After a thrilling NFC Championship Game last Sunday in which the Seattle Seahawks came from behind to beat their division rivals, the San Francisco 49ers, 23-17 and advance to the Super Bowl, Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman went off and trash talked 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree — and frankly scared sideline report Erin Andrews to death during his rant. While what Sherman said was wrong, talking about how Crabtree is a “sorry” receiver that should not have been talking about Sherman during the week (even though most people do not even remember Crabtree saying anything), the media is completely blowing this out of proportion.
The way the media is talking about this you would think Sherman was the first person ever to trash talk in the game of football. Athletes in different sports even took to twitter, most notably starting pitcher for the Detroit Tigers Justin Verlander who even went as far as threatening Sherman saying “if he played baseball would get a high and tight fastball.” If you know baseball, this basically translates to either serious chin music or getting beaned.
Oh, but it does not stop there. You can even go outside of sports media and social media and still hear Sherman’s name followed by extreme criticism. I kid you not, but I have even heard women’s gossip entertainment shows that my mother watches (which shall remain nameless) dissecting what Sherman said and how much of a bad man he is. Are you kidding me? There is just no reason why Sherman’s name should be one of the top trends on social media for days now.
Now I am not condoning what Sherman did, and I do agree that it was not being a good sport and classless. But are all of the personal attacks and racial slurs really necessary? Should Sherman’s intelligence and athletic ability be called into question because of one incident?
Unfortunately that is the world we live in, but just ask yourselves this: Would you be in complete control of what you were saying if you were going to the Super Bowl and just beat a team with a player who talked smack to you during the week leading up to the game? It was a heat of the moment reaction and Sherman regrets it. It is time for the media to grow up and just move on already. Stop taking the focus away from the Seahawks’ win in the NFC Championship Game and the upcoming Super Bowl between them and the Denver Broncos two Sundays from now.