February 2, 2014, - 8:26 pm

Superbowl Richard Sherman Myths & Facts: Yes, He’s a Race-Baiter; No, He’s Not That Smart

By Debbie Schlussel

Yes, I know Super Bowl XLVIII is going on as I write this, and I couldn’t be more bored. Nor could I care less–about who’s playing, about who should win, about the hackneyed, over-rated ads and halftime show, and so on. Blah, blah, blah. But there are two things I’m tired of hearing about Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman: his race-card playing (and Rush Limbaugh’s annoying jock-sniffery in defending that race-card playing that he would never defend with anyone but an NFL player) and the allegation repeated by the press that Sherman is “soooooo smart.” Yeah, a veritable genius that one.

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So, here is some fact checking you aren’t getting anywhere else, including FOX News and Rush Limbaugh:

1) Richard Sherman, Race-Baiter Extraordinaire:

Sherman has played the race card so many times, the credit card company is denying the card. He’s over the limit. When Sherman ranted and raved like a crazy guy after an NFL playoff game, I didn’t care. That’s NFL bravado (and stupidity). But when, after the fact, he raved non-stop that people calling him a “thug” are racists, I’d had enough. Sherman claimed that calling a person a “thug” is the same as calling them the N-word. Um, not exactly.

The word “thug” has nothing to do with race. And, in fact, when I used to use it to call violent NFL players, “thugs,” on my highly-rated CBS radio show, the Black guy (Rob “RG3 isn’t Black enough” Parker) on the sports show before my show and his White ass-kissing lackey partner, Mark Wilson, called me a “racist!” It’s funny, though, because one of the guys I was calling a “thug” was Ryan Tucker, who was Whiter than rice.

Newsflash: the word, “thug,” which means “thief,” comes from the Indian (Asian Indian, not American) gang called the Thugs, descendants of Muslims who were violent and engaged in robbery, assassinations, and assorted pillaging across India. They were not White. They were not Black. They were “Asian.” But the word is neither racist, nor exclusive as an adjective for describing any race. If Richard Sherman were the Rhodes Scholar Einstein the liberal sports press–and Rush Limbaugh–keep telling us he is, he’d know that. But he ain’t. Not even close, which brings us to . . .

2) Richard Sherman, Average Intelligence or Below, No Genius:






The mainstream liberal media (including FOX News) keeps telling us that Richard Sherman is a rocket scientist and brain surgeon because he had a 4.2 (The Washington Post) or 4.1 (another report–at Bleacher Report–quoted by the Post) at Compton’s Dominguez High School. The liars at FOX News claimed Sherman had a 4.5 in high school, which has absolutely no basis in fact, and you can assume this is the case with much of FOX News’ “reporting.” Scout.com, which is used by coaches and sports industry people, is very reliable, and has no agenda, reported that, his junior year, Sherman’s cumulative GPA was 3.9 (out of a possible 5.0), so it’s hard to believe he did so well in one academic year that his cumulative GPA went up to a 4.2.

Regardless, this is Compton we are talking about, not Beverly Hills High, where the curriculum is far more challenging. There is a reason the movie about Compton is called, “Boyz n the Hood,” not “Scholars n the Hood.” A 3.9 or 4.1 or 4.2 at Compton High is maybe a 2.5 at Beverly Hills High or a decent public school where the curriculum is challenging. The admissions counselors at Stanford know that. Why won’t the sports media, who also know that, admit it? Because that would be “racist!” We can’t acknowledge affirmative action or the fact that most of these inner city schools simply are not known for turning out the next scientist who is going to cure cancer or the next Bill Gates or Steve Jobs. Pretending otherwise is simply intellectual dishonesty.

Then, there are Richard Sherman’s SAT scores, from which IQ can be gleaned. Scout.com reports that his first try at the SATs got him a score of 990. That’s hardly a genius-level SAT score. It translates to an IQ of 108.01 to 108.55, which is at the 70th percentile of IQs. Yup, not a genius. Not even close. Just average intelligence. On his second SAT try, Sherman got a combined verbal and math score of 1060, again not very smart, just above average . . . barely. That translates to an IQ of 113.08 to 113.95, which would put him in the 80th percentile of IQs. Would you brag about getting 70s or 80s on a 100 point test? Not unless you like bragging about being average. The liars at FOX News claimed Sherman scored a 1200 on the SATs, which is an absolute lie. The FOX Newsers just made it up. Again, this is par for the course for most of the alleged “facts” upon which FOX News pimps you.

I keep being told by the mainstream liberal sports media that Richard Sherman had a high GPA at Stanford, but they won’t tell me just what that GPA was exactly. Or what courses he took (they had absurdly easy courses with absurdly inflated grades for athletes at the University of Michigan when I went there, and I used to have hockey players call me the night before an exam with the exam questions, asking me the answers; gee, how did that happen?). So, I’m not buying it. Doesn’t make me a racist. It makes me a realist who is interested in hard facts, none of which bear out any of the hype about how great this Sherman character is. Those who say otherwise are the real racists, and so are all of the media players who keep telling me that this person who is average to below average in intelligence is a genius . . . just because he’s Black. And you know that’s the only reason.

I guarantee you the only way Richard Sherman, without the football skills, would get into Stanford is on an affirmative action ride.

And those are the facts. Time for the mainstream liberal sports media, including FOX News–and Rush Limbaugh, who’s been gushing over Sherman for weeks–to face them.

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Given this, I’m rooting for Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos to win tonight. For whom are you rooting if anyone?

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38 Responses

I happen to live in Colorado and people are crazy about the Denver Broncos here.

I don’t think they’ll win! If they’ll pull off an upset, it’ll be news.

I’m bored with knowing how lopsided this game is. No fun in watching the Broncos and Peyton Manning having their hide handed to them.

NormanF on February 2, 2014 at 8:42 pm

Unfortunately as I write this, Denver is getting slaughtered. I don’t have a horse (or hawk) in this race, but sure ain’t rootin’ for this ‘Predator’ look-alike.

“Rush Limbaugh’s annoying, jock-sniffery”…so sad, so true.
NFL don’t want him…You’d think he’d got the message years ago.

theShadow on February 2, 2014 at 8:45 pm

Well, maybe he did get a good GPA at Stanford after all.

He seems to have a keen awareness of the oppression that people of color suffer. That is good enough for an A in many, many college courses these days.

And as far as your experiences at Michigan, at least there’s one positive if they only told the athletes the questions and not the answers.

Little Al on February 2, 2014 at 9:04 pm

Robert Merril version of the Star Spangle Banner was vastly superior to the Opera singer today. Do not sing it like an Opera Aria. It was really meant for baritone.

maman on February 2, 2014 at 9:07 pm

    Robert Merrill is sorely missed. A magnificent voice, excellent acting skills and always the gentleman. We should not criticize Renee Fleming…..an opera singer interprets music differently and usually reverts to type. Witness the opera singers who sing and record “Popular” songs. It always sounds like a musical parody. The one exception was Eileen Farrell.

    Victoryman on February 3, 2014 at 8:40 am

Richard Sherman appeared to be unstable during the interview that he had with Erin Andrews. I pity any wife or girlfriend that he might have.

Worry on February 2, 2014 at 9:29 pm

The weight of the linemen makes it less like football and more like “team sumo wrestling”.

CornCoLeo on February 2, 2014 at 9:53 pm

I liked Manning and the Broncos, but am not terribly bothered by the result. Manning is a great man as well as stellar player despite tonight’s result.

These are teams, and I’m not going to jump for or against a whole organization over just one individual. I’m sure there is at least one player for Denver that has found a way to act like a big-talking goon somewhere sometime. Meanwhile the Seahawks, despite having Richard Sherman, also has quiet steady workhorse Marshawn Lynch, over whom the media has been griping all week for his decision not to run his mouth for TV cameras. Of course there’s Russell Wilson, a devout Christian who I hear does loads of charity work in the Seattle community. Similar thing as last year – Ray Lewis was an all-time criminal, but that didn’t make Joe Flacco undeserving.

There are good men on both teams. Shame on the media for ignoring them in favor of finding the biggest idiots and slime to promote in that ever present desire for manufactured drama.

And “thug” being racist is literally baffling to me in it’s stupidity. Really no clue where this is from, though the nature of the left is to call everything racist so I shouldn’t be surprised. Thug has been my goto word regarding the gov’t “titushki” beating up private citizens and torching cars during the ongoing revolution over in Ukraine and they’re plenty pasty-white. Never knew about the word’s Indian origin…

Brian R. on February 2, 2014 at 10:09 pm

Debbie, most of last week and the week before, I to heard and was listening to Rush Limbaugh’s talk show, and he became somewhat of an apologetic of Richard Sherman, by saying: “he’s well educated, blah blah blah”, with you giving out the whole facts of Mr. Sherman DS, is not saying that the man is stupid, dimwitted or slow-minded, is that he was presumably given social-engineering based unfortunately on his alleged skin-color, he didn’t assumingly was driven by affirmative action, I highly doubt that he would’ve gotten into Stanford University and given a football scholarship for College Football and be living today as a regular private citizen.

I initially picked the Broncos to win this game, but the results didn’t go the way I expected, in any event, it didn’t matter to me that much who won the game, because my NFL team wasn’t a participate in this evenings Super Bowl!

“A nation is defined by its borders, language & culture!”

Sean R. on February 2, 2014 at 10:23 pm

I’d blame all that on the juice.

But great games, like great wars, aren’t won by humble people. They’re won by Richard Shermans.

Sad but true.

Also, I swear that there are a whole bunch of people asking for their money back. As much as I’d love the ‘hawks to win, I didn’t expect them to make the Broncs their bitches that easily.

The Reverend Jacques on February 2, 2014 at 10:44 pm

Super Bowl is an expression of America, our way of life and the tradition that it has become.

Richard Sherman grew up in Compton and graduating university is not something that the majority of people from there have accomplished… The majority of nfl players don’t have that degree either do in that regard Richard Sherman is smart!

He’s a genius because he even has you buzzing about him so after all this let the endorsements begin….

All that being said, after reading this lil opinion piece I’m glad the game played out the way it did!

Clayton on February 3, 2014 at 12:14 am

    Isn’t it great that we have Clayton the libtard around?

    He begins with an ungrammatical vacuity: “[sic] Super Bowl is an expression of America, our way of life and the tradition that it [What?] has become.”

    Then he offers sheer nonsense: “He’s a genius because he even has you buzzing about him so after all this let the endorsements begin….” I suppose that Miley Virus and the Biebs are also geniuses as well?

    After such a rhetorical triumph, our Clayton concludes with with what is apparently half an olive branch: “All that being said, after reading this lil opinion piece I’m glad the game played out the way it did!”

    We are lucky have an intellect of such caliber to guide us.

    skzion on February 3, 2014 at 6:36 pm

Once again, my Denver Broncos thought speed and skill are enough, and once again they’re dead damn wrong. To win the Prize you’ve got to have mutant thugs. Denver does not have any mutant thugs. They just have good players and Mutant Thugs will crush good players every time, or didn’t the 55-10 ass whipping by San Francisco teach them anything? .. no. The devastating loss to the Ravens last year? .. no. The crushing defeat at the hands of the Cowboys or Redskins? .. No.

Next year the Broncos will have superb skill players ano thugs and they’ll make the playoffs and be crushed once again by the team with Mutant Thugs.

(sigh)

Jack on February 3, 2014 at 1:58 am

“Those who say otherwise are the real racists, and so are all of the media players who keep telling me that this person who is average to below average in intelligence is a genius . . . just because he’s Black. And you know that’s the only reason.”

Thank you. I’m always telling minorities that the liberals pandering to their worst traits and behaviors are the ones actually keeping them enslaved.

Super Bowl? More like Stupor Bowl.

Pray Hard on February 3, 2014 at 9:40 am

Real thugs in America are looking at Richard Sherman and saying he is no thug, I always believed a thug to more like a “gangbanger or bully” with whom Richard Sherman would turn and head for the hills if ever confronted by such. I remember him from last season getting in Tom Brady’s face and selling mouthing off as a non All-Pro rooky Tom looked at him and said grow up. He’s a base salaried non drafted sophomore player trying to increase his brand maybe try to become the next Deion Sanders make some side deals or commercials to boost his finances which can be pretty smart.
I love the way the Seahawks exposed Peyton Manning for who he is (OLD). Those young and fast players ran circles around the old AFC West guard who plays in a division that’s eight games with nothing but also-rans and has-beens one of the poorest divisions in the league and the Seahawks who are young and ambitious ate their lunch. It reminded me of the 1993 Super bowl with Dallas and Buffalo. I being a devout Seahawks fan since 1982 while stationed in Whidbey Island Washington called the game exactly and loved every minute of it we’ve been waiting a long time for this “GO SEAHAWKS”.

THE MANGOG on February 3, 2014 at 10:59 am

Allow me, first, to identify myself. I am white, republican, a 24 year veteran of the United States Army including tours in Iraq before I retired a few years ago..
With that said, I am by no means a fan of, or follower of, FOX news and I certainly don’t even acknowledge the other networks. And no, I do not pay attention to Limbaugh either. I’ll get back to the FOX and Limbaugh thing in a second or two.
Debbie, you are right on it. You know, this race card thing, or, disease.
This womb rejected Sherman idiot is like aids, no purpose. To define “thug” as being the same as calling a black, “nigger”, is not only race baiting, but ignorant, pathetic, and valueless. But hey, take one look at the White House and go figure. Sherman is stupid to logic, common sense, and historical knowledge. Sherman is nothing more than toilet bowl residue. Blacks have lost sense and intellectual standing. As if…… A white American Soldier is murdered, literally, outside Ft. Lewis, WA by a group of thugs, who were black, and later, learning that the black murderers were black Soldiers. Big news for a day, maybe two but had it been a black Soldier killed, the media would have had a pizza party. This brings me back to FOX and Limbaugh.
Neither would set up shop on this issue. Why?? Fear and patheticism..
So a white American Soldier, a Combat veteran is murdered by black Soldiers and nothing. Not even a thought or even a word from Obama dipshit, Holder, or those black filthy thugs who are identified as “black leaders”. You know, Sharpton, Jackson, naacp, etc…. And remember that simple minded black broad, oh yeah, Michele Obama who said “for the first time, I am proud of my country”. Like husband and wife, liars and deceptive open mouth and pathetic policy.
O’reilly and his deviant approach to authoring books that kill somebody.
Killing Lincoln.. Killing Jesus…. Killing Kennedy…
He should not smile thinking I am promoting his books.
How about a book entitled “Killing Whites”??
FOX and Limbaugh are nothing more than ratings gathering, personal agendized, self promoting venues.
People.. Wake the hell up!!!!!! Race baiting and prejudice and profiling isca creation of thugs, black and white

sherman, islam, obama, terrorists, biden, pelosi, muslims, naacp, illegals.

AND THE DIFFERENCE IS??????

oifmack on February 3, 2014 at 12:11 pm

False equivalent. Scoring an 80 on a test and being in the 80th percentile are two different things. Being smarter than 4 out of 5 people isn’t all that bad, but ya does not necessarily classify one as a genius.

Etickets on February 3, 2014 at 1:13 pm

So your argument is that because he went to school in Compton California and not Beverly Hills, that makes him average to below average intelligence? Richard Sherman grew up and graduated from a school with a 76% dropout rate, went to Stanford, and was drafted into the NFL. He is the best at what he does, and when he is not on the field, he is helping out in his community in California, as well as Washington state.

Here is a fact for you: Richard Sherman is better at life than you.

He overcame more adversity in the first 13 years of his education than you will probably ever see in your entire life, and graduated with honors. He went to Stanford and graduated with a BA in communications, and is working on his MBA (which, by the way, comparing Compton High to Beverly Hills high could be just as easy as comparing U of Michigan to Stanford with very similar results.) Now Richard Sherman is the best Cornerback in the NFL, and in two short seasons, has played in the biggest game of his career and won.

Have you received top honors in your field? Didn’t think so. How is your political career going? Oh that’s right, it’s not. Your political commentary is viewed as a joke by your peers (I use the term peer very loosely) on all sides of the political spectrum. The average American would have to Google you to know who you even are, so as I said before.

Richard Sherman is better at life than you.

“And those are the facts.”

Paul Fuson on February 3, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    For Paul Fuson

    Where can I begin? I know…. Your “intellectual” attempt at soldifying Sherman’s existance is fresh out of the introduction section of “Intellectual Compatibility for Dummies”. Correct??
    Either way…
    Your stupidity is giving me a headache and rest assured, I am not gonna stoop any lower by responding to your patheticism. So after this………
    To make ANY kind of argument in defense of this idiotic womb reject is pure, piss poor stupidity. He rants about the word thug being a covert, verbal attempt at calling a black person a nigger.. Plain and simple..
    So Compton, to an elite University is your argument and on top of that you defend his very being by saying “he is better at life”. You just plain smell.
    Read my initial post earlier but only if you can handle facts and truths and intellectual prose..
    He is better at shit.. Certainly not better than me in any aspect.
    I am a retired U.S. Army Soldier with tours in Iraq; Bachelors Political Science and Masters of Philosophy; White; Republican; and much much more…
    You are nothing more than a tunnel worshipper with simple minded ideologies.
    I am done with you………
    Now go get a life….
    .

    oifmack on February 3, 2014 at 10:13 pm

      To Oifmack – He can make an argument against someone, while being overcharged with adrenaline, after making the most important play of his entire career, on a national stage, in front of a screaming audience – WITHOUT having to resort to swearing to prove a point, you couldn’t even do the same from the comfort of your own keyboard. So tell me again about your stellar IQ. Have a nice day.

      Paul Fuson on February 4, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    Don’t you think that Sherman owes somebody a public apology for that post-game rant after the NFC championship game?

    Media reports are unreliable. All I know about the guy is what I witnessed in a post-game interview when the Seahawks won the NFC championship. The rest is rather unimportant.

    I believe that a smart guy who seeks a future in business would know when and how to apologize.

    There is NO Santa Claus on February 5, 2014 at 7:34 am

LOOOOOL Debbie doesnt know the difference between percent and percentile.

Here’s a simple math lesson for some of her readers who may be ignorant of the difference: if 100 people were in a room, Sherman would have a “higher IQ” than 80 of them.

Malek on February 3, 2014 at 4:08 pm

I didn’t watch it and didn’t care. I only watch when my Steelers are in it.

Although my prediction to my wife that Manning would prove himself to be a choke-artist extraordinaire did turn out to be right and for that I’m a little happy.

DS_ROCKS! on February 3, 2014 at 4:10 pm

Maybe there are many in the media who rely on other sources for “stats” such as his genius. But that’s where one has to find out themselves. I don’t have the enjoyment for pro-football I used to have. The powers that be have twisted and guided the game into to a system where it fools the public into thinking it’s the greatest American game out there. The play in the NFL has gone down since the mid-eighties. All these player with these “college educations”, yet can’t hardly speak a plain word of English. Dress and act like Thugs. Very disrespectful to the butt kissing sports media (the media bring that on themselves sometimes). While the networks tell us how popular the NFL is, they wont tell you how un-popular and dissapointing the game has become. The NBA used to be very good at their product, but now has become a pure getto game. The NFL while it still draws fans is not what the media want you to think. I wanted to see Denver win, because of some of their players…Tamme, Decker, Welker and such…but… not to be. Maybe Sherman is a “genius” compared to the other NFL player, which ain’t saying much. Where are the Johnny U’s, Bart Starr’s, Roger Staubach’s , Larry Wilson’s and the Billy Ray Smith’s . The old days are gone forever.

William on February 3, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    William they don’t make players like Roger, Johnny, Billy and Bart anymore. Now we’re stuck with a bunch of “thugs” who look like Busta Rhymes.

    Ken B on February 3, 2014 at 6:57 pm

I don’t know who corned the phrase that defense wins championships but that was so true in this case. From that safety in the beginning the Broncos seemed to not have been able to recover. I really did want them to win but the Seahawks’ defense was just too strong and quick. That being said I’m glad that Debbie gave the skinny on the Busta Rhymes look-a-like Sherman. It was so funny when this doofus gave his little shout-a-thon/interview to Erin Andrews after the NFC Championship. She’s annoying too so that was perfect. Also what was funny was everyone in the media including Fox News and Rush Limbaugh gushing over this guys smarts. Smart he may be but to play the race card about the word thug was a bit much. To bad for him to act like an ass on TV and then to get called on it. Maybe he really should take Tom Brady’s advice and grow up.

Ken B on February 3, 2014 at 7:28 pm

Sherman cracked Manning’s hand signals. That takes some smarts right there.

Etickets on February 4, 2014 at 5:35 pm

I think my combined SAT score was about 1150 +/-. I maxed out on the math/science part. I scored minus-something on the English and literary part. (I exaggerate, but not by much.)

You can tell by the posts I leave on this blog that I have no literary skills. Can’t you?

Duh,

Dare is NO Santa Claus (aka TINSC)

There is NO Santa Claus on February 4, 2014 at 10:57 pm

Looks like a friggen’ Mensa member to me!

Leonard Jones on February 5, 2014 at 9:34 pm

Well, more Americans know who Richard Sherman is than know who Debbie…er…umm??? What is your last name again?

Driveby on February 7, 2014 at 3:45 am

Ok. I know this is an old article, and other people have pointed this out, but this is driving me crazy.

1. You can’t convert SAT scores to IQ points. They measure two completely different things.

2. Having an IQ score in the 70th or 80th percentile means that you have a higher IQ score than 70 or 80 percent of the people who took the test. IF those are his IQ scores, he’s certainly well above average IQ. Average here being 50th percentile.

I just think it’s ironic that an article claiming someone else is of average or below average intelligence is written by a woman who clearly doesn’t know what she’s talking about. Get it together, Schlussel. Christ. It’s almost funny.

ColdBear556 on February 24, 2014 at 10:21 pm

    “2. Having an IQ score in the 70th or 80th percentile means that you have a higher IQ score than 70 or 80 percent of the people who took the test. IF those are his IQ scores, he’s certainly well above average IQ. Average here being 50th percentile.”

    That is exactly right. So most people would not complain about scoring higher than 70-80% of the rest of the people, which certainly puts you well above average.

    Darryn Frost on April 22, 2014 at 2:39 pm

“A 4.2 at Compton is a 2.5 at Beverly Hills high”. Don’t you think Stanford might have considered that, and then realized that Sherman still would’ve done well at a more challenging high school? Yeah, and he still had an amazing GPA and Stanford, dipshit. Don’t hate him cause you ain’t him.

Noah on June 6, 2014 at 5:52 pm

Also, your comment about Compton having less challenging curriculum is still BS because the kids at Beverly Hills high don’t have to deal with the shit that kids at Compton do. In Compton you have to deal with drugs, thugs, and parents that might not look after you. The fact that Sherman got a 4.2 at Compton shows that he was/is DISCIPLINED. A 4.2 at Compton is an 8.0 at Beverly Hills.

Noah on June 6, 2014 at 5:57 pm

Who, exactly, is this tool who is blogging this? “Highly-rated CBS radio show,” on what station/channel? Do you even know football? Watch it?
Maybe you’re just a little bit jealous because he went to Stanford and you had to settle for a state school. And Michigan, at that.
Also, you start out the section about his intelligence by stating it is average or below. However, you comment later in that section about it being barely above average, converting SAT scores to IQ. And, saying something is in the 80th percentile means it is better than 80%. Not even close to the same as getting an 80% on a test. Maybe you should go look in the mirror for that below average intelligence. Or, maybe you should go back to your oh-so-successful political career.

Chris M on June 8, 2014 at 12:40 am

It’s football, 90% of people posting haven’t seen a thug. Sherman is far from it.

Justin on November 21, 2014 at 10:53 pm

I read some of your articles and you do not seem very bright. My 10 month old is better at logic than you are. Saying 80th percentile is not equivalent to making a 70 on a test moron. They have nothing to do with each other. I have read that you have law and MBA degrees. While those degrees aren’t nearly as difficult as engineering or physics, I know that in general they do not just hand them out to anyone. So I assume you might have done more than take tests and write a dissertation to obtain those degrees.

Ian Stevens on November 27, 2014 at 3:41 pm

Wow. This guy graduated high school, attended and graduated from one of the most prestigious universities in the US and is now a successful football player? Talk about beating the odds. One less black man in jail.

Tearra on November 27, 2014 at 11:30 pm

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