Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman went off on 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree after Sunday’s NFC Championship Game win, calling Crabtree a “sorry receiver” in an interview with FOX at the final gun and then referring to him as “mediocre” several times while talking to reporters later in the evening.
Sherman said after the game that Crabtree made a personal remark this offseason that angered the Seahawks corner and Crabtree said last week that he didn’t think Sherman was the best cornerback in the game, something that surely peeved a player who is fond of calling himself the best corner in the game. Crabtree stuck to his guns after the loss, tweeting to ESPN and NFL Network to pull up film of the game and “show me where this guy is the best” while calling Sherman fake.
Crabtree wouldn’t say what Sherman said to him on the field after Sherman redirected a pass to Crabtree into the hands of linebacker Malcolm Smith, but insisted that Sherman’s play didn’t warrant the chatter or the high self-opinion.
“He’s a TV guy. I’m not a TV guy. I play ball. He makes one play, he talks … We’re on the field and he ain’t doing nothing,” Crabtree said, via the San Jose Mercury News. “That’s one play he made. … That’s probably the only play he made the whole game.”
Sherman’s going to have plenty of opportunities to respond to Crabtree’s response over the next two weeks and started on Twitter by writing that a lion doesn’t consider the opinion of a sheep and accused others of throwing stones in glass houses because of how much talk there was both ways leading up to the game.
As for Sherman’s next game, he said he’ll speak his mind before Super Bowl XLVIII but that he won’t be taking any shots at Peyton Manning. Sherman said “you’ll get lost” if you try to get into Manning’s head, so we’ll have to see where Sherman directs his animosity now that Crabtree’s out of the way.