Richard Sherman ‘Regrets’ Rant, But Says Response ‘Mind-Boggling’

'That was immature and I probably shouldn't have done that'

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Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman apologized for his “immature” rant after his defensive play sealed his team’s trip to the Super Bowl, but said he was “sad” at racist reactions to his outburst.

“I don’t mean to attack him. And that was immature and I probably shouldn’t have done that. I regret doing that,” Sherman, referring to San Francisco 49ers receiver Michael Crabtree, told CNN in an interview that began airing Monday. “I probably shouldn’t have attacked another person.”

But he also said that his outburst was an extension of his game-time competitiveness, not his real thoughts. “If you catch me in the moment on the field when I am still in that zone, when I’m still as competitive as I can be and I’m trying to be in the place where I have to be to do everything I can to be successful… and help my team win, then it’s not going to come out as articulate, as smart, as charismatic—because on the field I’m not all those things,” he said.

Sherman lashed out at Crabtree on live TV on Sunday night after he tipped a late-game pass intended for Crabtree and forced an interception to end the game. “I’m the best cornerback in the game!” he shouted.

He said reactions to his post-game rant were shockingly racist. “It was really mind-boggling the way the world reacted,” he said. “I can’t say the world, I don’t want to generalize people like that because there are a lot of great people who didn’t react that way. But for the people who did react that way and throw the racial slurs and things like that out there, it was really sad. Especially that close to Martin Luther King Day.”

“I learned we haven’t come as far as I thought we had,” he said.

[CNN]

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bradhorner
bradhorner

Insulting someone racially for being fierce is pure racism. There is no other way to brand it. I have heard it all. When something happens that allows these people to express their hatred they jump on the opportunity to get it off their chests. As if it had been festering and an excuse to let it out just needed to happen. I don't disagree with a blacklash to antics that piss people off.  Fans and players included. People have a  right to their opinions but why not retaliate to that behaviour with better behaviour. Seems logical doesn't it? It is but racism isn't logical i this day and age in a country that is suppose to be setting an example. 


Anyway, I find Richard Sherman an interesting guy. He wants to go the extra mile and with that comes intensity. It's a battlefield in a way and that style is ok as long as he doesn't mind being a target. I just don't think he deserves to be a target of every bigots racial animosity because he is an intense player. 

GaryWingate
GaryWingate

Richard Sherman, is a smart man. I'm sure he knows there are many racist and bigots out there. just waiting for people like Sherman to act like an animal, which he did on Sunday. Also I think it's important to note this is not his first time. He has done his rants before and the racist came out of the woodwork even then ! So I find it hard to believe that Richard Sherman could not believe the reaction he created! it sounds like he wanted us to feel sorry for him. So when the racist started to attack him (it made him feel sad). But what about the people he has to attack, does he feel empathy for them? People who support him point to the fact that he apologize. I suggest you read his apology again, this time read between the lines, To me there is one word that stands out that tells me how he really feels.So who does he have to blame, no one but himself ! He has become a poster child for the people who are racist in our country. While it may not be fair, it is a fact!

claudekirshner
claudekirshner

OMG, behave like a two year old and then blame others who are 'racist'.  Grow up little boy

MikeCR57
MikeCR57

At the moment of a great team victory Sherman chose to crow about himself. 


We've seen other selfish jerks like this in the NFL.   Terrell Owens for example.    T.O. hopped from team to team.  No team wanted him despite his obvious talent.  Sherman is headed in the same direction.   

AlanHall
AlanHall

Richard Sherman is exactly what the NFL needed. And true Seahawks fans love him even more after his "rant."

Go Seahawks!!!

JoeMichaels
JoeMichaels

I don't know if Sherman is the best CB in the NFL. What I *do* know is that Barry Sanders (the best back in the history of the league?) and Calvin Johnson (one of the best WR in the game) -- and BOTH black -- would've never acted in this manner. IMO, race has nothing to do with the criticism...unless it's racially based. In which case, chalk it up to ignorance. Not all white people are the same. Nor are all blacks.

TomWard
TomWard

I read a lot of articles and various online discussions about it and I don't remember seeing a single racist comment about it.

skupperfiend
skupperfiend

You did embarass yourself and your family Sherman. All he said in this interview was pure BS.

Openminded1
Openminded1

Looking forward to the super bowl and Sherman's  talent on the field..                                                                                          

Dude_who_cares
Dude_who_cares

I loved it, finally we got to see real emotion instead of some fake response that we usually get in interviews. Crabtree is known to have a big mouth, so don't blame everything on Sherman. And by the way this is a professional sport, if your not playing with a chip on your shoulder you won't be playing for long. Seattle beat a really good team, and if Sherman is really the best corner in the NFL he can prove that when he competes against Manning in the Super Bowl. Can't wait to watch!

TheFutureIsHere
TheFutureIsHere

Richard Sherman seems like a very articulate, likeable person with an interesting history.  I think if I did what he did I would have been excited too.  Of course, throwing the ball on his side was seriously a mistake!

jdubbya41
jdubbya41

@GaryWingate How did he "act like an animal?"  He didn't kill anybody. He didn't even use profanity. You sound like the type of person he is referring to.

browncd1
browncd1

go look at his twitter account and become a little informed then

browncd1
browncd1

but you probably sit on your couch all day and have never played an actual sport. if you did, then youd know how trash talking is a huge part of almost every sport ie: hockey, basketball, baseball et al

browncd1
browncd1

not true, he is the best corner in the game. the only embaressing thing is how so many white people responded with racist comments all the while calling him ignorant. hyprocrites.

Openminded1
Openminded1

@browncd1 Race card bs. There is a difference between racism and and saying it like it is.

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