Seattle Seahawks players, Richard Sherman and Doug Baldwin, mocked the NFL during a press conference on Tuesday for the its hypocritical media policy.
It started out unexpectedly, as Sherman spoke at the podium while Baldwin crouched behind a cardboard cutout of himself. But, things quickly took a turn for the epic.
The players wasted no time cutting to the chase by discussing the recent news that their teammate, Marshawn Lynch, was being fined for not speaking to the media.
“You know, the other day, the league fined Marshawn Lynch $100,000,” Sherman said. “$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 responded
Baldwin and Sherman want to see an end to the NFL’s habit of putting sponsorships ahead of players’ interests.
Now, no one is saying NFL players aren’t making a lot of money. In fact, Sherman is quick to address it.
“But, you know who does pay me a lot of money? Beats by Dre, the wonderful headphones I wear,” Sherman continued. “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.”
The big question is: Does the amount of money players are making give the NFL the right to manipulate stars into supporting their sponsorships or face repercussions?
It’s a clear “no” in Baldwin and Sherman’s opinion.
The two also poked fun at the NFL’s double standards on player safety, all while cleverly inserting some more plugs for their various sponsorships.
The NFL has had a long history of double standards and illogical policies when it comes to their players, so it’s nice to see some of them finally speaking out against it. We hope this encourages more players to come forward and advocate for change within the league.
It will be really interesting to see how the NFL responds to this situation, especially now that Baldwin and Sherman are creating some buzz over this issue.
Watch the full video of the press conference below.