49ers’ Richard Sherman critical of California Governor Gavin Newsom’s change of heart
California took its first step toward a potential return to pro sports after governor Gavin Newsom announced that events will be allowed to take place without fans the first week of June. It appears the declaration is not sitting too well with San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman.
Newsom plans on easing the restrictions placed in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Sherman took to Twitter to express his displeasure with the decision:
Money changes everything. Teams started exploring options outside the state and all of a sudden the timeline changed https://t.co/eeAIl8B4bg
— Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) May 18, 2020
Sherman’s comments come in response to the prospect of California sports teams going out-of-state to conduct business amid the ongoing pandemic. He indicates that the potential economic loss was more than enough to cause the change in heart from Newsom. After all, the state currently serves as the home to three NFL teams and 19 total major sports franchises.
Richard Sherman has never been shy about expressing his opinion on hot-button issues both on and off the field. As a California native and resident, this one certainly falls well under his jurisdiction. He is clearly more concerned with the fact that California has the fourth-most cases of COVID-19 among the states.
The league has been optimistic about maintaining their timeline for the 2020 NFL season. Although they have already acknowledged the possibility of playing without any fans in attendance, they will still need to make efforts to ensure player safety.
Richard Sherman is coming off his fifth Pro bowl selection as an integral part of the 49ers elite defense. While the veteran is surely hoping to finish the job in the 2020 campaign, he is clearly more concerned with taking the proper safety precautions.