The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa


January 24, 2014

We're too sensitive

When did society become so sensitive?

Possibly the advent of the Internet has drawn more attention to our inability to accept other people’s culture and point of views, but after Richard Sherman’s attempt at cutting a promo for the WWE on Sunday after his team went to the Super Bowl, it became clear that our nation, or at least Facebook, Twitter and any other medium available, doesn’t like football players yelling into the camera.

If you haven’t seen Sherman’s interview, then you likely don’t own a television or have Internet access, but if you did see it, you likely have formulated an opinion.

And was it that bad? It sounded more like an interview with a professional wrestler than a football player, and since I loved wrestling when I was a kid, I thought Sherman’s interview provided great entertainment.

What’s better? Sitting through another pre-rehearsed coaches interview about how great their team played together or seeing real emotion play out on live television. I know which one I’m taking.

But the majority of the nation is siding with the “Our team executed well and we were fortunate enough to win because the other team is well-coached and disciplined, blah, blah, blah,” coach-speak.

I don’t cover sports anymore, but I spent plenty of years in my early life hearing the same words spoken by coaches, and that hasn’t stopped. And I don’t blame them.

Because if they were honest, they would likely be fired, or be called a thug, or have to call a press conference explaining why they said little Johnny could have played better after committing 20 turnovers.

The truth sometimes hurts, or at least that’s what I’ve always been told. Far too often, though, we don’t get the truth, because the source of information is too scared to be chastised by someone for saying something that isn’t considered politically correct.

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