Richard Sherman billboard sparks outrage

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SHERMAN BILLBOARDFIFE — He made the game-winning play to push the Seahawks into the Super Bowl. After the game, cornerback Richard Sherman’s comments about opposing players caused a lot of controversy.

Sherman continues to be the Seahawk everyone is focusing on leading into the Super Bowl. But a lot of people in the northwest are now focusing on a billboard in the Seattle-Tacoma area that takes a major shot at Sherman. It’s a digital billboard of Sherman and the words “Zero class.”

“It is absolutely inappropriate,” said Rosie Tomyn, one of several Seahawks fan, who took issue with the billboard.

“They zeroed in on one player and one specific moment and put ‘zero class,’” said Tomyn. “I think that’s where they crossed the line and I don’t see that as being OK.”

Emerald Outdoor Advertising, the Spokane company that owns the billboard, has been flooded with complaints. It’s manager, Tom Townsend, says he’s a Seahawk fan and likes Richard Sherman, but this is business.

“The person who bought the board has the right to put his opinion up,” said Townsend. “He paid $7,200 dollars for that ad.”

A group of 49er fans in San Francisco is behind the ad. They first tweaked Hawks fans with a billboard showcasing the five Super Bowl trophy’s won by the 49ers. And those same 49er fans who put up the billboard, have also, along with several Seahawks fans, raised more than $30,000 for Seattle Children’s Hospital.

“If I have to take a little heat and the Children’s Hospital makes some money, I guess that’s my sacrifice and I’ll take it.”

Late Thursday afternoon, however, the billboard’s owner relented and took the Sherman sign down.  Working with the 49er fans, he put up a sign showing 49er player Navorro Bowman, who suffered a brutal knee injury in the NFC Championship. The sign says he should be defensive player of the year.

The fan group is still hoping to raise $50,000 for Children’s Hospital.

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  • Travis

    When a man can't back up what he says it's called "talking shit", when the man CAN back it up…'s called THE TRUTH! Sherman is THE best Cornerback in the NFL. 12>49 GO HAWKS!

    • HeNateMe

      No, it's people like you that set the white race backwards a generation. I can't believe you'd say something like that. You are the person that should be vilified, not Richard Sherman.

      • Doug

        Your conclusion that blacks are somehow related to chimps is more racist than the comment that he is a chimp. He acted like a chimp after the game. That showing will have consequences for years to come. Sucks for fans of the Seahawks no matter how much they want to downplay it.

    • HeNateMe

      Just can't wait for the Seahawks D to shut down the #1 offense of all time. If you want to be the best you gotta beat the best. I just can't wait.

  • Guest

    Kinda funny how everyone thinks Sherman is the bad guy for wanting to tell Crabtree "Hell of a game" and shake his hand. But that is the uneducated general public for you always shooting off at the mouth before they know the truth.

    • Ted

      Didn’t the 9ers lose? Why are they still trying to gum the works up? TO did this and made a career out of it, and no billboard. This is whining at a whole new level. Trash talk is part of the game. Just ask Crabtree. At least the money goes to the children’s hospital, right?

    • Doug

      first the game was not over, after he made the play and crabtree was walking off the field Sherman chased him down and smacked his ass and extended a mock handshake. It doesnt take a genius to figure out that was taunting and the refs penalized him for it. Dont even try to butter it up, its embarrassing and thats why you are trying to turn it into Sherman being a good sport. C'mon do you know Richard "dick" Sherman?

  • HeNateMe

    This is just more motivation for the Hawks to destroy the Broncos. Even I have a chip on my shoulder about this! Love Sherman!

    Go Harvin, Go Wilson, Go Sherman, Go Beast Mode. Go Hawks!

    • HeNateMe

      We will just have to wait and see. No one in Seattle is disrespecting the Broncos. Hope the Broncos aren't expecting much from the Hawks like their fans are. Surprise!

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