Former San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman has never been afraid to speak his mind, and that was the case on Wednesday when he shut down a ridiculous take by a Packers radio host.
Essentially, this morning radio host from Milwaukee advocated for the Packers intentionally getting a roughing the passer penalty against quarterback Brock Purdy early in the playoff game between the 49ers and the Packers this Saturday as a way of rattling Purdy mentally and throwing him off his game.
Obviously, this is a silly take from someone who does not speak on behalf of most Packers fans. Many Packers fans denounced the poor take themselves so as not to be associated with such a ridiculous opinion. You can even see the other hosts of the show not wanting to endorse such a take towards the end of the video.
But it is a good thing when someone of Sherman's stature and reputation promptly rejects and shuts down such nonsense. It would be one thing if it was some random social media user posting it, but this is a guy with a platform on ESPN radio.
Tempers often flare during the postseason and sometimes fans will say things they should not say and later come to regret. This is just a case of an overly provocative radio personality trying to stir the pot and cause controversy before a big game.
Nevertheless, many 49ers fans will understandably be incensed by this host's bad take. This is especially true given the fact that Brock Purdy's season was ended in the playoffs last year due to injury, so any implication that you would intentionally "rough" another player to get a penalty on purpose is just in poor taste. It's important to keep perspective though and remember that the lazy ramblings of one host are not representative of an entire fanbase's perspective.
Nevertheless, the 49ers and Packers will face off this Saturday and something tells me that the Packers are not taking gameplan advice from a shock jock Milwaukee radio host.