this country has been built off slavery, people owning people. So anytime you understand that’s the core principles of the way a nation was built, then you have to some kind of, I guess, sympathy for it.”

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said the election outcome was discussed Wednesday, part of a long-running conversation.

“It was going to be a big transition whoever won, so it’s a big challenge for the country, challenge to draw together and do the right thing moving forward,” he said. “We’ve been staying abreast of it all along, so everything moved smoothly today.”

Even though Carpenter was down long enough to get trainers to tend him, he recovered  to kick a 49-yard field goal that was disallowed because of a delay of game penalty, which referee Walt Anderson later admitted was a mistake. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Tuesday Carpenter decided to “ham up” his injury. He then missed from 54 yards.

Post-game, Bills coach Rex Ryan accused Sherman, during a sideline encounter, of “mean-mugging” him, and said he told Sherman he was too good of a player to “act like an ass.” Carroll Tuesday responded to Ryan’s criticism by saying, “I just wish he’d coach his own team.”

When told of Carroll’s remark, Ryan said on a conference call Tuesday, “As a matter of fact I do coach my own guys and I’m proud of the team that I coach. We haven’t had the results that we shoot for every time, but I’m proud of this group and yeah, I have no problem.

“I do coach my own guys, but I forgot, I guess I should have asked Pete when somebody asked me a question about one of his players, I should have asked Pete about the appropriate response, I guess.”

With the Seahawks, never is there a shortage of stories.




  • DJ

    Thanks for the report Art – really too bad that the NFL couldn’t have done the right thing and “man-up” to their mistakes. This and other misdirected attacks on Sherman might have been curtailed. I hope our much appreciated and respected stud CB keeps true to form and is minimally impacted by the continual and undeserving harassment. Meanwhile, more folks continue to embarrass themselves by showing their true character, a top asset has to shoulder the brunt of the mistakes by league bosses, and the NFL continues to erode at it’s credibility.

    • art thiel

      Well the VP for officiating did tweet during the game that the refs screwed up. Sherman was guilty only of offsides.

      The bigger NFL issue here is they’ve made the rule book increasingly unmanageable for their part-time refs.

      • antirepug3

        The rule book is unmanageable for players and teams as well as refs…

      • DJ

        I had not heard that response from the league. The report on ESPN was that Sherman should have been flagged for contact – a point that Mike Golic on Mike & MIKE argued in rebuttal.

        Agreed about the rules – gee, it’s like a bunch of lawyers are writing the rules or something…..(sarc)

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  • Topcatone

    I must have missed something…why is Sherman talking about race?

    • Pixdawg13

      I think you must have missed the entire past 8-12 months.

      • Topcatone

        Are you implying it is “always about race” with Sherman?

  • rosetta_stoned

    So, how many more of these sympathetic, left-wing pieces – thinly veiled as sports stories – are you going to write, Art?

    Enough to fill the next four years?

    • Pixdawg13

      Well, you may not be racist, but you’re clearly so prejudiced that you see the group(s) you hate around every corner. This particular piece is neither particularly sympathetic nor left-wing. But I guess for you ‘left wing’ means “doesn’t vehemently agree with ME”.

    • tor5

      Pretty telling how someone might see this piece as “left-wing.” If you bothered to read it, you’d see that it is little more than a list of quotes from the involved parties, and Art renders no judgment. I guess, as they say, reality has a liberal bias.

    • Diamond Mask

      Still whining. You conservatives never stop do you?

    • Effzee

      And yet, you keep coming back for more.

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  • Diamond Mask

    People love to hate on the Seahawks. The fine they just levied on Sherman is a joke. How can something that is not illegal be a fineable offense?

    Kaela is an embarrassment but given our current world she should fit right in.

  • Stephen Pitell

    So you said, “misapplication of not one but two rules on the play” then only sited one rule. What was the other?