Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman is known for speaking his mind, and now he's calling out the NFL for its racism in the wake of the NBA's Donald Sterling incident.
Sterling, owner of the L.A. Clippers, was banned for life from associating with the Clippers or the NBA over a tape of racist remarks Sterling made to his girlfriend V. Stiviano.
In an interview with Time.com, Sherman was asked whether the NFL would take similar action against an owner in a comparable situation, and his answer was a simple one:
"No I don’t. Because we have an NFL team called the Redskins."
Sherman characterized the NFL as "more of a bottom-line league" that won't change unless there is money at stake, and added that the continued use of the Redskins team name "says a whole lot."
In response to the interview, the Oneida Indian Nation released a statement in which OIN Representative Ray Halbritter, who is also behind the Change the Mascot campaign, characterized Sherman as part of a tradition of "athletes who have been willing to use their public platform to demand justice."
"Richard Sherman has not only honored the courage of all the athletes before him who fought for civil rights, he also has sent a powerful wake-up call to the NFL," Halbritter continued. "Richard Sherman has let every player in the NFL know that they don’t have to be silent — they have a right to stand up and say that professional sports should not be marketing and promoting racial slurs."