Who says that Seattle Seahawks man-of-the-hour, Richard Sherman can’t pull a crowd. On Sunday, Sherman brought in over 22,000 people to Safeco Field to watch and support his second annual charity softball game. In attendance were Sherman’s teammates quarterback Russell Wilson, defensive end Michael Bennett, wide receiver Doug Baldwin and safety Earl Thomas. Even music’s hottest new group, Macklemore stopped by to play a little ball. However the highlight of the night was to see Laker’s Kobe Bryant pick-up a bat after 20 years and hit a solo homer.
“I respect these guys tremendously and it’s humbling, it’s not something you can put into words,” Sherman said before the game started. “You don’t wake up one day and be like I’m going to have Kobe Bryant, Nate Robinson, Lawyer Milloy playing in my softball game, and Macklemore. It’s something that happened and you’re numb to the feeling until like years later when you realize that was a pretty incredible event.”
In addition to Bryant, other NBA notables such as Jamal Crawford, former Seattle Super Sonics stars Shawn Kemp and Gary Payton took part, as did Chris Hansen, the investor hoping to bring the NBA back to Seattle.
“He’s a psycho like me,” Bryant said of Sherman. “I think it’s just mutual respect and I have a great amount of respect for people who work at their craft. When him and I met, we just talked and hit it off.” “I’ve always enjoyed coming here. I’d much rather come here in the postseason than Oklahoma,” Bryant said.
Richard Sherman’s Foundation is run by himself and his brother, Branton. The beneficiaries are Sherman’s Blanket Coverage Family Foundation and other local charities who supply under-privileged, school-age kids with clothes, backpacks, computers and athletic shoes “to even the field,” as Sherman put it. As a kid from Compton who made it to Stanford, he’s keenly aware of class distinctions and the negative vibe it creates.
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