Thursday, December 14, 2017
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Sherman: Apology hollow

Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman responded to a controversial tweet from the wife of Bills kicker Dan Carpenter on Wednesday by calling her apology hollow.

After Sherman jumped offsides at the end of the first half of Monday night's game while trying to block a field goal, he ran into Carpenter. Carpenter's wife, Kaela, wrote on Twitter, "I know what we do on the farm when a male can't control his own rage." She attached a picture of a device designed for castration. Wednesday, she said on Twitter her tweet was "an attempt at humor" and "never intended to be about race."

"It's not surprising at all," Sherman said Wednesday. "This is the day and age you've got the Ku Klux Klan running around. People say whatever they want and there's very little consequence. For her to say something like that and then have a (hollow) apology like she did, it's just the way of the world. I don't let it bother me. It's something I'm very used to. It's just the way people are, the way people are raised."

The play Monday led to a hailstorm of controversy about whether Sherman should have been flagged for roughing the kicker or unnecessary roughness. He was called just for the offsides, and after a series of strange events, the Bills missed the field goal to end the half. NFL vice president of officiating Dean Blandino later said Sherman should have been called for unnecessary roughness.

Sherman explained his position on the play, noting that the Bills were being allowed to attempt the field goal and that if they had made it, the penalty would have been declined and the Bills given three points had the kick been good. "There was no whistle," Sherman said. "The league goes back and hindsights everything … because they want to appease the fans. But I know the rule book, and I know exactly what I was doing on the play."

ROMO BACK AT PRACTICE: Tony Romo was a full Cowboys practice participant for the first time since breaking a bone in his back during a preseason game in August, his fourth back injury in less than four years. The quarterback, 36, ran the scout team. Rookie Dak Prescott has led the Cowboys (7-1) to the best record in the NFC. The next step is determining when Romo will be active on game day, with the first opportunity Sunday at Pittsburgh. Romo hasn't spoken to reporters since he was injured Aug. 25. Prescott, who has 12 touchdowns and two interceptions and the fourth-best passer rating in the league, made his usual Wednesday appearance and said all the same things on the Romo front. "I don't really think about if I've done enough or what I've done," Prescott said.

TRUMP LETTER: Patriots coach Bill Belichick said the letter he wrote to Donald Trump before Election Day was done out of a friendship that goes back years and was not politically motivated. Belichick addressed the letter during a regularly scheduled news conference held hours after Trump was elected president and two days after he read it aloud at a campaign rally in New Hampshire. The letter congratulated Trump on his campaign and praised him for overcoming "slanted and negative media" to "come out beautifully." But Belichick said he writes hundreds of notes every month and that it "doesn't mean I agree with every single thing that every person thinks about politics, religion or other subjects."

NO TAX FOR STADIUM: San Diego voters overwhelmingly rejected a measure that would have raised $1.15 billion from increased hotel occupancy taxes to help pay for a new stadium for the Chargers. The measure — written by the Chargers without input from City Hall, the powerful tourism industry or other stakeholders — was defeated 57 percent to 43. It needed 66.7 to pass.

CHIEFS: Running back Spencer Ware passed the concussion protocol and returned to practice.

JETS: tackle Ryan Clady was placed on injured reserve with a shoulder injury. Receiver Devin Smith was activated from the physically unable to perform list.

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