The Erin Andrews interview of Richard Sherman after the Seattle Seahawks clinched the NFC Conference title against the San Francisco 49ers to advance to the Super Bowl, will go down as one of the most unusual post game rants ever.
When Andrews innocently asked a fired up Sherman to walk her through his tip of Colin Kaepernick’s deep pass to the end zone — which ended San Francisco’s bid for the Super Bowl — he went off in the rant heard ’round the world.
Apparetly, Richard Sherman and Michael Crabtree — the intended receiver of Kaepernick’s pass — have a history and just don’t like each other.
So in the completely off the mark infamous response to Erin Andrews question, Richard Sherman angrily yelled:
“I’m the best corner in the game. When you try me with a sorry receiver like Crabtree, that’s the result you gonna get. Don’t you ever talk about me (…) Don’t you open your mouth about the best or I’m gonna shut it for you real quick.”
Many criticized Erin Andrews’ handling of the sidelines interview, but the Fox reporter has defended herself:
“It’s about the real emotion and it’s about these guys working their whole lives for something. You want to see what they’re feeling on the inside when they have an event like this happen and (Sherman) did. I praise him for it. I’m not mad at him for it, he didn’t do anything wrong.”
Not many outside Seattle knew who Richard Sherman was, prior to the Erin Andrews interview, which went viral and was the top news on the following Monday and for the days before Super Bowl XLVIII.
Further explaining her handling of the interview, Andrews added:
“I don’t really know how many (reporters) have been in those positions. I think the second that it happened I knew it was going to be a big story just because you don’t see athletes react like that every often. I think that’s why it went so viral and so crazy because we haven’t see that kind of stuff.”
Veteran sports announcer Kevin Harlan was one of those criticizing how Erin Andrews, calling her reaction to Sherman’s yelling “drama queenish.”
But the 35-year-old popular sportscaster wasn’t fazed:
“I thought it was very unfortunate what he said, especially because I’ve heard he has a daughter in this industry. I don’t really feel like the criticism has really been there. I feel like it’s just people trying to make comments to be heard. I would love somebody to tell me what else I could have done differently. The only thing that matters to me is what (Fox Sports president) Eric Shanks said, what our producer Richie (Zyontz) said and what (announcers) Troy (Aikman) and Joe (Buck) think, and I’ve gotten their approval. I feel like those are the best football minds in the business and that’s what I care about.”
Unfortunately, due to the fact that Richard Sherman was carried off the field after he suffered an ankle injury, many were left wondering what part two of an Erin Andrews interview of Richard Sherman would have looked like.
However, in a pre-game piece, Andrews showed her previously recorded talk with the now very famous Sherman and asked him if he would take back anything from the original sidelines interview, Sherman said:
“Just the way I attacked (Crabtree). That was uncalled for.” Sherman explained saying “my energy, my passion” for doing “something you’ve dreamed about since you were a little kid” to defend his angry rant.
Richard Sherman further told Erin Andrews he is “appreciative of the tremendous support” of his fans, he stated, but added he was “sad” about those who criticized him because “their minds were so closed off. They were so quick to judge, as if I’d made some egregious error or mistake.”