Richard Sherman: I don’t want to be a villain

richard shermanSeahawks cornerback Richard Sherman wrote a column for that was just released this morning.

Sherman first explained what happened  between him and Michael Crabtree on the field.

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.

He also explained why he gave Colin Kaepernick the choke sign.

I threw a choking sign at 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Why? Because he decided he was going to try the guy he was avoiding all game, because, I don’t know, he’s probably not paying attention for the game-winning play. C’mon, you’re better than that.

Just like last night,  Sherman made it clear that he doesn’t even think Crabtree is a top-20 NFL wide receiver.  He also explained that the tension between them goes back to what happened in Arizona this past offseason.  I’m going to guess it was the charity event that Crabtree wanted to fight him at.

Sherman explained that he’s not trying to be a villain and he doesn’t want to be one.

It was loud, it was in the moment, and it was just a small part of the person I am. I don’t want to be a villain, because I’m not a villainous person. When I say I’m the best cornerback in football, it’s with a caveat: There isn’t a great defensive backfield in the NFL that doesn’t have a great front seven. Everything begins with pressure up front, and that’s what we get from our pass rushers every Sunday. 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.

Sherman also called out the Seahawks fans who threw food at 49ers linebacker Navorro Bowman, who was helped to the locker room after blowing out his knee late in the game.

One thing I can’t accept is what I read after the game about Seahawks fans throwing food at 49ers linebacker Navorro Bowman as he was being carted off the field with his knee injury. If it’s true, it’s beyond terrible. That’s as low as it gets. I’m sure whoever did this is in a small minority of fans, because I don’t think that kind of action is an accurate representation of the character of the 12th man. Navorro Bowman is a great player who plays the game the right way. When he went down, I dropped to a knee and prayed for him. He deserves better than having food thrown at him as he’s carted off a field. All players deserve better than that.

Like many people last night,  I wasn’t crazy about Sherman’s post game interview.  After reading his column and hearing about the history he has with Crabtree,  I understand where he’s coming from and have to respect him.