Jan 19, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman (25) gets shoved in the face by San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree (15) while trying to shake hands after an interception by Seahawks outside linebacker Malcolm Smith (not pictured) during the second half of the 2013 NFC Championship football game at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Richard Sherman explains why he went off on Michael Crabtree


After the NFC Championship, Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman set the Internet on fire and got people talking after a wildly candid and intense post-game interview with FOX Sports’ Erin Andrew.

Many wondered what caused Sherman to go off on San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree like he did, so Sherman explained the issue a bit to Michael Silver of the NFL Network and it apparently stemmed from an offseason incident when the two players were at the same charity event.

“Sherman explained that he was angered by something Crabtree had said to him while the two were socializing with other players (including then-49ers receiver Kyle Williams, now with the Kansas City Chiefs) at a function associated with Fitzgerald’s charity softball game in Scottsdale, Ariz., last April,” Silver wrote. “Sherman wouldn’t share specifics, saying only that ‘(Crabtree) said something to me, and I told him I’d make him pay for it on the field.’”

“That’s when the big-time players step up, in big-time situations, and I was able to do it for my team. Once (Crabtree) stuttered, I knew it was coming to him, and I thought, ‘Finally. It’s been long enough… I can’t believe they’d try me. He doesn’t have a chance.’”

With this incident in the books, we can now look forward to Super Bowl Media Day when Sherman and the rest of the outspoken Seahawks will be taking the podium to answer questions.

In the words of former NFL wide receiver Terrell Owens, “get your popcorn ready.”

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