Richard Sherman made an official apology as he told reporters that he did not intend to take away from the efforts of his team as the Seattle Seahawks move forward to the Super Bowl 2014.
In a text message to ESPN reporter Ed Werder, Richard Sherman wrote:
“I apologize for attacking an individual and taking the attention away from the fantastic game by my teammates … That was not my intent. 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.”
Richard Sherman clinched the win for the Seattle Seahawks against the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship when he deflected what could have been the winning touchdown for the 49ers. After his win-saving block, Richard Sherman ran over to Michael Crabtree and patted him on the head. Crabtree then shoved Sherman in the face before walking off the field.
In his post-game interview, Sherman told reporters:
“I was making sure everyone knew Crabtree was a mediocre receiver. And when you try the best corner in the game with a mediocre receiver, that’s what happens. I appreciate that he knows that now. There has been a lot of talk from him running his mouth about me.”
Despite his apology, Richard Sherman also took to websites and blogs to post his side of the story as he wrote on MMQB:
“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.”
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