Richard Sherman admitted that his NFC Championship epic postgame rant was “immature” during a CNN “Unguarded” interview with Rachel Nichols on Tuesday.
“I probably shouldn’t have attacked another person,” the Seattle Seahawks cornerback told Nichols. “That was immature and I probably shouldn’t have done that. I regret doing that.”
Sherman shared some background on the rivalry between himself and the San Francisco 49ers Michael Crabtree, saying that the wide receiver was rude to him at a charity event last summer.
“That’s the short version … we’re gonna keep it clean,” Sherman said.
What Sherman mostly “regrets” is the media storm and fan reactions that followed, things that he doesn’t really have any control over. But nonetheless, he feels badly for taking the spotlight away from the accomplishments of his teammates.
“It was really mind-boggling — it was kind of sad — the way the world reacted,” Sherman told Nichols. “I can’t say the world, I don’t want to generalize people like that because there are a lot of great people who didn’t react that way. But for the people who did react that way and throw the racial slurs and things like that out there, it was really sad. Especially that close to Martin Luther King Day.”
“I thought society had moved past that,” Sherman added. “I learned we haven’t come as far as I thought we had.”
Following Seattle’s Sunday victory over San Francisco — in which Sherman made a key play to close out the contest while covering Crabtree — the defensive back went off during a postgame interview with Fox Sports sideline reporter Erin Andrews. She asked him to breakdown the game‘s final play. Instead, Sherman offered this: “Well I’m the best corner in the game,” he told Andrews. “When you try me with a sorry receiver like Crabtree, that’s the result you gonna get. Don’t you ever talk about me!”
A perplexed Andrews asked Sherman, “Who was talking about you?”
“Crabtree!” Sherman yelled. “Don’t you open your mouth about the best. Or I’ma shut it for you real quick. L.O.B.”
The Seattle Seahawks will take on the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII on Sunday, Feb. 2.
Watch the interview: