Richard Sherman Is Not A Fan Of Fantasy Football

Fantasy football leagues might be a multi-million dollar business, but Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman is not a fan.

According to ESPN, Sherman, while speaking to reporters after his team’s victory over the Indianapolis Colts, said fantasy football allows some fans to dehumanize players. He also added that NFL players don’t care about fans’ fantasy teams.

“I think a lot of people, a lot of fans out there have looked at players even less like people because of fantasy football and things like that,” Sherman said. “You go and say, ‘Oh man, this guy got hurt.’”

“You’re not thinking, ‘Hey man, this guy got hurt — he’s really physically hurt and he’s going to take time to recover and it’s probably going to affect his mental state and his physical state and now he has a long, rigorous rehab.’ You’re thinking, ‘Oh, man, he’s messing up my fantasy team.'”
Sherman made the comments after he was asked how players are affected when a teammate gets injured.

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Left tackle Rees Odhiambo had to leave the game and was hospitalized after he experienced trouble breathing during Sunday’s game, while running back Chris Carson suffered a significant ankle injury that is expected to cause him to miss some time.

Sherman said the injuries were devastating to the team, then spoke about how fans only view players through the lens of fantasy football.

“I think that’s why you see the frustration from a lot of players saying they don’t care about your fantasy team,” he said. “They don’t care about how it affects your fantasy team because these are real players, this is real life. This is real life and this is their real job and that’s affecting their well-being.”

“Now, your fantasy team may not win, and hey, guess what, you’ll live the next day. This is their well-being. They may not ever get another shot. They may never get another down, another play. And I think that’s why it’s so devastating for players.”

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