Jon Moton – Lead Pastor Student Ministries
No one is really talking about the game – instead they are talking about what happened after the game. Seattle Seahawks’ Cornerback Richard Sherman was approached by Fox Sports’ sideline reporter Erin Andrews after the NFC Championship in which the Seahawks defeated the San Francisco 49ers 23-17. It was a great game. After the game Sherman delivered a WWE-style, post-game rant for the ages after he sealed his team’s spot in Super Bowl XLVIII.
“Well, I’m the best corner in the game! When you try me with a sorry receiver like [Michael] Crabtree, that’s the result you’re going to get,” Sherman shouted when asked by Andrews about the decisive play. “Don’t you ever talk about me.”
The heated remarks by Sherman ignited a Twitter storm. While many people appreciated the passion and candor of the 25-year-old Stanford University Graduate who majored in Communications – there were others who claimed he lacked class and maturity – some of the anti-Sherman tweets were explicitly racist.
Sherman apologized the next day for his actions and stated that he didn’t want to take away from his team’s win. He was caught up in the moment.
I begin to think about the reaction that Sherman received. Anyone who has played football knows that the sport is intense, raw, and emotional to say the least. When a player is approached minutes after the game their frame of mind is in a different place. What did we expect to hear? In our world today we like stuff polished. We like it neat. We don’t want messy.
As a parent of two teenagers I find myself doing the same thing. I find myself wanting parenting to be neat. I look at another teen and think that teen should behave like that teen. I see outbursts as messy. Sometimes behind the mess there is something beautiful. God is not a God of confusion or chaos. He doesn’t get stressed or overwhelmed by what is said – He doesn’t react to us being loud. He sees beyond it.
Richard Sherman said later that he was angry with what Michael Crabtree said about him in a golf tournament early last year.
…sometimes the truth with listening is not in what is being said but seeing beyond the words.