How Do You Feel About Richard Sherman Badmouthing Michael Crabtree After The NFC Championship Game Last Night?
Richard Sherman really seems to enjoy talking trash. And if you need proof of that, look no further than what the Seattle Seahawks cornerback did after his team beat the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship Game last night. Even though he didn’t make very many big plays during the game, Sherman did have a huge impact on the outcome of the contest. He tipped a pass at the end of the game that was intended for Niners wide receiver Michael Crabtree right to one of his teammates for an interception and helped seal the game for Seattle. And he responded by—what else?—talking some trash about Crabtree in his short post-game interview with Fox sideline reporter Erin Andrews. You can watch the interview here:
The clip of Sherman celebrating his team’s victory and simultaneously badmouthing Crabtree did not go over well. Forget that Sherman was reportedly upset because Crabtree refused to shake his hand at a charity event last summer. People were angry about how Sherman chose to talk trash to Crabtree after the game and called him out for being a poor sport. A quick scan of Twitter shows that there were a lot of really racist responses to Sherman’s post-game taunt. And a lot of people thought that he was totally classless for calling out Crabtree on such a big stage.
To his credit, Sherman responded to his critics earlier today by penning a piece for Sports Illustrated‘s site MMQB that explained why he was so passionate after the NFC Championship Game. But did he really owe that to anybody? Furthermore, does Sherman deserve all of the criticism he’s receiving right now from fans and media members?
The truth is that Sherman knew what he was doing when he talked trash to Crabtree during his interview. He knew that people would react to it. So there’s really no need to look too deeply into what he said or did. There’s no need to throw shots at Sherman on Twitter or fire off racist tweets in his direction. Because Sherman was just being himself when he spoke with Andrews. He was showing off the passion and the competitive fire that make him different from all of the other cornerbacks out there. Those things are what make him one of the best, if not the best cornerback in the NFL. It’s part of who he is, and no amount of negative tweets are going to change that. So why even bother?
What do you think about Richard Sherman’s outburst after last night’s NFC Championship Game? Do you think it was okay for him to speak his mind—or do you wish he would have toned himself down during his post-game interview with Erin Andrews? Speak your mind below.