Richard Sherman apologizes for threatening to “ruin” reporter’s career

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Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman faced plenty of questions on Tuesday about his strenuous objections to the team’s offensive play calling on Thursday night against the Rams. He apparently faced one more than he wanted.

“What I don’t quite understand is Darrell Bevell is calling plays and he thinks they’re going to work and yet you think you maybe have a better handle of what should be called?” Jim Moore of seattlepi.com asked, via Curtis Crabtree of 950 KJR in Seattle.

“No, we’ve just had a prior experience so we talked about it,” Sherman responded. “But let me guess, you have a better play call. Let me guess, you have better experience.”

“No, I don’t have better experience,” Moore said.

“Then you should probably, you know, stop,” Sherman said.

Later, after his weekly press conference ended, Sherman didn’t stop.

“You don’t want to go there,” Sherman said to Moore. “You do not. I’ll ruin your career.”

“You’ll ruin my career?” Moore said.

“Yes. Yes, I will.”

“How are you going to do that?”

“I’ll make sure you don’t get your media pass any more,” Sherman said.

“Oh, is that right?” Moore said.

“Yes. Yes it is,” Sherman said.

It was uncalled for, and Sherman either later realized it on his own or someone compelled him to realize it. On Twitter, Sherman posted a message that had an involuntary, twisted-arm feel to it: “I appreciate the role the media plays and they have a tough job,” Sherman said. “I let it get personal today and I regret that. Next one should be fun.”

In a separate tweet, Sherman posted this hashtag: “Petesaididontcontrolcredentials.”

Sherman(and coach Pete Carroll are right; players don’t control media credentials. They also don’t coach, which brings us back to the original problem with Sherman’s ongoing criticism of the decisions made by the team’s coaching staff. The Patriots beat the Seahawks in Super Bowl nearly two years ago due in part to a stubborn adherence to a three-word mantra that ensures the clear and unmistakable delegation and distribution of duties.

Do your job. Not anyone else’s. And don’t worry about whether anyone else is doing their job. That’s the job of those responsible for ensuring that specific employees are doing their jobs.

While Carroll has gotten through to Sherman on whether Sherman can keep a reporter from being credentialed, Carroll apparently has not gotten Sherman to realize that it’s not his place to question offensive play calling. At some point, if Sherman refuses to accept his role and stay in his lane, it could be a factor in the Seahawks finding someone else to do the job Sherman does.

144 responses to “Richard Sherman apologizes for threatening to “ruin” reporter’s career

  1. Sherman is on a tight rope in the eyes of the public. Very polarizing, and it’s one slip-up like this that may turn his supporters against him. Hope this is the last threat he makes.

  2. You can tell Sherman still has nightmares about that Superbowl. he needs to worry about doing his job, and finishing the season playing well.

    The Rams aren’t going to be there for Seattle have a cakewalk game in the post-season.

  3. What an unprofessional jerk. Seriously, that’s something you just don’t do. In this case, Sherman did it in response to a tame question.

    Maybe someone will teach that punk some manners, but I doubt he has the capacity to learn them. He got roasted by Julio Jones all day, and still acted like a petulant little child.

    What an overrated blowhard.

  4. Bad move by Sherman, but the “reporter” in question is kind of a dumb a$$. He is a radio co-host who spends most of his time not even listening to the other co-hosts. He thinks he is always right but I guess if you do not listen then maybe you are. Anyway Sherman let his dumb questions get the best of him and now he had to tuck tail and apologize.

  5. I hope the media person presses charges against the Yip Yap and causes him to do hundreds of hours of community service scrubbing sidewalks with a toothbrush.

    What a jerk!

  6. Good on Sherman to call out Carroll. Most of these coaches are idiots. Death, taxes and run the ball on 1st and goal from the 1. Don’t show us how smart you are outthinking yourself.

    Love me some sherm and I’m not a Seahawks fan at all.

  7. Sounds like Sherman was exactly correct. It was wisecracking question from some hack trying to provoke Sherman. It’s very doubtful that a “reporter” from an organization named seattlepi knows anything about football, and it is certain that he knows less than Sherman.

  8. “At some point, if Sherman refuses to accept his role and stay in his lane, it could be a factor in the Seahawks finding someone else to do the job Sherman does.”

    All players are not created equal, some are in fact far more equal than others. If it were easy for the Seahawks (or anyone) to find someone that can do the job a difficult star can do they already would have.

  9. Huge seahawk fan but sherman has no ability to control his temper or tirades. He said that he made it to the mountain top by keeping his foot on the gas. Us with our foot on the brake will never understand.
    Dick, you are right. I will never understand the look at me mentality. Try some modesty and humility for once. Believe me as you age you will wish you had.
    I long for the largent days where he would toss the ball to the refand run to the bench!

  10. The NFL has periods through the years of this type of thing. Where a small number of players start seeing themselves as bigger than the game. Some better-than-average talented baller’s that lose sight of the scope and magnitude that is the game of football – and their moment in it’s history they get the opportunity to be a part of it.

    For every Joe Thomas, Tom Brady, Eric Berry, Larry Fitzgerald….etc, who embraces, cherishes, and humbly makes his way through his career in the game, there will be a Richard Sherman, Josh Norman, T.J. Ward, OBJ…etc, type that thinks they’re something special the game has never seen, or will ever see again, and have somehow risen above it.

    Some are mature enough to keep the perspective balanced…..some have their maturity arrested by the lights, the noise, the endorsements, and the articles they read of themselves.

    If your interested in revoking something, Sherman….. revoke your self-appointed sense of supreme importance, it will serve you much better.

  11. I always find it interesting when the prima donnas of the league can’t keep their mouths shut while they are at the top of their game. So arrogant. They never seem to learn the lessons of players in the past that did the exact same thing and then got to the back end of their careers and still had the ability to play a couple more years but no team would sign them because at that point their skill didn’t warrant putting up with the toxic selfish person. Your time will come Richard. You might want to begin shutting your mouth now before you regret it later. Time has a way of just creeping up on you. And if you won’t do it for yourself do it for us. We are all sick of you and everything that comes out of your mouth.

  12. The press should only repeat what the NFL says it should. …and the press should simply stop asking questions.
    It’s way too bothersome.
    My head hurts from reconciling cowflapdoodle versus stuff that is real.

  13. …oh, one last thing… “I will end you!”
    I can feel the roids surging through my temples!
    Yeeehaaah!

    I want to crush you like a bug!

    …now gimme that damn pen…and I’m gonna write some words about you!

  14. jackedupboonie says:
    Dec 20, 2016 10:01 PM
    Sherman has literally gone past the line now. His Facebook posts are becoming odd, this won’t end well in Seattle unless they win the Super Bowl this year.
    ——————————

    So you’re guaranteeing this won’t end well.

  15. Richard Sherman wears his emotions on his sleeve. And unlike Reggie Jackson, Majic Johnson, etc…whom often questioned openly and emotionally their teammates’ play and management’s calls – but gave everything to win.
    However, the media situation was wrong and admits as much.
    Haters beware – just like Jackson and Johnson everyone would want Sherman on their team but hates to admit it.

  16. Pete Carroll is a 9/11 truther says:
    Dec 20, 2016 9:58 PM

    When asked about the situation, Carroll passed. Again.
    ………………….
    Edit: When handed the question, Carroll passed,
    Again.

  17. I’d rather have Jim Moore than Richard Sherman. He can go ahead and leave. **Tosses Sherman jersey in garbage**

  18. It appears fail attempt by Pete Carroll and Roger Gooddell to talk to this guy didn’t do any good. I firmly think it’s finally time for Paul Allen(Owner) to have a face to face with Richard.

  19. Huge Hawks fan and was a huge Sherman fan. In Seattle we haven’t had a tough football team since the days of Kenny Easley. Unfortunately that team wasn’t any good. The thing I’ve loved about this version of the Hawks is how tough and mean they’ve been. I love the black hat and I love how other fans hate us. Sherman is to much though. He had a chance to be one of the most beloved hawks. HOFer and in our ring of honor. That stuff will still happen but the shine is off of him. I’ll love watching earl if he doesn’t retire and Russell most likely become Seahawks legend HOFers. I’ll watch Sherman as well but it will never be the same. Congrats on being one of the best corners ever and being a jerk the whole time. To each their own I guess

  20. This reaffirms bewilderment of why that the nfl media continues to praise and coddle this clown as some well educated ‘thinking man’s” player, dismissing his childish antics as his “passion and emotion”. Petulant, misinformed diva brat. Past his prime to boot. And equal blame goes to “Pete” for creating the culture of players ruling roost. Carroll is proven, but he’s really just the successful version of Rex. Not built to last.

  21. Richard is a misunderstood but good guy and the best CB in the league still. The fact that you are all trolling means we’re still in your heads. Hes just a brash young guy who’s still learning. We’re all good, no reason our dominance doesn’t stretch to another decade

  22. You mad bro must be over killed on this thread by now.
    His head has gotten too big.
    He is becoming a distraction.
    14.2 mill a year and he talks like this?
    Handle yourself professionally and grow up

  23. These announcers help give these guys the big heads. Seriously, they are the second coming, Gods gift to us all whenever we are fortunate enough to watch them play. Even the gifted smart people are really stupid.

  24. He admitted his anger got the better of him. So, yeah, he was mad, BRO.

    I miss the days when the internet was like a club and not just any dimwit with a smartphone was able to join.

  25. Sherman threatens a reporter is going to ruin his career, Tileb threatens another player on national TV and nobody is talking fines but if you complain about an officials bad call you get fined and or a suspension. I dare say the reporter has a better chance of making life
    Uncomfortable for Sherman, you see the media can write and say what ever their little hearts desire, think about that Dick Sherman.

  26. For some reason I can’t help but think back to Mark Cuban. He said the game would get too big for itself and decline. I think people like Richard are a perfect microcosm of that. He really does feel like he can say whatever he wants and it won’t matter. Pretty soon, it’s gonna matter. I think even Richard might have been reminded of that as evidenced by that weak “apology” tweet.

  27. justintuckrule says:
    Dec 20, 2016 9:56 PM

    Good on Sherman to call out Carroll. Most of these coaches are idiots. Death, taxes and run the ball on 1st and goal from the 1. Don’t show us how smart you are outthinking yourself.

    Love me some sherm and I’m not a Seahawks fan at all.

    No surprise you’re a Sherman fan. It was a good call. Butler made a better play. It happens. You know, like Tyree. Stop blaming the nearest non-bro for that spectacular ending. Psst, agenda is showing.

  28. 12brichandfamous says:
    Dec 20, 2016 9:46 PM

    First sign of losing control is inmates believe they run the asylum.
    ________________________________________

    He had a brain fart, and for a minute there he must have thought he was in the NBA.

  29. The knock on Pete Carroll is that he is a gambler and depends too much on luck.

    In this case, he’s gambling that an unconventional organizational structure…in which players can undermine coaches’ authority and bully the media…will deliver superior results.

    Maybe Pete is right and his kind of coaching represents the future, or maybe he’s just taking big risks without having assessed the potential costs and benefits.

    If it’s the former then he’s a visionary and if it’s the latter then he’s just a gambler.

  30. Sherman has always been good for clicks with his outrageous claims. But this is deeper. He is starting to crack emotionally with garbage like this and the numerous sideline meltdowns this year. There have been several.

    I think he is suffering some sort of psychosis he may or not be aware of. When he’s comfortable, he’s gregarious and playful with the media and extremely well spoken.

    He better get a cap on that rage he’s got going on. Remember when he used to gesture with his finger in a circular motion? He did it to show he was in the other team’s head.

    Something clearly is inside Richard’s head. And it will be his downfall

  31. Right. Say what you mean, then apologize. Happens all over the sports, entertainment and political world. Spineless.

  32. It is was interesting to watch Ricard Sherman try go all Darth Vader on the reporter almost saying “Your lack of faith is disturbing” and putting a Jedi force choke on his press credentials.

  33. Do your job? really?? That is not the Seahawk way… “Risk it all” is better assessment.

    fake punts to upstage an interim HC that is a special teams coach when up by 3 TDs? Sure!

    Pass the ball on the 1 yd line when you have a beast RB? It’s the Seahawk way!

    Sherman is over-the-top, but he is right. It’s a team sport and coaches need to be held accountable just like the players.

  34. “Richard Sherman has quickly become a turd.”

    Quickly? I guess you haven’t been paying attention the last five years or so.

  35. I don’t understand how people still don’t understand the play call from the super bowl (passing from the 1). The Seahawks just got stuffed on first down. And they had 1 timeout. The thinking by the Seahawks coaching staff was correct. It was second down. If they run the ball on 2nd down and get stuffed they have to use their timeout. That means third down has to be a pass. That shifts the advantage to the defense if they know it’s going to be a pass. If the scenario played out that way they would be 3rd and goal, no timeouts, and 15 seconds on the clock. Throwing on second down gave them the freedom to run or pass on third down (because of the timeout). Meaning that if it reached 4th down, again they have the freedom to run or pass. The second down pass was the only way to give themselves the run/pass option on both third and 4th down. The play that they called was stupid. But passing in that situation is the right call. Not everything happens in a vacuum. Acting like running the ball was the only play call in that situation is stupid. There is a reason they are coaching professional football and you aren’t. I’m a Patriots fan and I understand this. I can’t believe I have to defend that assclown Pete Carroll but he made the right call, it just wasn’t the best play to run

  36. It’s good that he apologized but the just the fact that he is yelling at coaches and telling reporters he is going to revoke their credentials speaks volumes as to where his head is at. Great talent but I am glad he is not on my team.

  37. Sherman is a good ball player.
    Although yappy, I used to think that he was smart, clever, and generally had a good take on things.
    Now he really just seems like a self-centered D-bag.
    I hope that Malcolm Butler is what made him fall apart.

  38. So is this guy a reporter or opinion writer? You don’t need a press pass, or half a brain as we found out during this election cycle, to be an opinion writer.

  39. 4sacroc says:
    Dec 20, 2016 9:44 PM
    Richard Sherman has quickly become a turd.
    ______________________
    No, he’s been a turd for quite some time.

  40. same old story. dude loves to run his mouth with no filter, which is obviously fine, but then gets incredibly sensitive with what other people have to say.

    the reporters question might have had some sarcasm to it but you get all bent out of shape from that?

  41. newmancave2016 says:
    Dec 21, 2016 8:57 AM
    Sherman is such a waste. He’s talented, works hard and is extremely intelligent.

    People like to say he’s intelligent but I disagree. He’s educated, which is not the same thing as intelligent.

    Narcissistic blowhard? Yeah. But that’s what happens when you keep sticking a microphone in front of some folks. They start to believe that the reason is because they’re intelligent when all they’re really looking for is a sound bite opportunity. Intelligent people don’t provide these.

    Disagree? Ask Brady. The one time in his career he stepped out of the box and said “read the rule book” he paid a high price. Even as smart as we like to think he is, he’s not immune.

    “We’re on to Cincinnati” is the smartest thing you can say to any media type, no matter the question.

  42. Sherman>TO>Randy Moss>Sherman>TO>Randy Moss…

    What will these guys have in common? TO and Randy had the abilities to continue to play in the league but because of antics, similar to Sherman’s, that made them persona non grata on every NFL team.

    Perhaps Sherman should step back and learn that while initially it is an attention getter and teams love attention, it will eventually spiral into a love>hate relationship that ends up with teams hating Sherman and he finds himself unemployed long before his time should be done.

    Just my opinion.

  43. Dont Vontaze Me Bro!! says:
    Dec 21, 2016 8:47 AM
    I don’t understand how people still don’t understand the play call from the super bowl (passing from the 1). The Seahawks just got stuffed on first down. And they had 1 timeout. The thinking by the Seahawks coaching staff was correct. It was second down. If they run the ball on 2nd down and get stuffed they have to use their timeout. That means third down has to be a pass. That shifts the advantage to the defense if they know it’s going to be a pass. If the scenario played out that way they would be 3rd and goal, no timeouts, and 15 seconds on the clock. Throwing on second down gave them the freedom to run or pass on third down (because of the timeout). Meaning that if it reached 4th down, again they have the freedom to run or pass. The second down pass was the only way to give themselves the run/pass option on both third and 4th down. The play that they called was stupid. But passing in that situation is the right call. Not everything happens in a vacuum. Acting like running the ball was the only play call in that situation is stupid. There is a reason they are coaching professional football and you aren’t. I’m a Patriots fan and I understand this. I can’t believe I have to defend that assclown Pete Carroll but he made the right call, it just wasn’t the best play to run

    Spot on for most of your post but I don’t agree about the call.. You can add to that the fact that Lynch, despite the bromance with that whole Beast Mode Split leg runner nonsense, was ineffective in short & goal situations. The play was a good one, the only problem was Malcolm saw it, reacted and made an amazing play. He could have dropped the ball but he didn’t. He could have stepped back into the end zone and been tackled for a safety, but he didn’t.

    MMQB types always want to second guess when things go wrong.

  44. Before commenting, take the time to watch the press conference…Sherman screwed up and needs to shut up and play football but….the press was unbelievably dense and rude , actually trying to provoke just such a response…what could the press be so upset about ?…..OH, that!

  45. Stanfurd has produced some of the douchiest players and coaches. Dick Sherman and Jim Harbaugh are two of the biggest loudmouthed jerks in all of football at any level. Then there’s the rapist swimmer and the Stanfurd judge who gave him a slap on the wrist.

  46. FYI.

    The reporter Jim Moore is the most down to earth reporter I have listened to on radio espn710 Seattle. I have Sirius and live in California and I still prefer to listen to the Danny, Dave and Moore show. The dude is funny and likes to bet on sports. I love Richard Sherman , but if I had to choose 1 person to follow, I would choose Jim Moore

  47. Jim Moore does an afternoon radio show out here in Seattle…. I nearly p!ssed myself listneing to them laugh about this on my afternoon drive.

    Thanks for the laugh Sherm. Absolutely priceless.

  48. I can’t believe I have to defend that assclown Pete Carroll but he made the right call, it just wasn’t the best play to run
    ===
    It wasn’t the best throw.

    It was a HORRIBLE play call in relation to who it was called to. Ricardo Lockette was mostly a special teamer, and that play was a reminder as to why, he needed to sell out to get to that football, and he didn’t.

    Even if that is your play call, make sure its on Baldwins side, even if Revis was on him.

    And the consensus seemed to be, Belichick would allow Lynch to score on a run the same way Holmgren let TD score in SB XXXII.. for the sake of time, and beacuse they simply weren’t stopping him.

    .. I still say props to Butler. He diagnosed the play and couldn’t have played it any better.

  49. aarons444 says:
    Dec 21, 2016 11:00 AM
    And the consensus seemed to be, Belichick would allow Lynch to score on a run the same way Holmgren let TD score in SB XXXII.. for the sake of time, and beacuse they simply weren’t stopping him.
    ========================

    Must be the consensus in the fact challenged segment of the Seattle fan base. NE had already stopped the run on 1st down and Belichick was letting the clock run down instead of using a timeout to put the pressure on Carroll

  50. tbone4444 says:
    Dec 21, 2016 12:22 AM

    Richard is a misunderstood but good guy and the best CB in the league still. The fact that you are all trolling means we’re still in your heads. Hes just a brash young guy who’s still learning. We’re all good, no reason our dominance doesn’t stretch to another decade
    ******************
    Dick is not now and never has been the best CB in the league. It’s debatable whether he’s even in the top 10. In order to be considered dominant, a team would have to show more than one season of strong play better than others. Exhibit A – New England, now that’s dominant.

  51. Must be the consensus in the fact challenged segment of the Seattle fan base. NE had already stopped the run on 1st down and Belichick was letting the clock run down instead of using a timeout to put the pressure on Carroll
    ===

    The 5 yard run to the 1 yard line?.. I guess that’s a ‘stop’…..

    And didn’t Belichick already make such a move in a Super against the Giants? (Ahmad Bradshaw)

    Lynch scored the Seahawks first td from the 2 yard line. The Patriots weren’t likely to stop a Lynch run at that point. Wilson bailed them out.

  52. I’m a little unclear on where the apology was. Does “regretting” something mean “I apologize?”

    He’s sorry he got knocked down a peg or two (again) by his coach. He should have his hashtag read #petesaysineedtoshutup #icantcontrolmystupidmouth #imsomuchsmarterthaneveryone

  53. aarons444 says:
    Dec 21, 2016 2:27 PM
    Must be the consensus in the fact challenged segment of the Seattle fan base. NE had already stopped the run on 1st down and Belichick was letting the clock run down instead of using a timeout to put the pressure on Carroll
    ===

    The 5 yard run to the 1 yard line?.. I guess that’s a ‘stop’…..

    And didn’t Belichick already make such a move in a Super against the Giants? (Ahmad Bradshaw)

    Lynch scored the Seahawks first td from the 2 yard line. The Patriots weren’t likely to stop a Lynch run at that point. Wilson bailed them out
    =========================

    What happened to the “Belichick would allow Lynch to score on a run…” argument. How very Goodellian. Get bested, move the goalposts.

  54. Sherman’s problem is that he actually believes he went to Stanford based on superior intellect rather than athletic ability. And how many times have I heard the sports media reference how “intelligent” he is?

    He’s not. Truth is he is plain stupid and he proves it time and time again. Taunting penalties, idiotic barely intelligible post-game rant like the one that cowed Erin Andrews, criticizing officials and team mates, undermining his own coaches, etc.

    Carroll is obviously an excellent coach, but he needs to let this clown see how much media attention he gets playing for a team that doesn’t surround him with great play makers.

  55. What happened to the “Belichick would allow Lynch to score on a run…” argument.
    ===

    You tell me?!

    I just gave you 3 reasons why I believe Belichick would have gone with that M.O.

  56. Truth is he is plain stupid and he proves it time and time again. Taunting penalties, idiotic barely intelligible post-game rant like the one that cowed Erin Andrews, criticizing officials and team mates, undermining his own coaches, etc.
    ===

    Name another incident that hurt his team?

    This thing with Bevel was the first episode. He’s not a bad teammate or a problem in that lockerrom. Quite the opposite.

    .. I do understand why people don’t like Sherm, he marches to his own drummer. He’d be hated even more in a bigger NFL city. I can’t even imagine what the New York media would write about him. Dallas. He wouldn’t last a week in Green Bay! Same with Pete Carroll. Same with Beast Mode. But Seattle is a different world.

  57. ibillwt says:
    Dec 21, 2016 9:38 PM
    Sherman’s problem is that he actually believes he went to Stanford based on superior intellect rather than athletic ability. And how many times have I heard the sports media reference how “intelligent” he is?

    He’s not. Truth is he is plain stupid and he proves it time and time again. Taunting penalties, idiotic barely intelligible post-game rant like the one that cowed Erin Andrews, criticizing officials and team mates, undermining his own coaches, etc.

    Carroll is obviously an excellent coach, but he needs to let this clown see how much media attention he gets playing for a team that doesn’t surround him with great play makers.
    ———
    Yawn. Unoriginal racist diatribe because you can’t stand the fact RS is smart AND worth millions at 27.

  58. The end of Sherman’s career is going to be fun. He will be losing a step and getting regularly toasted by even “mediocre” receivers, who will taunt him during and after the game. Then Sherman will be asked over and over about it by the media, who will relish asking him basic questions like “was it hard covering so and so” that are routine questions but in this case will have much hidden payback. Dick, when will you learn what goes round comes around and “your reap what you sow”?

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