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Kinsler Latest Taken Out of Context? Stop.

I’m tired of people saying they were misquoted and I’m tired of what they say being “taken out of context.”

Ian Kinsler of the Detroit Tigers is the latest in a long line of athletes, coaches, and well, everybody to say something and then take it back because the honesty they displayed is supposedly bad.

Kinsler was traded from the Texas Rangers to Detroit this offseason. He’s not happy about a number of things that were done during his last stages in Texas, including the Rangers asking him to change positions for prospect Jurickson Profar. In this interview that appears on ESPN.com and will appear in the March 17 issue of ESPN the Magazine, he calls Rangers general manager Jon Daniels a “sleazeball,” and says he hopes the Rangers go 0-162 this season.

And predictably, he told the Detroit Free Press on Tuesday how it was taken out of context.

You all wanted to crush Richard Sherman. You should be applauding Richard Sherman. For the way he plays. For how he studies, how he prepares. And for just about everything he says.

After Sherman’s rant about Michael Crabtree at the end of the NFC Championship game, Sherman was labeled as classless, arrogant and a thug. If you somehow avoided all human contact for the two weeks leading up to the Super Bowl, you can see it below.

Not only is Sherman the best defensive back in the NFL. He’s one of the most honest athletes we have in our sports.

Can’t you admit that it was nice to see someone say something – and then not take it back four hours later because some public relations higher-up told them to? In fact, Sherman was still calling Crabtree “mediocre” minutes, hours and days later.

Say what you feel and stand by it. The world could use more Richard Shermans.

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