Seattle Seahawks outspoken cornerback Richard Sherman has certainly made a name for himself for his play. Now the DB has made a name for himself with his mouth. After Sunday nights rant following the NFC Championship Game victory over the San Francisco 49ers, Sherman has received a lot of attention. As the Associated Press reports on Jan. 21, the rampant cornerback has apologized for attacking another player and taking the attention away from his team.
As the Seahawks clinched their second trip to the Super Bowl, Richard Sherman took the time to go off on opposing receiver Michael Crabtree. The comments overshadowed the victory and Sherman made it clear that it wasn’t his intent.
In a text message to ESPN reporter Ed Werder, Sherman sent a personal apology:
“I apologize for attacking an individual and taking the attention away from the fantastic game by my teammates…That wasn’t my intent.”
Head coach Pete Carroll shared Sherman’s sentiments describing him as a very “emotional kid” who was obviously excited about his first Super Bowl appearance.
Richard Sherman further explained himself in an interview with ESPN Radio. He said:
“Obviously, I could have worded things better and could obviously have had a better reaction and done things differently. But it is what it is now, and people’s reactions are what they are.”
Sherman has become a focal point going into the Super Bowl and has brought some criticism to himself by taunting another player, but at the same time he has brought some positive attention to himself, mainly from advertisers who have taken this as an opportunity to market the All-Pro DB.
Carroll understands the possible distraction the attention will bring on his team and said he addressed the issue with Sherman.
"He has a great sense about things and understanding and sensitivity and awareness and he cares and he's a very thoughtful person so when he puts out those kind of thoughts he has to know what he's saying and understand it and I think he's very understanding at this point that he caused a stir that took away from the team."