Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman is defending himself in regards to his post-game rant from a brief interview he gave after the Seahawks beat the San Francisco 49ers.
He spoke to FOX’s Erin Andrews & screamed:
“Well, I’m the best corner in the game. When you try me with a sorry receiver like Crabtree, that’s the result you’re gonna get …. Don’t you [Crabtree] ever talk about me! Don’t you open your mouth about the best or I’m gonna shut it for you real quick.”
His comments have caused quite an uproar — leaving many to criticize the athlete for unsportsmanlike conduct among other things.
Today, Richard wrote a first-person column for “MMQB” where he was able to fully explain himself.
“It was loud, it was in the moment, and it was just a small part of the person I am. I don’t want to be a villain, because I’m not a villainous person. When I say I’m the best cornerback in football, it’s with a caveat: There isn’t a great defensive backfield in the NFL that doesn’t have a great front seven. Everything begins with pressure up front, and that’s what we get from our pass rushers every Sunday. To those who would call me a thug or worse because I show passion on a football field—don’t judge a person’s character by what they do between the lines. Judge a man by what he does off the field, what he does for his community, what he does for his family.
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.”
You can read his full column here.
In case you missed it, here’s Sherman’s controversial rant.