Trash talking stole some of the spotlight from the Seattle Seahawks’ 23-17 win over the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday. Seattle defensive back Richard Sherman deflected a pass that led to a game-winning interception and proceeded to slap the rear of Michael Crabtree, the intended receiver, and jawed in his face.
His postgame interview with Fox Sports’ Erin Andrews proceeded to blow up Twitter and social media with fan reactions. Some of it funny and some of it mean-spirited.
“I’m the best corner in the game and when you try me with a sorry receiver like Crabtree, that’s the result you’re gonna get,” Sherman yelled. “Don’t you ever talk about me.”
"Don’t you ever open your mouth about the best or I’m [going] to shut it for you.”
Opinions have been had by many. Former Panthers’ offensive lineman Frank Garcia enjoyed it.
“When you go out there and you back things up, that’s a right that you earn,” Garcia said. "We want these athletes to be raw and we want them to be real but when they give their opinion we hold them to a different standard and that’s not fair at all.”
Confidence is a part of sports – whether or not Sherman was being confident, or just cocky, is up for discussion.
“Not everybody liked Muhammad Ali,” Garcia said. “But he was good at what he did and he told you that what he did and how good he was going to be and he backed it up. So, it’s just being yourself. Again, you’re not always going to have the popular opinion and not everybody is always going to like you and you have to learn to deal with that.”
Everyone has a different personality. It’s possible that being outspoken and loud is what Sherman needs to motivate himself on the field. Whatever his motivation is, be it backing up his trash talking, a new contract or just being the best he can – it seems to be working.
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