"It seems like it's the accepted way of calling somebody the 'N' word. I saw a hockey game where they threw the puck aside and just started f!ghting. I saw that and I'm like, 'So I'm the thug?'
"I know some 'thugs,' and they know I'm the furthest thing from a thug. I've fought that my whole life, just coming from where I'm coming from. Just because you hear Compton, you hear Watts, you hear cities like that, you just think 'thug, he's a gangster, he's this, that, and the other,' and then you hear Stanford, and they're like, 'oh man, that doesn't even make sense, that's an oxymoron.'You f!ght it for so long, and to have it come back up and people start to use it again, it's frustrating."
Sherman explained the interview happened in the heat of the moment after a game. He added that he "didn't commit any crimes" and was "just showing pa##ion after a football game. His "pa##ion" was a common theme brought up by the defensive back discussing his outburst, saying people behind computer screens who criticized him for his reaction had "time to articulate" the perfect response to his outburst that he didn't.
Richard Sherman speaks about interview, being called a 'thug' - SBNation.com