The controversy over Richard Sherman’s outburst after his performance in the Seahawks win over the 49ers has taken on racial undertones after a press conference where he called it a racial epithet. “The only reason it bothers me is because it seems like it’s the accepted way of calling somebody the N-word nowadays. Because they know.” Really? Now we can’t use the word “thug” in addition to the vast multitude other supposed racial dog whistles in the English language? I’m pretty sure those who were calling him a “thug” simply meant that he was uncouth and unsportsmanlike and had nothing to do with his skin color.