By now we've all seen Richard Sherman's insane post-game interview after the Seahawks beat the 49ers Sunday night. Many thought it hilarious, others were not so impressed but the cornerback has explained his actions to MMQB.
First off, he takes us through went happened on the football field.
'Michael Crabtree stutter-stepped out of his break on first down and sprinted toward the end zone. I was in good position for a pick until he pushed me in the back. My interception became a tip and an interception for Malcolm Smith in the end zone.
'Game over. The Seahawks are in the Super Bowl.
'I ran over to Crabtree to shake his hand but he ignored me. I patted him, stuck out my hand and said, “Good game, good game.” That’s when he shoved my face, and that’s when I went off.'
After being rebuffed by Crabtree, Sherman made a choking sign to Colin Kaepernick for targeting him, 'because, I don’t know, he’s probably not paying attention for the game-winning play. C’mon, you’re better than that.'
Perhaps unsurprisingly, he says he can't see how Crabtree is a top-20 NFL receiver
After the game, Sherman was peeved by Crabtree's actions but he also cites a previous encounter: 'It goes back to something he said to me this offseason in Arizona, but you’d have to ask him about that.'
So when explaining his interview, Sherman says 'It was loud, it was in the moment, and it was just a small part of the person I am.'
The cornerback goes on to hit out at some of the criticism he received after said interview: '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.'
'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.'
In other Sherman in news, he stars in this new Beats ad, 'Hear what you want.'