It was, at the very least, a cringe-worthy moment. Erin Andrews, the side-line reporter for Fox Sports asked the Seattle Seahawks’ Richard Sherman, “Take me through that last play of the game.” Ignoring the question, Sherman launched into a rant, proclaiming himself the best corner in the game, called San Francisco 49er’s Michael Crabtree a “sorry receiver,” and ended with the threat, “don’t you open your mouth about the best or I’m going to shut it real quick.” Fox Sports ended the coverage abruptly, because it crossed the line and “it started getting a little dangerous,” according to Fox Sports producer Richie Ziontz.
Erin Andrews reportedly loved the interview and called it “awesome.” Sherman, however, has apologized, calling his comments “immature.”
Reaction from fans and the public has been equally mixed.
His supporters say that this kind of talk is to be expected and happens all the time, just not on national TV. Many are willing to believe that if you are hyped up after making a huge play, you get license to run your mouth, even if that results in bravado, denigration, and threats. After all, hey, he’s just keeping it real.
His detractors range from those who worry about the role-model he is setting to those getting nasty right back and calling him vile names.
Richard Sherman is an intelligent man. And he knows what he said was immature. But even he can’t seem to leave it at that. In an interview with CNN’s Rachel Nichols, when asked what he regrets about that day, he said that he regrets the coverage of his interview and that it takes away from the accomplishments of his teammates. It’s priceless that he’s complaining about an aftermath that never would have occurred, had he not himself taken away from the accomplishments of the day with such unsportsmanlike conduct. In the same CNN interview, he stated, “Regardless of how that interview goes, it doesn’t give you the right to say – the things they were saying. And that’s the part that’s sad.”
Sherman is right about one thing. It’s very sad. Sad that Sherman goes off on a rant and says things he later regrets, which sparks comments from others that they will likely regret. The fix? Have the maturity and presence of mind to “be real” without being arrogant and mean-spirited. And if you choose to “be real” like Sherman, then be real enough to take the criticism.
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