Seattle Seahawks’ star defensive back Richard Sherman recently told reporters that he supports the Black Lives Matter movement, but believes that the issue of “black-on-black” crime needs to be resolved first. (Read/see his comments here.)
Sherman’ s sentiment has ruffled the feathers of many BLM supporters, including ESPN 2 host Michael Smith. On his morning show, His and Hers, Smith said that he respects Sherman and other athletes who speak out on social issues, but that he is “dead wrong” and “needs to do a little more reading,” on the subject.
“This is so counter-productive because it undermines the message and the movement that is Black Lives Matter,” Smith said.
He continued, “Black-on-black crime has nothing to do with crimes against black people by the state,” Smith went on. “I’m just a little disappointed to hear Richard Sherman speak on that and validate the people who think that. We hear that enough every day.”
During an interview with the press, Sherman recalled the crimes he witnessed while growing up, stating that addressing police behavior is not the end-all solution.
“We need to solidify ourselves as people and deal with our issues, because I think as long as we have black-on-black crime and, you know, one black man killing another … if black lives matter, then it should matter all the time.”
You can watch the segment here, via ESPN: