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February 9, 2016

Cantwell Backs Richard Sherman, Blames Crabtree, Rebuffs McCain

Cantwell (CQ Roll Call File Photo/Bill Clark)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 9:56 p.m. | Sen. Maria Cantwell is defending cornerback Richard Sherman after Sen. John McCain ripped him as “a loudmouth from Seattle” following his boastful rant after the Seattle Seahawks’ NFC Championship victory.

The Washington Democrat told the Seattle Post-Intelligencer that San Francisco wide receiver Michael Crabtree is to blame for provoking Sherman.

“If I had a Richard Sherman jersey, I’d wear it,” Cantwell said when asked about McCain’s remarks.

“I think he should focus on changing the name of the Washington football team that right now is an insult to Native Americans,” Cantwell told the newspaper.

The NFL disagreed with Cantwell, fining Sherman $7,875 for taunting (not, as we originally wrote, for the outburst).

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  • PatrickG

    Really, just because you are a Senator from that state you need to defend boorishness.

    • Andrew

      Please educate yourself on the entire incident before you throw stones. How on earth do you think those guys win football games, tiptoeing around being polite? If you dash onto the field and capture someone still coming down from the game-winning play against a longtime adversary you will hear this. He reminds me of the great Mohammed Ali. And he apparently IS the best corner back in football. You can see him go up to Crabtree and hold out his hand. He was wearing a helmetcam and you can hear him say “good game, good game.” Crab’s response was a shove in the face. Good for you, Richard Sherman. I hope you win the Super Bowl.

      • PatrickG

        Rationalize much?

  • azwi

    Senator all of us in Arizona realize that John McCain is just a bitter, and frustrated old man.

  • Benjamin Dover

    Without centralized control, it is impossible to force people to chase illusions such as “fair” income distribution and “social justice”.

  • Thomas Aquinas

    Those of the liberty school understand that voluntary associations of free men are capable of far more than detached central planners.

  • Greenie Beanie

    While democratic processes rely on majority opinion, this does not imply that today’s majority view will also be tomorrow’s majority view.

  • Phillip Wilson

    With moral legal principles as the basis for general rules of law that minimize coercion, government actions become more predictable.

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