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Richard Sherman didn't join Lions as free agent partly because of 'the Patriots' way'

Richard Sherman didn't join Lions as free agent partly because of 'the Patriots' way'

Richard Sherman is preparing to play in Super Bowl LIV as a member of the San Francisco 49ers, but they weren't the only team interested in signing the veteran cornerback before the 2018 season.

The Detroit Lions made a run at Sherman in free agency and even offered him more money, he recently told The Athletic's David Lombardi

The Lions had just hired Matt Patricia as their new head coach. Patricia arrived from New England, where he served as Patriots defensive coordinator when the team beat Sherman and the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX.

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One of the reasons why Sherman didn't accept the Lions' offer had to do with the Patriot Way culture that Patricia was bringing to Detroit.

“But that’s not the kind of football I want to play,” Sherman said of the Lions, per Lombardi. “The way you run their scheme, your culture. You want to do it the Patriots’ way and that’s really not the way I do football.

“I have fun. I like music at practice. I like to hang out and be relaxed in meetings. I don’t like the stressful environment in football. (The Lions) condition every day after practice. My body isn’t built to run all day and night. I’ll be prepared, but I don’t have to be run into the ground.”

There's the "fun" word again.

Philadelphia Eagles offensive lineman Lane Johnson criticized the Patriots for a lack of fun after his team beat New England in Super Bowl LII. Patriots players were quick to remind Johnson they were having fun after winning Super Bowl LIII. After all, winning is pretty fun, and no team in sports has enjoyed more success in the 21st century than the Patriots. Six Super Bowl championships, nine AFC championships and 17 AFC East titles since 2000 speak for themselves. 

Sherman, in fairness, clearly made the right choice between the 49ers and Lions. 

The Lions have failed to become a playoff-caliber team under Patricia. Detroit is 9-22-1 in his two seasons as head coach, including a dreadful 3-12-1 record in 2019. 

The 49ers will play against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday night with the Lombardi Trophy at stake, and Sherman is a huge reason why San Francisco has reached this stage. He earned second team All-Pro honors as a key member of one of the league's elite defenses.

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Patriots' Stephon Gilmore one of many NFL stars in powerful 'Black Lives Matter' video

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Patriots' Stephon Gilmore one of many NFL stars in powerful 'Black Lives Matter' video

Several of the NFL's biggest stars are stepping up to speak out against systemic racism and the racial injustices that once again have come to light in the wake of George Floyd's murder.

New England Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore joined up with the New York Giants' Saquon Barkley, Kansas City Chiefs' Patrick Mahomes, Cleveland Browns' Odell Beckham Jr., Arizona Cardinals' DeAndre Hopkins and a number of other high-profile black players to put together a powerful video on Thursday.

In the video, the players reveal what they would like to hear the NFL state about the racial injustices that continue to plague the country.

Watch below:

Hopefully, the league and its fans will hear their message loud and clear.

McCourty twins address Drew Brees' controversial comments, whether they forgive Saints QB

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McCourty twins address Drew Brees' controversial comments, whether they forgive Saints QB

Drew Brees has taken plenty of heat lately due to the comments he made about players "disrespecting the American flag" by kneeling during the national anthem.

The New Orleans Saints quarterback was asked during an interview with Yahoo! Finance about players kneeling during the anthem to protest police brutality and racial injustice in America. Brees answered, “I will never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America or our country."

It didn't take long for the veteran QB to get backlash for those insensitive remarks. A number of Brees' NFL peers, including both Devin and Jason McCourty of the New England Patriots, scolded him for his comments.

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On Thursday, the McCourty twins delved deeper into the subject on a special edition of their Double Coverage podcast titled "Bridge To Action." Following an enlightening interview with former FBI special agent M. Quentin Williams, which you can watch below, the McCourtys addressed the Brees situation. 

"Everybody's been in an uproar over Drew Brees' comments, and obviously we've responded on Twitter," said Jason McCourty. "Somebody had asked earlier, 'do we forgive him?' and I don't think any of this thing is about forgiveness. It's not about Drew Brees, it's not about Jason or Devin McCourty, it's about realizing, 'Alright, here's an issue and we need to find a solution for that issue.' Like, you don't have an issue with Drew Brees when he makes those statements. You have an issue with that train of thought, and that thought is what we're trying to move away from.

"So as soon as anyone who has that thought is willing to dive in and learn, and open up dialogue to talk about -- because I think sometimes we subconsciously have thoughts that we don't know we have, and then we say some things that we may have to take some time to go back and self-reflect ... Maybe I need to look inwardly and see like, 'Hey, maybe I'm not looking at this thing the right way. And I think when we're able to do that, there's no animosity or hostility toward anyone because that's not what we're trying to do. It's about there's an issue, and we want to fix this issue."

Devin McCourty doubled down on what his brother had to say and mentioned that he doesn't have anything against Brees. Rather, he hopes this will help the 41-year-old and others like him look at the situation from a different perspective.

"It's not about forgiving or hating," said Devin. "Like, I've never hated Drew Brees. I don't even know Drew Brees. So it was never about that. It was just, how can we get people to now not look through those lenses. And he's a guy who if he doesn't look through those lenses, he can get a lot of other people to feel the same way. So hopefully some good turns out from that."

Brees has since issued an apology for his comments, saying they "lacked awareness and any type of compassion or empathy."

Beyond the McCourty twins' comments on Brees, their interview with Williams is well worth the watch. Williams is the founder and CEO of the non-profit organization Dedication to Community, whose mission is to "empower individuals and communities to achieve their business and societal goals through the spirit of entrepreneurial enterprise and community advocacy. The McCourtys and Williams had a mindful conversation about the recent killings of unarmed black men, the relationship between law enforcement and communities of color, and the next steps to implementing positive change in the United States.