For some 49er fans, Richard Sherman still embodies the “Straight Outta Compton,” mentality popularized by Hardcore rappers in the early 90’s. Sherman appears to be a straight to the point, no holds bar person. This leaves fans with the sentiments of either enjoyment or disdain. Publicly, he is been vocal about situations which he feels are wrong. Most recently, he had an outburst on field during a post game interview. He went on a vocal tirade and slammed 49ers player, Michael Crabtree.
Apparently Crabtree is just as vocal as Sherman and expressed some words regarding Sherman’s lack of athletic prowess earlier during the game. Sherman took those words to heart and made it his personal responsibility to prove himself. His vindication came during the 4th quarter of the Seahawks and 49ers game in which Sherman deflected a pass intended for Crabtree. But that wonderful display of athleticism wasn’t enough to suffice Sherman. His personal enjoyment and vindication were demonstrated through an on air tirade against Crabtree. His words left the interviewer and sports fans across the world confused. Many found his sharp tongue too much for television and unsportsmanlike.
Sherman soon after recanted his statements and soothe public opinion of him. “I apologize for attacking an individual and taking the attention away from the fantastic game by my teammates … That was not my intent,” Sherman said Monday in a text message to ESPN’s Ed Werder.
His apology for some may be enough to throw caution to the wind and proclaim it as part of the competitive energy that comes with professional sports. While others may never forget what he said or did. Either way, Sherman will surely have more eyes on him than ever before during the February 2 Super bowl game against the Denver Broncos. Hopefully, he will live up to the hype surrounding his name that he has caused. If not, maybe Crabtree will end up with the last laugh.