"Half the white, sports-watching population in the country was calling Richard Sherman a "thug" within minutes of post-game comments."
My direct quote. Did I say "recognizable websites?" or "wannabe reporters websites?"
"Within seconds people on social media were calling him a fool, a thug, a classless jerk and many worse things."
The numbers here come from iQ Media1, and they're based on every closed caption that ran in every market in the country over the past three years. As you can see above, Monday was more "thug"-heavy than any day in the past few years. iQ Media says 625 "thug"s across all markets, while competing service TVEyes says 524 so far today, but just 269 yesterday. Both have today and yesterday as massive spikes. ESPN, to its credit, appears to be on the hook for just two "thugs" all of yesterday. CBS was the overall leader by iQ's count, but that number is slightly inflated because of a mention on the national broadcast of the creatively bereft ratings graveyard Intelligence, which went out to a bunch of local affiliates.
classless and jerk does kind of describe his behavior after the game. The guy did make a complete ass out of himself. Even he realized it later and apologized.
It was odd watching him react that way. I have seen many interviews with him and he is a very intelligent and well-spoken guy. It is apparent that what we saw was pure emotion and he got caught up in the moment. This is why I hate reporters who shove cameras in players faces trying to provoke a certain reaction. I am sure if they talked to him not 30 min after the game, it would have been a completely different scene and interview.