Richard Sherman may have kicked up some controversy with his angry and trash-talking interview after the NFC Championship Game, but the Seattle Seahawks cornerback said in the end it may have actually helped his team.
Speaking at his team’s hotel in New York City on Sunday, Sherman was open about the firestorm that his interview with Erin Andrews caused. In the minute-long interview, Sherman ranted against San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree, calling him “sorry.”
Sherman later apologized, saying that it was just the adrenaline talking.
But with some more time for the dust to settle, Richard Sherman said the interview may have actually done the team some good.
“I definitely think it helped,” Sherman said. “Everybody getting the chance to see the craziness, the tons of media in our press conferences. Things like that definitely can help us get ready and get focused now that we’re here this week.”
“I’m enjoying it, man,” Sherman added. “You’re constantly learning and growing as a person, learning about how the world works and how what you say and do affects people and affects kids, especially. It’s fun to learn new things about people, the bad, the good, and to have that open dialogue.”
But Sherman added that he’s taking away a good lesson from the interview.
“I think you’re always cognizant as a football player that what you say is going to get attention,” Sherman said. “Especially in today’s world, where everybody’s looking for a story. But in the end, it’s all going to come down to who plays the best football on Sunday.”
That lesson is already sinking in. When asked about the Denver Broncos this week, Richard Sherman has been nothing but complimentary of them and wide receiver Demaryius Thomas, calling him one of the top five at his position.