Sports and Scores
 

Seattle's Sherman surprised by public reaction

(AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

By TIM BOOTH


Associated Press

RENTON, Wash. (AP) Richard Sherman wondered if he came to the NFL 20 years too late.

The Seattle Seahawks' All-Pro cornerback wondered if his swagger might have fit better a few decades earlier when that confidence and an unfiltered tongue was perhaps more accepted.

"I studied the old school game more than I studied the new school game, and I play it that way. It rubs a lot of people the wrong way," Sherman said Wednesday. "Giving a true speech after a game, a true passionate speech is old school football. Playing press corner and sitting up there every play is old school football. I guess maybe I just haven't adjusted to the times."

Sherman spoke at length for the first time since Sunday's NFC championship game win over San Francisco where his postgame comments to Fox reporter Erin Andrews became the talking point. It was a loud, emotional moment that happened just a few minutes after the Seahawks earned the second Super Bowl berth in franchise history.

Sherman was at the center of the decisive play, deflecting a pass intended for Michael Crabtree in the end zone and watching teammate Malcolm Smith run over to intercept it to clinch the victory. Sherman's ensuing remarks were directed mostly at Crabtree but his intense, shouting delivery is what took people aback.

Sherman said the reaction that followed over the next two days left him a little stunned as well.

"I was surprised by it. Because we're talking about football here and a lot of people took it a little bit further than football." Sherman said. "I guess some people showed how far we have really come in this day and age and it was kind of profound what happened and people's opinions of that nature, because I was on a football field showing passion. Maybe it was misdirected, maybe things may have been immature, maybe things could have been worded better but this is on a football field. I didn't commit any crimes, I wasn't doing anything illegal. I was showing passion after a football game."

Sherman apologized for taking away the spotlight from the performances by some of his teammates. Marshawn Lynch's 109 yards rushing and 40-yard touchdown, Jermaine Kearse's 35-yard touchdown catch on fourth-down and Bobby Wagner's 15 tackles all became secondary to Sherman's words.

What seemed to bother Sherman the most in the fallout was hearing the word "thug" attached to his name.

"The only reason it bothers me is it seems like it's an accepted way of calling someone the N-word nowadays. It's like everybody else said the N-word and they said thug and they're like, `that's fine,'" Sherman said. "That's where it kind of takes me aback. It's kind of disappointing because they know. What is the definition of a thug, really?"

Sherman then referenced seeing highlights of the Vancouver Canucks and Calgary Flames playing on Saturday when a fight broke out two seconds into the game.

"They didn't even play hockey. They just threw their sticks aside and started fighting," he said. "I saw that and said, `Oh, man, I'm the thug? What's going on here. Geez.' I'm really disappointed in being called a thug."

While there's been criticism for his rant, he's also received support. Perhaps most surprising was a tweet from baseball Hall of Famer Hank Aaron. Not a huge user of social media - Aaron had sent seven tweets before Tuesday - his message to Sherman read, "hang in there & keep playing as well as you did Sunday. Excellent job - you have my support."

Sherman was peppered with questions for more than 20 minutes Wednesday. Teammate Russell Wilson was also asked about the fallout. He said it hasn't been a distraction as the Seahawks begin preparing for Denver.

Sherman also didn't like hearing that some have labeled the team villainous.

"Anytime you label Russell Wilson a villain it has to be a joke," he said.

Sherman said he has not reached out to Crabtree. Sherman attempted to shake Crabtree's hand following the interception only to get shoved in the face. Even after his on-field interview, Sherman continued to deride Crabtree in his postgame media session, calling the receiver "mediocre" and later saying their problems dated to an incident during an offseason event in Arizona.

Sherman said he doesn't regret the choke sign he directed at San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick, a gesture that drew a 15-yard penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct.

"No man, it's Reggie Miller," Sherman said. "It's Reggie Miller. It's rivalries, right?"

---

AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org

Updated January 22, 2014

? © 2014 by STATS LLC and Associated Press.
Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of STATS LLC and Associated Press is strictly prohibited.

Audio On Demand

Patriots Nose Tackle Vinc…

Patriots Nose Tackle Vince Wilfork with Dale and Holley

We check in with Big Vince on a Patriots Monday as the Pats prepare to travel to Miami to take on the Dolphins in week one.

Tedy Bruschi with Dale and Holley

We check in with Full Tilt TB for a new weekly segment with Tedy, featuring a look at all things Patriots and NFL football.

Head Coach Bill Belichick with Dale and Holley

We check with with the HC of the NEP on a Patriots Monday on a Tuesday as the Pats prep for the Dolphins this coming Sunday. Bill touches on Gronk's desire to play, the departure of Logan Mankins and more.

Jackie MacMullan, ESPN Bo…

Jackie MacMullan, ESPN Boston, "I think Rondo is going to go, I just don't see where and how yet" 7-17-14

Jackie Mac joins the guys to discuss her thoughts on a possible mid-season tournament in the NBA, LeBron's return to Cleveland, trade rumors with the Celtics and Red Sox, and Darrelle Revis' contract situation.

Jackie MacMullan, ESPN Boston: I believe Rondo will be traded 7-10-14

Jackie MacMullan of ESPN Boston to talk about the Lebron James Saga, the possibility of Rajon Rondo being traded, and the future of Marcus Smart.

OK State Men's Basketball coach, Travis Ford, joins MFB to talk about Marcus Smart, 6-30-14

Former coach of Celtics 1st-round pick Marcus Smart, Travis Ford joins MFB to talk about what Celtics fans should expect from the strong point guard. Among other things, Coach Ford says Smart will be a hard worker, and will improve his shooting ability.

Minor Details Ep. 99: 201…

Minor Details Ep. 99: 2014 Down on the Farm Player and Pitcher of the Year

With the minor league season wrapping up, Minor Details recognizes and checks in with its Red Sox Minor League Pitcher of the Year, left-hander Brian Johnson, and Player of the Year, second baseman/outfielder Mookie Betts.

Xander Bogaerts Player of the Game Interview

Joe and Dave talk with Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts after he goes 4-5 in the Red Sox 9-4 win over the New York Yankees.

Clay Buchholz with Joe Castiglione after his shutout in Tampa Bay

Joe talked to the Sox right-hander, who allowed three hits and zero walks in the 3-0 win over the Rays.

The Bradfo Show: Talking …

The Bradfo Show: Talking Bruins roster moves with DJ Bean, Turtleboy

Rob Bradford is joined by WEEI.com Bruins beat writer DJ Bean, as well as Boston sports fan/blogger Turtleboy to talk all things Bruins free agency. With the B's recent moves, the conversation turns to where the Bruins might next turn and what kind of dent losing Jarome Iginla and Shawn Thornton might make.

DJ Bean breaks down the first hours of NHL Free Agency 7-1-14

DJ discusses Shawn Thornton's new deal, and the on going negotiations with Jerome Iginla

DJ Bean, WEEI.com. The Bruins are not traded Marchand 6-13-14

DJ Bean joins the program to dismiss the recent rumors that the Bruins are in discussions to trade Brad Marchand to the Sharks for Patrick Marleau

Tom Brady on the Logan Ma…

Tom Brady on the Logan Mankins trade 9-2-14

Tom Brady discussed his feelings on the Logan Mankins trade and the return of Gronk.

Tim Hasselbeck on the start of the NFL season 9-2-14

Tim joined the show to discuss the start of the NFL season and the future of Tom Brady.

Headlines, Headlines, Headlines: Hacked celebrities 9-2-14

The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.

Rodney Harrison joins MFB…

Rodney Harrison joins MFB to talk Patriots expectation, 9-2-14

Rodney Harrison joins the show, as he will do every week during the NFL season. This week he talked about what to expect from the Patriots this year. He thinks Brady can play can for another 10 or 15 years due to the rules changes. He also said that due to his size, NFL defensive players will continue to target Rob Gronkowski's knees.

Three For All - Nude Celebrity photos leaked! 9-2-14

The iCloud was hacked over Labor Day weekend and over 300 scandalous photos were hacked from the phones and iPads of celebrities. And the guy who replaced Michael Sam, Ethan Westbrooks, got a tattoo on his face to motivate himself from ever having a "normal" job.

Patriots DE Chandler Jones joins MFB, 9-2-14

On this Patriots Monday (on a Tuesday) Chandler Jones talks about getting ready for the Miami Dolphins and his upcoming battle with Brandon Albert. The guys also asked about J.J. Watt's 100 million dollar contract.

Vince Wilfork: It's bette…

Vince Wilfork: It's better to go to Miami earlier in the season

We check in with Big Vince on a Patriots Monday as the Pats prepare to travel to Miami to take on the Dolphins in week one.

Tedy Bruschi: Gronk is just excited and ready to go

We check in with Full Tilt TB for a new weekly segment with Tedy, featuring a look at all things Patriots and NFL football.

Bill Belichick: This will be a decision we make, not Rob (Gronkowski)

We check with with the HC of the NEP on a Patriots Monday on a Tuesday as the Pats prep for the Dolphins this coming Sunday. Bill touches on Gronk's desire to play, the departure of Logan Mankins and more.

Jim Koch joins Planet Mik…

Jim Koch joins Planet Mikey

Co-founder and chairman of the Boston Beer Company, Jim Koch, talks about his Sam Adams beer and the history of his brewery.

Danny Picard talks Red Sox and Patriots with Mike Giardi

Danny picard is filling in for Mikey and talks with CSNNE's Mike Giardi about Clay Buchholz heading up the Red Sox pitching rotation, and how the Patriots have looked through training camp so far.

Jon Lester's Contract Situation and the Future

Mut and Villani are talking about whether the Red Sox will give Jon Lester the type of contract he is looking for, or whether they might be shopping him with rumors of the Red Sox scouting Cole Hamels.

Minor Details Ep. 99: 201…

Minor Details Ep. 99: 2014 Down on the Farm Player and Pitcher of the Year

With the minor league season wrapping up, Minor Details recognizes and checks in with its Red Sox Minor League Pitcher of the Year, left-hander Brian Johnson, and Player of the Year, second baseman/outfielder Mookie Betts.

Fantasy Football Podcast: Auction drafts, big names to avoid, and more! 8-31-14

Fantasy Football Drafts are now happening every day, so Pete Davidson and Jim Hackett have you covered. The NFL season kicks off on Thursday night, so Pete and Jim get their final thoughts of some drafting strategies. They discuss their Auction draft from earlier in the week. Also, some big name players that smart drafters should avoid.

Fantasy Football Podcast: Late Round Targets Edition

We know your Fantasy Football drafts are happening right now, so Jim Hackett and Pete Davidson are here to help. We know you’d never blow off work to draft right? Turn up the speakers! Our fantasy guys chat up Pete’s most recent article on WEEI.com that offers background on several players you can target late in drafts across multiple league sizes; covering upside players to grab in 8-team leagues, 10-team leagues, 12-team leagues and 14-team leagues. Jim and Pete will be back at 7:30 a.m. on Sunday morning on your radio dial, 93.7 FM, with more ammo for all this weekend’s drafters. Good luck!

Tom Brady on the Logan Ma…

Tom Brady on the Logan Mankins trade 9-2-14

Tom Brady discussed his feelings on the Logan Mankins trade and the return of Gronk.

More from this show

Tim Hasselbeck on the sta…

Tim Hasselbeck on the start of the NFL season 9-2-14

Tim joined the show to discuss the start of the NFL season and the future of Tom Brady.

More from this show

Tom Brady says Logan Mank…

Tom Brady says Logan Mankins stood for Patriots Football, 9-2-14

Tom Brady was on D&C this morning and spoke about the Logan Mankins trade. Brady spoke glowingly about his former teammate. MFB try to figure out how upset Brady is over the trade.

More from this show

Rodney Harrison joins MFB…

Rodney Harrison joins MFB to talk Patriots expectation, 9-2-14

Rodney Harrison joins the show, as he will do every week during the NFL season. This week he talked about what to expect from the Patriots this year. He thinks Brady can play can for another 10 or 15 years due to the rules changes. He also said that due to his size, NFL defensive players will continue to target Rob Gronkowski's knees.

More from this show

Headlines, Headlines, Hea…

Headlines, Headlines, Headlines: Hacked celebrities 9-2-14

The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.

More from this show

Weei Writers