Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman unleashed a postgame game interview heard around the world.
Oh, but he is not done.
Nor are the reactions from those who witnessed the tirade.
Sherman simmered down enough to give a very prolific explanation about why he does not like San Francisco 49ers receiver Michael Crabtree on MMQB.com. After San Francisco’s final possession, Sherman ran toward Crabtree, but was shoved away by the receiver. Sherman later exploded during a postgame interview with Fox's Erin Andrews.
“I ran over to Crabtree to shake his hand but he ignored me,” Sherman said. “I patted him, stuck out my hand and said, ‘Good game, good game.’ That’s when he shoved my face, and that’s when I went off.
“I threw a choking sign at 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Why? Because he decided he was going to try the guy he was avoiding all game, because, I don’t know, he’s probably not paying attention for the game-winning play. C’mon, you’re better than that.”
Basically, Kaepernick was just collateral damage.
Sherman said his differences with Crabtree stem back to a disagreement they had last summer in Arizona. The cornerback did not elaborate, but Sherman and Crabtree reportedly exchanged words at Larry Fitzgerald’s charity softball game.
However, Sherman does not want the public to label him as a thug because of his postgame tirade.
“It was loud, it was in the moment, and it was just a small part of the person I am,” Sherman said on MMQB. “I don’t want to be a villain, because I’m not a villainous person. When I say I’m the best cornerback in football, it’s with a caveat: There isn’t a great defensive backfield in the NFL that doesn’t have a great front seven. Everything begins with pressure up front, and that’s what we get from our pass rushers every Sunday. To those who would call me a thug or worse because I show passion on a football field—don’t judge a person’s character by what they do between the lines. Judge a man by what he does off the field, what he does for his community, what he does for his family.”
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is judging.
Sherman and Brady exchanged words during a game in 2012. After Seattle won, Sherman tweeted a picture of himself shouting at Brady with the caption “U MAD BRO?” Brady talked about Sherman on Monday.
“I don’t know him at all,” Brady said on WEEI's "Dennis & Callahan" radio show according to NESN.com. “I’ve watched him play. He’s that kind of guy. So, you know. I approach the game — and I have respect for my opponents. That’s the way our team always plays. We win with graciousness, and when we lose, we could do better. Some teams don’t always do that, or that’s not their program.
“The only way to counter that is to beat them. When you don’t win, it’s hard not to say — you just gotta shut your mouth and listen to it. Maybe when you get an opportunity down the road, maybe that’s a source of motivation. But they got a good team, they played well all year. They played well at home. And that’s why they advanced, too.”
Meanwhile, Andrews appears to be enjoying the attention her postgame interview has received, even though FOX reportedly ended Sherman’s interview.
“He lost his mind and it was awesome — for once,” Andrews told The Dan Patrick Show on Monday (via ExtraMustard.Si.com). “I do think they [Fox's producers] might have been worried about language.”
Considering everyone, including Sherman, is still talking about that postgame rant, it appears he said what was necessary to become the center of attention prior to the Super Bowl.
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