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article imageNFC win overshadowed by awkward postgame interview

By Sylvannia Soulet     Jan 26, 2014 in Sports
Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman lets out an explosive tirade following their win over the San Francisco 49ers.
It was the rant heard 'round the world.
On January 19, in a close game between the Seattle Seahawks and the San Francisco 49ers, cornerback Richard Sherman pulled off a last-minute interception that earned the Seattle Seahawks the NFC Championship, securing his team a spot in the Super Bowl.
But it is what happened after the game that really turned a lot of heads. Fresh off the high of his game-winning play, Sherman was pulled aside by Fox correspondent Erin Andrews, only to give the most incoherent, testosterone-fueled post-game interview of recent memory.
“Well I’m the best corner in the game. When you try me with a sorry receiver like Crabtree, that’s the result you gonna get. Don’t you ever talk about me!” yelled Sherman, referring to Michael Crabtree, a player with whom Sherman had a minor altercation following the Seahawks’ win.
It was a brief and bewildering interview, but the clip went viral, with views on Youtube totalling over 2 million at the time of this publication.
The feud continued even off the football field, with both Sherman and Crabtree taking to Twitter to call out the other player.
“Film don’t lie,” tweeted Crabtree. “Pull up the tape of that game and show me where this guy is the best?”
Sherman responded with a tweet of his own: “A lion doesn't concern himself with the opinions of a sheep.”
The rant has evoked an overwhelming response from the Internet, both positive and negative, but Sherman took to task those who lambasted him with racially-charged criticism on the eve of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday.
“People find it easy to take shots on Twitter, and to use racial slurs and bullying language far worse than what you’ll see from me,” he wrote on MMQB. "It’s sad and somewhat unbelievable to me that the world is still this way, but it is. I can handle it.”
Sherman has since apologized through ESPN for taking the attention away from the rest of his teammates, but the cornerback still looks to capitalize on his 15 seconds of fame.
According to CNNMoney, Sherman — who has already landed endorsements for Nike and Beats by Dr. Dre and commands an NFL salary of $500,000 — can expect several more deals to surface in the future, all thanks to his rant.
I think that he's more likeable," says Jamie Fritz, Sherman’s manager. "People love this. The brand managers love this."
The Super Bowl will take place on February 2.
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