Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman likes to hit hard on the field and speak loudly off of it as well. It should be no surprise that Sherman would have a verbal answer to the league’s well-documented drop in television ratings.

According to Sherman, the answer lies in the way the league polices its players and confines them from being the loud personalities most of them are. In other words, the league isn’t fun anymore:

“Because the league isn’t fun anymore,” the Seattle Seahawks star cornerback said Thursday. “Every other league, you see the players have a good time. It’s a game. This isn’t politics. This isn’t justice. This is entertainment. And they’re no longer allowing the players to entertain.

“They’re no longer allowing the players to show any kind of personality, any kind of uniqueness, any individuality. Because they want to control the product. They want to control the messaging, etc., etc.”

Sherman also had some pointed words for NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, putting a lot of the onus on him for the decline in TV ratings. “(Goodell) hasn’t done a great job, and it’s obvious.”

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