SANTA CLARA -- Richard Sherman, who enters his 10th NFL season, believes a crucial part of being a high-profile professional athlete is not sticking to sports.
On Friday, Sherman's teammate, 49ers defensive lineman Arik Armstead, devoted his opening statement during his media accessibility to cite FBI figures that speak to the alarming rise in hate crimes in the United States.
Armstead said he plans to address issues of social injustice each time he speaks to the media this season. Sherman voiced his full support for Armstead’s commitment.
“I think it’s one of the most important things in the world, especially during this time,” Sherman said Friday. “I think it’s past due time for them to arrest Breonna Taylor’s killers. But that hasn’t happened. It’s time for everybody to continue to speak up, continue to put pressure on things they see are wrong.”
Taylor, 26, was fatally shot in March by plainclothes police officers who were reportedly executing a no-knock search warrant into her apartment in Louisville, Kentucky. No arrests have been made in the case.
“There’s been a lot of turning a blind eye in this country especially to wrongdoings and inequalities,” Sherman said. “I think that needs to stop. The more we keep putting pressure, the more we highlight the terrible things that are going on, and the more we punish the people who are doing wrong, the better we’ll be.
“These are wild times, and I think the more we can speak up, the more we can shed light on it, the more we can do, the better the world will be for our kids.”