After the NFC Championship Game, Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman gave this postgame interview with Fox Sports Erin Andrews.
Immediately he was labeled a thug.
Richard Sherman graduated from high school with a 4.2 GPA and is a graduate of Stanford University. Buzzfeed published this article showing things that people probably didn't know about Richard Sherman. Before the start of the season, Sports Illustrated did a profile about Sherman. The New York Times also did a story about how Sherman is more than just the words that come out of his mouth.
Singer Justin Bieber was recently arrested for drag racing through Miami, suspicion of DUI, and resisting arrest. Over 100,000 people have signed a petition calling for his deportation. This is not the first time that Bieber has encountered legal problems. He is currently under investigation in Los Angeles for throwing eggs at a neighbors house. Recently he surrendered to the Toronto police for assaulting his limousine driver.
Speaking of Toronto, Mayor Rob Ford admitted to smoking crack.
After the State of The Union, Rep. Michael Grimm (R, NY-11) threatened to throw a reporter over the balcony and later said he would "break you in half. Like a boy" because of questions the reporter had about an investigation into the congressman's 2010 fundraising efforts.
And no one threw the thug label at those people.
The Daily Show highlighted this point showing the behavior of Justin Bieber and Mayor Ford are closer to thugs.
Maybe we need to reevaluate what the definition of what thug means. Giving a passionate postgame interview certainly does not fit that category.