Michael Crabtree, Richard Sherman Rivalry Began Long Before Last Season

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I’m still flashing back on the great moments from the Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl season. The Richard Sherman rant about San Francisco 49ers WR Michael Crabtree after the NFC Championship just won’t go away. Sherman won’t let it go. His blast during the Erin Andrews’ interview has become one of the most divisive moments in NFL postgame history.

Jerry Brewer of the Seattle Times revealed that the Sherman/Crabtree feud may go way beyond football. Sherman’s older brother Branton told him a story from Larry Fitzgerald‘s charity softball tournament in Apr. 2013. Apparently Sherman went to shake the receiver’s hand but Crabtree tried to start a fight instead.

“I’m going to make a play and embarrass him,” Sherman vowed to his brother.

A big brother is hardly an unbiased reporter. Dom Cosentino of NJ.com heard it a different way from an source unrelated to either combatant.

“It was Sherman who tried to start the fight with Crabtree,” said the unnamed source. “Sherman kept getting in his face and Crabtree was just laughing about it.”

The source didn’t hear what exactly was said, but deduced from Sherman’s body language that Crabtree was not the aggressor.

Right after the game, Sherman explained himself somewhat at MMQB.com. “It goes back to something he said to me this offseason in Arizona,” he wrote, “but you’d have to ask him about that.”

Crabtree has not shared any details, leaving us all to guess.

I really want to get to the bottom of this. As a Seahawks fan, I’d love to find that Crabtree is the bad-guy. I need to believe that all of Sherman’s jawing has real justification.

Typically I like athletes to shut up and play, yet Doug Baldwin proves that precise trash talk can be effective.

Who knows more about this? Until training camp starts, I have little else to obsess over.

Eighty Six is a Seattle Seahawks writer for RantSports.com .  Follow him on Twitter @86ThePoet , “like” him on Facebook  or add him to your network on Google .


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