Seattle Seahawks cornerback, Richard Sherman, said that football players have no reason to trust the NFL.
“We really don’t have a reason to trust the NFL, and I don’t think they mind either way,” remarked Sherman of the relationship between the two. “At the end of the day, they’re going to do what they have to do to make their money and to make as much money as they can for the owners, and our union’s going to do what they can to protect the interests of the players and the rights of the players and help them make as much money as possible. That’s the way it’s always gonna be.”
Sherman is known for being outspoken on a myriad of issues and has come under criticism for his candor at times. He specified player safety as one reason that players might be wary of their league and employers.
“It’s hard to stress player safety in such a violent game,” he said. “Because, at the end of the day, ratings sell, people wanna buy tickets, people are gonna come to games regardless. Now, does the league care when Cam Newton gets hit in the face five times, and pretty much knocked out of the game, and they have all these spotters and people that watch the game specifically for these reasons and you see the guy on his hands and knees shaking his head and he just took a shot to the face?”