Following the Seattle Seahawks win over the Washington Redskins on Wildcard Weekend, there was an incident between Seahawks All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman and Redskins offensive lineman Trent Williams. At first glance, it appeared that Sherman was instigating Williams and it resulted in a punch to the face from the Redskins lineman.
However, that is not what the cameras from the FOX affiliate in Seattle captured on film.
USA Today passed along a video that showed a different angle of the mid-field altercation and it shows Sherman in a different light. Sherman was congratulating people on the field before Williams creeped up behind him and began to stare.
Sherman turned to Williams and said, “What you gon’ do, boy?”
With a quick response, Williams said, ”I’m gonna punch you in yo’ [expletive] face.”
“Go on and do it then, boy,” Sherman answered.
Williams then delivered a shot to Sherman’s face and the All-Pro corner then backed away with his hands in the air laughing. Redskins players tried to get involved but Sherman explained he did nothing wrong — and he didn’t.
Here is video of the incident:
The video also shows Sherman joking around with Robert Griffin III about “spurning” Sherman and the Stanford Cardinal in college. Griffin had considered joining Stanford, but decided he wanted to run his own offense instead of run a dual-quarterback system with Andrew Luck.
One thing this video does show is that Sherman may not deserve the bad rap that he always gets. He is an emotional player and does his best to get under the skin of his opponents, but this was not a case of Sherman deserving what he got.