Seahawks’ Richard Sherman: ‘We all need to do better’ after election

Nov 17, 2016, 2:16 PM | Updated: 2:26 pm
Richard Sherman wrote about the impact of Donald Trump's presidency and rhetoric on future generati...
Richard Sherman wrote about the impact of Donald Trump's presidency and rhetoric on future generations. (AP)

Richard Sherman has a message following last week’s presidential election: Now, more than ever, it’s important for parents to set the right example for their kids.

In an editorial with the headline “We All Need To Do Better” he penned for The Players’ Tribune, the Seahawks’ star cornerback writes that President-elect Donald Trump “is the opposite of an example for our children,” and explains how vital it was that his own worldview was shaped not by a politician but by his mother, who worked with mentally and physically disabled kids for California Children’s Services, and his father, a garbage truck driver for the city of Los Angeles.

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“The way my parents lived and the way they viewed the world rubbed off on me,” writes Sherman. “… I understand that my kids are always going to be watching me, looking to me for guidance and as an example, and I use that as motivation.”

That motivation has heightened recently, according to Sherman, after visiting with a niece and nephew of his fiancée.

“They were telling us about a couple of their friends, fellow elementary school students. One of their friends is Native American and the other is Muslim. This was around last week’s election, when Donald Trump became president-elect, and these kids were worried about being deported.

“Kids – in second or third grade – worried about being deported. I think that was the moment when I realized just how impactful both this presidency and Trump’s rhetoric will be for our future generation.”

You can read the full editorial at this link.

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