Ever since his Superbowl post-game interview, Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman has received a lot of media attention.
The TIME 100 honoree, who just signed a $56 million contract extension, recently sat down to discuss the upcoming NFL Draft, his lessons from his infamous interview, whether college players should be paid, and why the NFL would have reacted differently if it had its own Donald Sterling.
“Because we have an NFL team called the Redskins,” he tells TIME when asked if NFL commissioner Roger Goodell would ban an NFL owner for life. “I don’t think the NFL really is as concerned as they show. The NFL is more of a bottom line league; if it doesn’t affect their bottom line, they’re not as concerned.”
And because of all the racial backlash following the National Football Conference (NFC) championship game, Sherman wasn’t really shocked at Sterling’s remarks.
“It showed me that America still had some progress to make – on equality and understanding that it doesn’t matter what color you are,” he says. “You treat people as people. And whether a good person or a bad person, you don’t judge them off the color of their skin.”