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.
“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.”
"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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