Seattle Seahawks corner back and football sensation Richard Sherman became an overnight trash talk and Internet sensation with his memorable and frighteningly awkward post-game interview with Erin Andrews, in which he dogged San Francisco wide receiver Michael Crabtree with such vigor it would have done any WWE superstar proud.
But while Richard Sherman was less than gracious in victory, Dutch speed skater Sjinkie Knegt seems to have done one better with his second-place shenanigans this weekend at the ISU European Short Track Championships held in Dresden, Germany. He’s seen giving Russia’s Viktor Ahn both barrels as the two cross the finish line at the end of the 5000-meter relay.
Now, Sherman’s testy tirade was definitely notable, don’t get us wrong. However, there’s something sublime about seeing the adage about actions speaking louder than words play out at considerable speed whilst gliding on metals blades atop a sheen of ice.
That and Richard Sherman probably wouldn’t be able to nail that kicking motion Knegt pulls off after the two-fingered salute. That’s talent.
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, following his team’s defeat at the hands of the Denver Broncos, couldn’t condone Sherman’s actions in victory.
“I don’t know him at all. I’ve watched him play. He’s that kind of guy,” Brady said of Sherman on WEEI Radio in Boston on Monday. “So, you know. I approach the game and I have respect for my opponents. That’s the way our team always plays. We win with graciousness.”
Regarding Richard Sherman’s antics, football fans may not want to let that outburst define him. In addition to being the self-proclaimed best corner in the game, he holds a degree from Stanford. And, in contrast to the Erin Andrews interview, he’s remarkably contemplative and well-spoken. Want proof? Read Richard Sherman’s take on the Richard Sherman situation at Sports Illustrated’s Monday morning Quarterback.
“To those who would call me a thug or worse because I show passion on a football field—don’t judge a person’s character by what they do between the lines. Judge a man by what he does off the field, what he does for his community, what he does for his family.”
“But people find it easy to take shots on Twitter, and to use racial slurs and bullying language far worse than what you’ll see from me. It’s sad and somewhat unbelievable to me that the world is still this way, but it is. I can handle it.”
The Twitter crowd’s choice of words was indeed despicable, chronicled by the folks at Deadspin.
In light of Richard Sherman’s cooler-headed explanation, is this debacle really that big a deal?