Emmanuel Acho is determined to live his life as the token Black friend in every all-white movie. He’s the new Donald Faison.
As the details about Richard Sherman’s arrest for “burglary domestic violence” continue to unfold, we are still left with more questions than answers. From what we know, and what Sherman has expressed, mental and emotional health is a major component of this story. It’s a tricky situation, especially given that an entity like law enforcement — with a long history of lying about and leaving out key details — is the lone source of information at the moment.
This is why it was so disappointing — again — when Acho took it upon himself to opine on the situation. And, as usual, he said a lot without actually saying anything.
“To my brother Richard Sherman, my athletes and all people. Remember this,” Acho tweeted last Friday, as part of a video in which he said this:
“Just remember that your occupation is what you do, and not who you are. Because if you let your occupation become who you are, then when you no longer do what it is that you do, you will have no idea who you are.”
That’s the dumbest sh*t I’ve ever heard.
I’m not here to put on a cape for Sherman, as I have no idea what he did or didn’t do last week, but if we’re going to discuss his occupation and who he is, let’s at least list some examples. And the facts are that Sherman is a really good football player who is also incredibly intelligent. There are stories written about his 4.2 high school GPA, photographic memory, and how he had a 3.7 GPA at a school like Stanford. So if Acho was trying to insinuate that the cause of Sherman’s situation is that he’s a “dumb jock” doing what (mostly Black) football players are lazily stereotyped to do, then he picked the wrong person.
However, there’s a pattern here with Acho, which is concerning, given that Acho — himself a former NFL linebacker — holds a bachelor’s degree in sports management and a master’s degree in sports psychology.
Remember what he said about Sha’Carri Richardson earlier this month?
“Legalizing weed in track and field competition is all good if you’re running a straight line. Legalizing weed in track and field is terribly dangerous if you throw the javelin. Where do we draw the line?” he wrote in a now-deleted tweet. After that he went on Fox Sports and talked about how the rules were “stupid,” but then said “you’ve still got to adhere to the stupid rules. … Let’s please not make this racial.”
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