Richard Sherman stands by what he says.
However, he didn't have anything to do with an online blog post advocating for violence against police.
The Seattle Seahawks cornerback made that clear during a press conference Wednesday. Yet, he believes that athletes shouldn't be afraid to speak up about societal issues.
"I think if we did have more guys that spoke up on those types of things, we'd be in a better place as a society and as a culture," Sherman said, as reported by ESPN. "Sometimes you have to do your best to use your platform in the best way possible, and it's not always advertising and marketing for these companies. It's sometimes standing for what you believe in and speaking for what you believe in."
That being said, Sherman firmly stated that he didn't have anything to do with a post circulating online. Still, he believes in Black Lives Matter, but that violence against police isn't the answer.
"I don't think it's any time to call for an all-out war against police or any race of people," he said. "I thought that was an ignorant statement. But as a Black man, I do understand that Black lives matter. I stand for that. I believe in that wholeheartedly, but I also think that there's a way to go about things, and there's a way to do things," Sherman said. "I think the issue at hand needs to be addressed internally before we move on, because from personal experience, living in the hood, living in the inner city, you deal with things. You deal with people dying, dealt with a best friend getting killed."
He added that black communities must be strengthened first.
"I think that's the point that we need to get to, is we need to deal with our own internal issues before we start moving forward and start attacking other people," Sherman said. "We need to solidify ourselves as a people and deal with our issues because I think as long as we have Black-on-Black crime and one Black man killing another, if Black lives matter, then they should matter all the time. You should never let somebody get killed. That's somebody's son, that's somebody's brother, that's somebody's friend. So you should always keep that in mind."
About police, he added: "There's a lot of dealings with police officers right now. I don't think all cops are bad. I think there's some great cops out there who do everything in their power to uphold the badge and uphold the honor and protect the people out in society. But there are bad cops, and I think that also needs to be addressed. I think the police officers we have right now, some of it is being brought to light because of video cameras, everybody has a cameraphone. But these are things a lot of us have dealt with our whole lives. And I think right now is a perfect time to deal with. The climate we're in, everybody's being more accepting, so I think the ignorance should stop. I think people should realize at the end of the day, we're all human beings. Before we're black, white, Asian, Polynesian, Latino, we're humans."
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