NFL Wife Apologizes After Calling For Richard Sherman to Be Castrated, But He’s Not Ready to Give her a Pass
Wife of Buffalo Bills kicker Dan Carpenter recently apologized for her tweet in which she suggested that Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman should be castrated, and openly called him an animal.
Earlier this week, Kaela Carpenter tweeted out an image of a tool called a bander, which is used to castrate farm animals. It is used by putting a rubber band around the testicles of the animals, which cuts the blood supply to the scrotum and testicles. Eventually, they will decay and fall off within a few weeks. The now-deleted tweet had that picture, along with the caption, “I know what we do on the farm when a male can’t control his own rage. #LuckyImNotThere #Sherman #ActLikeAnAnimalGetTreatedLike1”
In Monday’s Bills versus Seahawks game, Sherman hit Dan Carpenter on the knee late in the first half.
“It’s more disappointing than anything, but it’s also something that’s understandable,” Sherman said to NBC Sports on Wednesday. “Ignorance has always been in the world. The core of this country has been built off slavery and people owning people. Anytime you understand that’s the core principles of the way a nation was built, then you’ve got to have some kind of, I guess, sympathy for it.”
Kaela Carpenter deleted the original tweet, and then tweeted out what many are calling an apology, saying that the offending tweet “an attempt at humor” and had no racially charged intent or undertones.
“My attempt at humor during a heated and highly controversial NFL game has not been received the way I intended,” she wrote. “When I saw the out of control nature of the events that happened on the field, I jokingly wanted to relate it to life on the farm, where I grew up, and how it would have been handled there. Unfortunately, I did not realize that a tone of racism would dominate the response to what I intended to be a lighthearted defense of my husband. Regardless of the narrative that has been attached to my post, it was never intended to be related to race, or the disgusting hatred that creates the basis for racism.”
— Kaela Carpenter (@KaelaCarpenter) November 9, 2016
What Carpenter ignored, “the tone of racism,” exists only because castrating Black men and boys was a common form of punishment during both slavery and Jim Crow. Thus, one could potentially claim ignorance because they did not know, yet the racial implications are undeniable.
“It’s not surprising at all,” Sherman reportedly said when asked about her tweet on Wednesday. “This is a day in age where you’ve got Ku Klux Klan running around . . . you know, people say whatever they want and here’s very little consequence. For her to say something like that and then have a BS apology like she did, I mean, it’s just the way of the world. I don’t let it bother me. It’s something that I’m very used to. It’s just the way people are — the way people were raised.”