Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman quickly has become one of the most polarizing figures in football. Starting with his decision to get in the face of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady after Seattle upset New England during the regular season and continuing through his recent Twitter battle with Jets (for now) cornerback Darrelle Revis, Sherman has landed on the national radar screen in a way that many regard as good, and that many regard as bad.
His fans say Sherman is confident. Foes call him arrogant.On Thursday, he gave plenty of ammunition to the latter in his over-the-top effort to take down ESPN’s Skip Bayless. Hardly a likeable figure in his own right, Bayless came off at times as the victim while absorbing a clumsy, charmless stream of insults from Sherman.
“Skip, whenever you refer to me, whenever you speak to me, whenever you address me, address me as All-Pro Stanford graduate, because those are some accomplishments you will never — you can aspire to, you will never accomplish,” Sherman said, right out of the gates. “You have never accomplished anything.”
Bayless wasn’t about to back down. “I think I’ve accomplished more in my field than you have in yours,” Bayless said.
“I’m at the top of my field,” Sherman declared. “I’m All-Pro. I’m one of the best 22 players in the NFL. You’re gonna brush it off. But I don’t think you’re the best 22 anything. In sports, in media, in anything. I think you think more of yourself than you can actually prove. In my 24 years of life, I’m better at life than you.”
“Do you think you’re better than Darrelle Revis right now?” Bayless asked.
“I’m better than you,” Sherman said.
Later, Sherman said that Bayless is an “ignorant, pompous, egotistical cretin, and I’m gonna crush you on here in front of everybody, because I’m tired of hearing about it.”
For as bad as the words, the delivery was worse. Sherman displayed no charisma, which often is the difference between words being perceived as humorously brash and insufferably rude.
If that’s the attitude Sherman needs to have in order to be the best he can be on the field, that’s fine. But it won’t win him many admirers beyond those who already are fans of the Seahawks.