You’ve heard the postgame rant, right? If not, then you probably live under a rock. Following Sunday’s win over the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship, Seattle Seahawks’ cornerback Richard Sherman went on an epic rant when speaking with Fox Sports’ Erin Andrews.
In a first person column for the Monday Morning Quarterback, Sherman indicated that his beef with 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree stems from an offseason outing in Arizona. Sherman claims that Crabtree said “something” to him but refused to give ant more information – instead Sherman implored the reader to ask Crabtree about the situation.
Sherman also reiterated his stance that Crabtree was a mediocre wide receiver and doesn’t belong in the conversation of the league’s best wide receivers.
“Erin Andrews interviewed me after the game and I yelled what was obvious: If you put a subpar player across from a great one, most of the time you’re going to get one result. As far as Crabtree being a top-20 NFL receiver, you’d have a hard time making that argument to me.”
The column came a day after his deflection of a Colin Kaepernick pass intended for Crabtree landed in the hands of Seahawks linebacker Malcolm Smith, sealing Seattle’s 23-17 victory in the NFC Championship Game. Only targeted twice on the day, Sherman taunted Crabtree immediately after the play, running up to him, tapping him on the rear end and offering a handshake – only to be shoved in the face by Crabtree in retaliation.
With all that being said, none of those actions received the reaction that his interview with Andrews garnered. What seemed like a standard postgame interview, instead became one of the most talked about postgame interviews in recent history. Obviously caught in the moment, Sherman spoke his mind and called Crabtree a “sorry” receiver.
The postgame interview nearly broke social media, garnering mixed responses. Some thought Sherman earned the right to voice his opinion and talk trash, some thought that Sherman disrespected the game and his opponents in a classless manner.
In the column, Sherman explained described how disappointed he was in the negative tweets directed to him and about him.
“But people find it easy to take shots on Twitter, and to use racial slurs and bullying language far worse than what you’ll see from me. It’s sad and somewhat unbelievable to me that the world is still this way, but it is. I can handle it.”
On Monday afternoon, Sherman issued a statement through ESPN’s Ed Werner apologizing for his actions.
“I apologize for attacking an individual and taking the attention away from the fantastic game by my teammates. That was not my intent.”
Now Sherman and the “Legion of Boom” are under two weeks away from facing Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos’ all-time great offense. While dismissive of Crabtree, Sherman expressed great respect for Manning and Denver’s trio of receivers, Wes Welker, Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker.