Richard Sherman Explains His Postgame Rant

‘I’m not a villainous person,’ the Seahawks cornerback writes in Sports Illustrated

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Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman says he’s not a villain, but he does have beef with San Francisco 49ers receiver Michael Crabtree.

The outspoken trash-talker enraged San Francisco 49ers supporters after his team’s 23-17 playoff win on Sunday with a rant calling out Crabtree and proclaiming, “I’m the best corner in the game!” On Monday, the former Stanford player turned to his occasional column on Sports Illustrated’s MMQB blog to explain his theatrical antics that have won him praise and scorn across social media.

“It was loud, it was in the moment, and it was just a small part of the person I am. I don’t want to be a villain, because I’m not a villainous person,” he writes. “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.”

Sherman had just guaranteed a spot for his team in the Super Bowl by tipping a would-be, last-minute touchdown pass to Crabtree into the hands of teammate Malcolm Smith. Afterward, he approached Crabtree with his hand extended but was rebuffed with a penalty-inducing hand to the helmet. He also directed a “choke” sign at San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick, minutes before giving the screaming interview to Fox’s Erin Andrews.

Sherman claims he was approaching Crabtree to say “good game” when the receiver shoved him. “That’s when I went off,” he writes. Apparently the players have quite a history:

It goes back to something he said to me this off-season in Arizona, but you’d have to ask him about that. A lot of what I said to Andrews was adrenaline talking, and some of that was Crabtree. I just don’t like him.

As for why he made a choke gesture at Kaepernick:

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.

See Sherman’s full post here. Sports Illustrated also profiled the cornerback in July.

And here’s the postgame interview:

Seahawks fans cheer so loudly, it registers as an earthquake:

17 comments
ladycplum
ladycplum

One of two things should have happened....the reporter should have walked away, or someone should have slapped a chlorophyll-soaked rag over Loudmouth's face and dragged him into the locker room. No class whatsoever.

ozette11
ozette11

If he was on your team the people making deriding comment would be singing songs of praise. Just the nature of things. It is cool he is on my team.

OndreijSchevchenko
OndreijSchevchenko

This guy has no class. Brady's comments about this guy & the situation are spot on.

wayneyounger5
wayneyounger5

Sherman has a big target on his back . There are a number of players who are looking to shut him up permanently next year. Hopefully someone will get the opportunity to deliver the big hurt to end his career.

VincentWhirlwind
VincentWhirlwind

What a terrible role model for kids. I hope the media doesn't use him to sell advertising.

SayItAintSo
SayItAintSo

I think we all knew the 49er's had to play against 12 men on the field Sunday... but I didn't know the 12th man was the referee??? Holy Zebrahawks!

gracie86
gracie86

Colin Kaepernick is not a Seattle quarterback. And why would Sherman give a "choke" signal to a member of his own team?

mariano03905
mariano03905

Richard Sherman demonstrated what an ignorant, low life, classless thug that he is. Most of these so called"professional" athletes are thugs who would be sweeping floors if they weren't playing sports. It's basically a reflection of the uncivilized society that we live in.

CoreyMcQueen
CoreyMcQueen

@ladycplum I think you mean chloroform.  Chlorophyll is responsible for reducing carbon.

cheyene4x4
cheyene4x4

@wayneyounger5 Wow, you think he made an irrational comment in the heat of the moment and then you come out and say "hopefully someone will get the opportunity to deliver the big hurt and end his career"? Who's the real idiot here Wayne? You sound like a real road rage kinda guy. Get over it.... Oh, and while you're at it, you may want to consider getting professional help. Heaven forbid your wife doesn't ever overcook your meal or possibly take control of your remote control. 

HattieLeary
HattieLeary

Poor calls are part of the game. In this case, the calls didn't lead to a Seattle score, anyway. Your quarterback lost that game by making very poor throws that led to picks. Like it or not, Sherman sealed the deal with a fabulous play. End of story.

piezopaul
piezopaul

#1 The 49ers were happy with the same poor calls against the Panthers last week, so suck it up. #2 Don't expect professional athletes half crazy with adrenaline to give choirboy interviews 45 seconds after coming off the field. Stop trying to make them into PC little girls!

MarvinHarrison
MarvinHarrison

@mariano03905 While it was a very poor display, I can understand him being upset under the circumstances.  He still made an important and great play.  He is also not a thug, just someone who let his emotion get away a little bit.  I am sure if he was not a pro athlete he would still find better employment than you.  He is a pretty smart guy.

Burgwreb000
Burgwreb000

@mariano03905He actually went to Stanford and graduated second in his high school class. Sherman is most likely not an ignorant 'thug' and I highly doubt he would be sweeping floors.

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