Super Bowl winning NFL player Richard Sherman was dragged into the Black Lives Matter movement against his will, when a picture showing him talking to another player went viral.
Black Lives Matter leader King Noble used the Seattle Seahawks cornerback’s image in a meme that was captioned, “When we gon Kill These KKKrakas Bro.”
Sherman, who was selected to be on the cover of the popular NFL video game Madden ’15, was horrified by Noble’s use of his image to promote violence. He took his response to social media and went on the attack.
Noble has been reported as a leader in the “F Yo Flag” movement, where protestors are encouraged to destroy and oppose the American flag. He has been an advocate for killing white people and police.
On a radio program, Noble has been recorded saying:
Today, we live in a time when the white man will be picked off, and there’s nothing he can do about it. His day is up, his time is up. We will witness more executions and killing of white people and cops than we ever have before.
It’s about to go down. It’s open season on killing white people and crackas.
In his social media response, Sherman called Noble a ‘cheap thug’ and urged peace to all, both black and white.
Editor’s Note: There is no confirmation at this time that Richard Sherman wrote the post in question. The response by the person claiming to be the Seattle Seahawks superstar has been widely reported, but not confirmed.
Update: Richard Sherman has confirmed at a press conference that he did not actually write this post as many news agencies had reported. However, he did express views strikingly similar to the post at the press conference as well as in a February interview with Sports Illustrated. The views expressed were close enough to Sherman’s that, according to MSN, his own friends believed he wrote it.
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