Richard Sherman, the 49er defensive general and erudite captain, was asked about police brutality and the possibility of boycotting games on Thursday and provided a characteristically thorough and thoughtful response.
“In my personal opinion, I don’t see how missing a football game is gonna keep police from killing black people, unarmed black people,” Sherman said, via zoom. “I don’t see that as the solution. I wish I had a solution. I wish I had something to say right now to stop it.”
“I wish there was something I could say, right now, to stop it. I wish I could the bullets out of the people who were killed. I wish George Floyd was still here. I wish we could go back and train those officers better. I wish we could do something different. But we can’t.”
“And I think that’s where we need to find a better solution.”
Sherman and the 49ers open the season on Sunday, hosting the Cardinals at Levi’s Stadium.