SHERMAN VS. CRABTREE: The Tale of the Tape

Published on January 24, 2014

A new video just released by the NFL is shedding new light on the exchange between 49er’s wide receiver, Michael Crabtree, and Seahawks cornerback, Richard Sherman.  The clip, (‘Sound FX’: Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman and San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree clash), shows Sherman making the pivotal play to seal the game, celebrating with his team mates, and then running across the field to Crabtree, hand outstretched for a handshake.  He says, “Hell of a game, Hell of a game,” when Crabtree responds with a shove to the facemask, pushing him away.

Moments later, the infamous interview with Erin Andrews shows an obviously irritated Richard Sherman calling out Crabtree as “mediocre” and “sorry” and threatening to “shut his mouth” if he talks about him again.  The clip also shows Sherman exchanging hugs and handshakes with 49ers wide receiver Quinton Patton (#11) and running back LaMichael James (#23).  He tells James that he hopes 49ers linebacker, NaVorro Bowman, is not hurt bad and that he wishes him well.  Bowman left the game after an excruciating knee injury.

Sherman has received support and encouragement from an array of people ranging from Lebron James and Hank Aaron to former Representative Allen West (R-Florida) and Clash Daily’s own John Kirkwood.  Kirkwood, a Pastor from Illinois penned a sweeping defense of Sherman in a piece that asked for moderation and perspective regarding Sherman and named the NFL commissioner, Roger Goodell – “the league’s biggest thug.” (READ HERE: NFL’s BIGGEST THUG)

“I was responding to all the over-the-top outrage of this “class-less” act,” said Kirkwood.  “Was it as bad as people were making it?  I don’t think it’s even in the same galactic cluster as taking a selfie at Nelson Mandela’s funeral or fundraising with Jay-Z and Beyoncé hours after your Ambassador has been pole raped and strangled.  I reserve my outrage for things that actually deserve it.  Sherman will grow from this, he’s still a kid and he’s got a good head on his shoulders and all the right support in place from a great family to a fine coaching staff; I’m less hopeful of those that are running and ruining our country.”