Richard Sherman Says NFL Wouldn’t Have Banned Sterling for Life

Outspoken Seahawks corner doesn't think commissioner Roger Goodell would permanently bar a racist owner.

Posted: 05/08/2014 08:00 AM EDT

If an NFL owner made racist remarks similar to Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling's, league commissioner Roger Goodell wouldn’t ban him for life.

That’s what outspoken Seattle Seahawks star cornerback Richard Sherman said in a recent interview with Time.

“No, I don’t [think the NFL would react in the same way],” Sherman said. “Because we have an NFL team called the [Washington] Redskins. I don’t think the NFL really is as concerned as they show. The NFL is more of a bottom line league. If it doesn’t effect their bottom line, they’re not as concerned.”

That being said, Sherman hopes the Sterling incident—being banned for life by NBA commissioner Adam Silver for making racist remarks—forces the issue on a name change for the Redskins, who have been openly criticized by the Native American community and others for their derogatory name.

“I would hope it would help,” Sherman continued. “It’d help reinitiate the conversation. And at least there would be another discussion. You know, I think the discussion has stopped. And the public has just accepted it. And I think there should be more conversations. But it is what it is.”

Last week, Senator Harry Reid implored the NFL to learn from Sterling and change the Redskins’ name.

"Commissioner [Adam] Silver and the NBA leadership have set the standard for how a professional sports organization should act in the face of racism," Reid told ABC News. "How long will the NFL continue to do nothing, zero, as one of its teams bears the name that inflicts so much pain for Native Americans?"

On Wednesday, the Seahawks signed Sherman to a four-year, $57.4 million contract extension, including $40 million in guaranteed money.

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