By now we've all seen the now infamous post-game rant/interview that Richard Sherman delivered on national television last night. Since the interview, I've been paying attention to a lot of the commentary about it and I'm baffled by some of the remarks, quite frankly.
- Was he way too amped up? Yes. Although, he did just make the game saving play to send his team to the SB. If Countess made the same play to send us to the NC, I would probably throw my tv into my neighbors yard in celebration. He gets a pass on this one.
- Did he lack humility? Yes. However, so does Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant. When you can walk the walk, you earn the right to talk the talk. Not saying he's the MJ of cornerbacks but he has been consistently playing at a high level.
- Did he scare the piss out of Erin Andrews? Yep. But at least it was funny.
My point is that while he was over the top with his approach, he didn't do anything to deserve to be labeled as a classless thug. He didn't curse, he didn't make personal attacks outside of football and he didn't put his hands on anyone. In other words, he did EXACTLY what we wanted him to do; he gave us quality reality TV. He yelled at the top of his lungs but essentially all he said was "I'm the best in the game, don't throw to my side of the field unless you're throwing to Jerry Rice". Nothing about that statement screams "thug". Of course having grown up on the Eastside of Detroit I'm a little more familiar with actual thugs than most, but I just don't see how he's being labeled as anything other than what he is. He's a very intelligent, Stanford graduate that plays football better than most and will make sure you know that he's better than you. Cocky? Indeed. Classless thug? Don't think so.
What'd you take away from the interview? ******sorry for crappy format, posted from iPhone****