What Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman did in the NFC Championship is simply what he does best. The man makes big plays and then talks a big game afterwards. Apparently, we can add pointless apologies to the list.
Obviously, Sherman was offended that wide receiver Michael Crabtree didn’t acknowledge his handshake and ‘good game’ after the biggest play of his career, but who could really blame Crabtree for not acting on the request. That’s not really the point of this article, though.
Sherman took a lot of heat for the way he handled himself in a postgame interview with Fox Sports reporter Erin Andrews. However, the true reason why many professionals in the industry were upset was how he went about himself 30 minutes after the game was over in his postgame news conference.
“I was making sure everyone knew Crabtree was a mediocre receiver,” Sherman said during the postgame press conference. “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.”
Sherman could have stayed with what he said immediately after the game. Everyone would have understood that even though he was wrong for what he did, it was somewhat understandable because it was an incredibly emotional moment. However, it was because too much time had passed from the end of the game to the time he stepped up to the podium that most people believe it was unforgivable of him to continue to blast Crabtree the first chance he got.
Of course, what happened less than 24 hours later is something we all assumed would happen at some point. Sherman issued an apology in the form of a text message to ESPN’s Ed Werder.
“I apologize for attacking an individual and taking the attention away from the fantastic game by my teammates … That was not my intent,” read the text message, according to ESPN.
Sherman also acknowledged on the “Scott Van Pelt and Russillo” show on ESPN Radio that he didn’t handle himself in the best way.
“Obviously I could have worded things better and could obviously have had a better reaction and done things differently,” he said during the interview. “But it is what it is now, and people’s reactions are what they are.”
The problem with the apology is that we all know Sherman doesn’t mean it. The only reason he went through this process is because the team made him or his publicist told him it had to be done. I know what you’re thinking. Sherman clearly doesn’t let anyone tell him what to do. Well, in this case I guarantee that’s what happened.
If Sherman were truly sorry, he never would have continued with the barrage in his postgame news conference. He never would have written a column for SI.com that was published Monday morning in which he discusses his hatred for Crabtree. An apology should only occur when someone is truly remorseful for his actions. Call me crazy, but I don’t get the feeling that Sherman has any regret for what he said.
The only reason Sherman has expressed sorrow for his incident is because it has completely overshadowed Seattle’s clinch of the NFC. There’s no question he’s upset with himself in that regard because he took the spotlight away from the team and completely put it on him.