SEATTLE (CBS SEATTLE) — Following the postgame rant from Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman on Sunday night, past scuffles may outline the comments in which Sherman called 49er Michael Crabtree a “sorry receiver.”
Long before Sherman’s comments last night that he is “the best corner in the game,” a report from The Seattle Times points to some off-the-field trash-talking that allegedly occurred at a charity event last summer. According to the report, Sherman has had lingering issues with Crabtree after he went to shake the receiver’s hand and “Crabtree tried to start a fight,” the account from Sherman’s older brother alleges.
“I’m going to make a play and embarrass him,” Sherman vowed that day, according to Jerry Brewer of the Times.
Whether or not Sherman “embarrassed” Crabtree on Sunday can be left up to fan speculation, but the 49ers receiver remained calm in response to the postgame rant, calling Sherman “a TV guy” who simply made “a good play.”
Crabtree’s dismissive demeanor toward the cornerback’s comments may be justified, as the Seahawks will take on Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl to find out if Sherman and the Seahawks truly are “the best.”