They say time heals all wounds. That’s not the case for Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman.
Sherman reconfirmed his dislike for San Francisco 49ers receiver Michael Crabtree Wednesday with another national television rant. The first rant against Crabtree came after the Seahawks beat the 49ers in the NFC Championship Game.
Sherman tipped a pass intended for Crabtree in the end zone in the final seconds of the NFC Championship Game. The tip was intercepted by Seahawks linebacker Malcolm Smith, who woud later become the MVP of the Super Bowl. The play cemented the Seahawks' 23-17 win and sent Seattle to the Super Bowl, which they dominated,43-8, over Denver.
Sherman's tip has become known as the Immaculate Deflection, but his postgame comments to Erin Andrews on the Fox Television broadcast are what most people remember the game for. "I'm the best corner in the game," Sherman screamed. "When you try me with a sorry receiver like Crabtree, that's the result you're going to get. Don't you ever talk about me.”
When Andrews asked him whom he was talking about, he replied, "Crabtree. Don't you open your mouth about the best or I'll shut it for you real quick. L.O.B. [Legion of Boom]."
Sherman continued the rant Wednesday night with more comments about Crabtree during an appearance on an episode of “American Muscle” on the Discovery Channel.
"It's not going to be something that goes away," Sherman said on the show, according to USA Today. "I hope to play [Crabtree] every year for the rest of my career and choke him out. There's not much else I can say about the subject. Nobody will understand it but him and me. That's all that needs to [be understood]."
Sherman’s apparent hatred for Crabtree dates back to a celebrity softball game organized by Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald before the 2013 season, according to most. Both Sherman and Crabtree played in the game.
"It's much more than I don't like the dude," Sherman said on Wednesday's show, according to USA Today. "You know what I'm saying? And I think he's sorry. So it's really what it comes down to. It's just about him. It's just about Crabtree."
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