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Richard Sherman: “Make the billionaires who actually benefit from the stadiums pay for them”

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Richard Sherman has made a few new fans this week, even if he’ll lose a couple in the one-percent.

Appearing on ESPN 710 Seattle, Sherman said that if he were the President of the United States, he’d know of at least one way to get the country out of debt: Make the rich people who profit from football pay for the stadiums, not the taxpayers.

“I’d get us out of this deficit,” Sherman said. “I’d stop spending billions of taxpayer dollars on stadiums and probably get us out of debt and maybe make the billionaires who actually benefit from the stadiums pay for them. That kind of seems like a system that would work for me.”

Sherman’s remarks may have been intended as tongue-in-cheek (though by now we know that Sherman rarely says anything lightly, or without some truth to it), but fans are certainly taking them very seriously; the article from ThinkProgress about the matter hit the front page of Reddit on the /r/politics subreddit as of Tuesday evening. (Though Politics talk is still not allowed on Field Gulls. You’ll have to skirt politics discussion here and focus on I guess, Sherman or CenturyLink or something, or comments will be closed because they can spin out of control real quick.)

Of course, the Seattle Seahawks also have the richest owner in the NFL: Paul Allen, with a net value of 18+ billion, per Forbes. CenturyLink had an estimated price tag of $558 million, mere pocket change for the co-founder of Microsoft.

No word yet on if Allen agrees or not.