It was the interview heard ’round the world.
The Seattle Seahawks 23-17 victory over the San Francisco 49ers, which secured the team’s spot in the Super Bowl, was completely overshadowed by Richard Sherman’s post-game chit chat with Erin Andrews.
Sherman sealed the win with an endzone interception, but he exploded in rage when speaking about his fellow opponent, Michael Crabtree.
The clip went viral within hours and Sherman quickly issued an apology for his behavior.
In a text message to EPSN’s Ed Werder, he wrote, “I apologize for attacking an individual and taking the attention away from the fantastic game by my teammates … That was not my intent.”
The Stanford-educated cornerback also penned a blog for Sports Illustrated to explain how his emotions got the best of him.
“It was loud, it was in the moment, and it was just a small part of the person I am. I don’t want to be a villain, because I’m not a villainous person.”
“To those who would call me a thug or worse because I show passion on a football field—don’t judge a person’s character by what they do between the lines,” he continued. “Judge a man by what he does off the field, what he does for his community, what he does for his family.”
As for what appeared to be a befuddled-looking Erin Andrews? She claims she “loved” Sherman’s impromptu outburst.
“Athletes don’t do that. They’re usually composed,” Andrews told For The Win. “They usually take a minute and that’s why we grab them right after games because we hope they lose their minds like that, we hope they show pure joy. We hope he does the same thing at the Super Bowl. We don’t want a watered-down version of him.”
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-Sarah Carroll, 97.1 AMP Radio/Los Angeles