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NFL players talk about race with Harvard students

NFL players talk about race with Harvard students

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald gestures as he answers a question during a panel discussion at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., Wednesday, April 23, 2014. Fitzgerald was a featured speaker in a panel that spoke on topics of race and aspects of social media. From left are Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman, former NFL Players Association President Domonique Foxworth, Fitzgerald and Houston Texans running back Arian Foster. Photo: Associated Press/AP Photo/Charles Krupa

JIMMY GOLEN, AP Sports Writer

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman says he refuses to back down from his raging rant after the NFC championship game because he wants to “educate the uneducated.”

During a session called “The Modern Black Male Athlete” at Harvard, Sherman told a standing-room crowd Wednesday that he tried to start a conversation about how blacks are viewed by the media and fans. He was called a thug — and worse — on social media because he was so emotional in his trash talk about San Francisco receiver Michael Crabtree after the Seahawks beat the 49ers to reach the Super Bowl.

Houston Texans running back Arian Foster laughed, “If you call Richard Sherman a thug, you have never seen a thug.”

Arizona receiver Larry Fitzgerald and former Broncos cornerback Domonique Foxworth also attended the pair of talks. Foxworth, the former NFL players association president, is attending Harvard Business School.

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