(NEW YORK) — Just one day after making headlines for his post-game comments about an opposing receiver, Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman apologized for the harsh criticism he had of Michael Crabtree following the Seahawks win over San Francisco in the NFC Championship Game on Sunday.
Sherman deflected a potential go-ahead touchdown pass that was intended for Crabtree with 22 seconds remaining. The ball was eventually picked off by Malcolm Smith, sealing Seattle’s win and a trip to the Super Bowl.
In a text message sent to ESPN’s Ed Werder, Sherman said he apologized for “attacking an individual and taking the attention away from the fantastic game by my teammates”. He would later clarify those comments on ESPN Radio’s “SVP and Rusillo” saying that could have “worded things better and could obviously have had a better reaction and done things differently.”
Almost immediately after the final seconds ticked off the clock, Sherman called Crabtree a “mediocre” receiver. The three-year player continued in his postgame press conference that “when you try the best corner in the game with a mediocre receiver, that’s what happens. I appreciate that he knows that now. There has been a lot of talk from him running his mouth about me.”
Sherman has claimed that the issues with Crabtree go back to something that was said face-to-face during the offseason.
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Madison Park, Keith Allen and Andreas Preuss, CNN