The #BlackLivesMatter movement is catching some serious heat from two NFL defensive superstars. And they are both Super Bowl champions.
First, Seattle Seahawks star Richard Sherman reportedly responded to a graphic created by “King Noble,” who recently made headlines for calling for “open season on crackers and cops.”
Here’s the graphic featuring Sherman and fellow Seahawk Marshawn Lynch:
Sherman reportedly took to Noble’s website and left him a message:
“I did not believe this when I heard about it. I watched your videos. I started a life in the ghetto..I banged like a fool till I woke up. I was not suppressed by any man or woman, white or black.
I worked myself up from Compton High School to a scholarship at Standford University and I did it myself. I take pride in what I have accomplished both as a black man, and an athlete. I could have stayed in LA and banged and used drugs and thought that it was all the white man’s fault. But that would be a lie. We are who we want to be, that is what is great about America. We are all born with the same chances in life..white or black…YOU choose to be a woman-abusing racist loudmouth. I would love to debate you on national TV. And if you condone senseless black shootings of whites and police officers, you better make that a debate on Springer, so I can bitchslap your ignorant ass!
You are what is keeping and making the black race look bad. Wake up fool. Do not glorify this half a man, he has worked for nothing. He chose to keep himself where he is, not the white people. It is time to take responsibility for your own actions, and not act like a stinking fool. Kids and young black men and women look at this site, and believe that they are abused. That is a bold-faced lie. It is out of the mouths of cheap thugs like you that are hurting our young and taking away the chances they have to make themselves a productive part of society. Brothers and sisters: the only slavery in America now is the one you put yourself into. Rise up like Doctor King as taught us, and be a real human being. We are all in this togehter, white and black. Peace to all, and I hope this stupid fake hate stops real soon. We are all brothers and sisters. Do not be fooled by the tyranny of evil men like this. Lift yourself up, educate yourselves, and work hard for a good life. No one owes you anything. Stand proud as a person of color, and do something meaningful with your life. I did and I am the best at what I do! Peace out, R Sherman.”
Another outspoken NFL superstar in Baltimore spoke out against saying “Black lives matter,” and instead wants it to be just “lives matter.” Former Baltimore Ravens MVP Ray Lewis said:
“Remove the word black and say ‘lives matter,'” he declared, in context of the Black Lives Matter movement. “Stop sending mothers back home empty. You can never replace a mother’s child. If we want black lives matter, let’s make it matter to us. That’s the new call.”
#BlackLivesMatter activists previously asserted that saying that was a violent statement.
This isn’t Lewis’s first run in with BLM. During the Baltimore riots earlier this year, Lewis took to YouTube and left a message for the rioters:
You hear that and think, “Right on. Good message.”
The #BlackLivesMatter crowd and other social justice warriors hear that and think, “That’s riot shaming.”
No, seriously. That’s a thing.
If you think there’s no shame in rioting, it’s probable a message of self-determination and respecting all lives is going to be lost on you. But it’s still nice to see.