Sherman: Reuben Foster Isn't "The Monster They Make Him Out To Be"

Richard Sherman shared his thoughts on Reuben Foster, Colin Kaepernick and Russell Wilson, among other topics, on Tiki and Tierney

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December 04, 2018 - 4:44 pm

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San Francisco cornerback Richard Sherman dropped by CBS Sports Radio’s Tiki and Tierney on Tuesday for a candid interview about Reuben Foster, Colin Kaepernick and Russell Wilson, among other topics.

Sherman, 30, played with Foster, who has been charged numerous times with domestic violence. The 49ers cut Foster in November. He was claimed off waivers by the Redskins days later.

What kind of guy is Foster?

“I think that young man has had a tough upbringing in general,” Sherman said of the 24-year-old. “Most people would have never made it – wouldn’t have made it to college or done anything with their lives coming from where he came from, being homeless at 14 years old, 15 years old, going from house to house. His situation is just one of those unfortunate deals. I’m not sure exactly what happened.”

Despite Foster’s repeated run-ins with the law, Sherman believes Foster is “a really good kid.”

“He has a really good heart,” Sherman said. “Has he made mistakes in judgment? Of course. I think that’s pretty obvious to anyone. But I’m not sure I believe he’s out there putting his hands on people in the way that it’s been perceived. And I could be wrong. I think he’s made some bad decisions, but I don't think that he’s the monster they make him out to be. That’s what’s unfortunate about a lot of the way perception is these days. Guys don’t have to be monsters to be made out to be (one).”

Sherman was asked if it’s unfair that Foster has a job in the NFL yet Colin Kaepernick does not.

“I think it’s unfair because he’s a good football player and he’s not getting a chance to play football,” Sherman said of Kaepernick. “And worse football players are getting chance after chance after chance after chance after chance after chance. Obviously the Washington situation is the most egregious at this moment, but there have been plenty of quarterback situations that have been worse than this, and quarterbacks that have played meaningful football in this league that are not as talented or have the resume that Colin Kaepernick has. The most frustrating thing is there’s nothing that anybody can do about it. The NFL is obviously belligerently freezing him out. Everybody sees it, it’s pretty obvious, and there’s nothing that can be done.”

The Redskins (6-6), who lost Alex Smith to a broken leg in November, turned to McCoy to lead them to the playoffs. Once they lost McCoy to a broken leg Monday in Philadelphia, they turned to Mark Sanchez – and lost.

In fact, Washington has lost three straight games since its 6-3 start.

“You just saw Colt McCoy and Mark Sanchez get opportunities to play for a team that’s in a position that’s fighting for a playoff spot,” Sherman said. “To tell me that a kid who’s not only gone to the playoffs and won big games, but has been to the Super Bowl, multiple Pro Bowls, and played at a real high level in this game, that he could not help that team – that’s the sad part. People see what it is, and there’s nothing being done.”

Sherman was also asked about his comment regarding Russell Wilson last week, when he told reporters that Wilson is capable of throwing five interceptions in a game – which he did in a December 2016 loss to Green Bay.

Was that a shot at Wilson?

“I’m pretty direct,” Sherman said. “If I wanted to take a shot at him, I would have said my shot. I wouldn’t dance around it. I was saying I’ve seen him be great and I’ve seen him not do great. In this world of media and headlines, you can make it seem like I said whatever. I’m no longer bothered by it because that’s the world we live in. I don’t let it bother me. It doesn’t bother me at all.”