Richard Sherman calls out NFL over new post-game interaction policy

Richard Sherman (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
Richard Sherman (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /

San Francisco 49ers’ cornerback Richard Sherman recently called out the NFL on Twitter.

San Francisco 49ers‘ cornerback Richard Sherman has never been one to stay quiet about issues with the NFL. And he took to Twitter recently to express his displeasure with the league’s newest policy.

NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported on Thursday about the NFL’s plan to prohibit post-game interactions between players — including the famed jersey swapping — in a response to growing concerns about the safety of playing football in a COVID-19-filled world.

The policy not only eliminates jersey swapping, but it will also require players to remain at least six feet away from each other when interacting after the game. How the league actually plans to enforce that is unclear.

It’s a noble effort on the NFL’s part, but one that Sherman along with many other athletes and media members have taken umbrage with.

Sherman detailed his displeasure with the policy in a response on Twitter.

"“This is a perfect example of NFL thinking in a nutshell. Players can go engage in a full contact game and do it safely. However, it is deemed unsafe for them to exchange jerseys after said game.”"

Richard Sherman certainly has a point about the NFL’s latest policy.

Sherman has a point here. If the NFL is willing to allow its players to compete face-to-face for 60 minutes, how exactly does limiting post-game interactions solve anything?

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Many see this as an example of the league simply trying to save face as it prepares for what could be a disastrous attempt at a season. And perhaps there’s some truth behind that sentiment.

Or perhaps the NFL is actually attempting to alleviate any concerns of players by limiting contact as much as they can. Of course, the game is still being playing. But it doesn’t hurt to limit contact after the game.

Sherman’s qualms make sense, however, and they’re shared by plenty of other players as well. Houston Texans’ quarterback Deshaun Watson voiced his displeasure with the policy on social media the same day it was reported.

The same goes for the likes of Darius Slay, Randall Cobb, Hayden Hurst, Stefon Diggs, Darron Lee, Erik Harris, and many more. Sherman is hardly alone here, but he is one of the most notable players to speak up.

It should be interesting (to say the least) to see how the NFL attempts to go about what promises to be a challenging season.

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And it remains to be seen if Sherman’s concerns will prove to be valid.