SEATTLE -- Richard Sherman has been the most talked about player in the NFL this week because of his comments following the NFC Championship game and now the Seahawks cornerback says there isn't much about the incident that he regrets.
Immediately following the NFC Championship game, Sherman spoke with Fox reporter Erin Andrews. During that interview Sherman began yelling about 49er Michael Crabree and called him "a sorry" receiver.
Now, Sherman says his biggest regret is that his comments took away from the team and his teammates accomplishments to clinch a Super Bowl berth.
Sherman said, "There isn’t much of that I regret. Mostly I regret the storm afterwards. The way it was covered, the way it was perceived and the attention it took away from the fantastic performances by my teammates. That would be the only part of it I regret. The way it was covered."
Sherman went on to say that he is a competitor and the Richard Sherman on the field is different from the guy off the field.
Sherman said, “If you catch me in a moment on the field when I am still in that zone, when I am still as competitive as I can be and I’m trying to be in a place where I have to be to do everything I can to be successful on the football field and help my team win, then it’s not going to come out as articulate, as smart, as charismatic, because on the field I’m not all those things. I am everything I need to be to be a winner.”
Immediately following the live interview, many people commented about Sherman on Twitter, calling him a 'thug' and 'monkey.' He says there is no defending those racist remarks.
Sherman said, “What I did was within the lines of a football field. What they did was in actual reality. They showed their true character. They had time to think about it. They were sitting at a computer. They expressed themselves in a true way, and I thought society had moved past that.”
Sherman wouldn't say much about his past with Crabtree. He said the two got into a heated exchange at a charity event during the offseason and that's what sparked his rant.
“I told him. I said I will keep it on the field. I will show him on the field," Sherman said. "That’s always been my thing. Everybody says, oh, he pushes you in the face. Doing this, doing that. I’m not going to fight anyone. Embarrass my family. Embarrass myself or anything like that. There’s no need for that. There’s no need for that. There’s no need to be that kind of barbaric human being. But on the field we are playing a very barbaric sport.”