Richard Sherman’s apology right thing to do (Opinion)

By Alex Jordan,

On Sunday, the Seattle Seahawks beat the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC championship game to go to the Super Bowl. However people weren’t talking about the Seahawks win after the game on Sunday night and on Monday. Instead, they were talking about Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman.

Sherman went on a rant against 49ers receiver Michael Crabtree in an interview with Fox’s Erin Andrews after the game. In doing so, he became the center of attention, as he was all the media could talk about. The Seahawks should have been the center of attention and not Sherman.

In the interview with Andrews, Sherman said that he’s the best cornerback in the game and called Crabtree a sorry receiver. He also said that Crabtree was talking about Sherman, with Crabtree saying that he is the best. But why did Sherman go on a rant against Crabtree?

“I ran over to Crabtree to shake his hand, but he ignored me. I patted him, stuck out my hand and said, ‘Good game, and good game.’ That’s when he shoved my face, and that’s when I went off” Sherman said about the reason for the rant, according to Fox Sports.

On Monday Sherman apologized for his comments. Sherman did the right thing by apologizing because what he did was inappropriate and unprofessional. He may be the best cornerback in the NFL right now, but calling Crabtree a sorry receiver is just wrong. Sherman was basically degrading Crabtree and made it seem like Crabtree didn’t deserve to play in the NFL. Crabtree is a top 20 receiver and as good a player as Sherman is.

In a Sports Illustrated column, Sherman said that he isn’t a villainous person, and doesn’t want to be known as a villain. While Sherman says that he’s not a villain, the rant made it appear that he is. I think that if he hadn’t apologized then he would be labeled as a villain, and that not what he would want.

Maybe the rant was a result of Sherman’s emotions and he couldn’t help himself. Letting your emotions get the best of you and saying things that you shouldn’t is nothing new in sports. It happens a lot. However, that doesn’t excuse Sherman for what he did. In an interview with CNN, Sherman said that he shouldn’t have attacked Crabtree and that he didn’t mean to attack him.

Sherman’s rant shows how passionate he is for the game of football. However he crossed the line by attacking another player. Apologizing was the right thing to do, otherwise he would be someone who had lost respect from everyone in the NFL community.

image: Wikimedia Commons

 
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