Richard Sherman traded verbal jabs with ESPN’s Skip Bayless on First Take, declaring that he’s better at life than the outspoken host.
Sherman, a lockdown corner for the Seattle Seahawks, is known for his outspoken nature and Bayless is also known for combative interviews with athletes, so when the two got together on Thursday there was the potential for fireworks.
Sherman lived up to his reputation, coming out swinging at Skip Bayless from the moment the interview began. Initially asking Bayless to address him as an “All-Pro Stanford graduate,” Sherman immediately began to question how important Bayless really was.
“Whenever you refer to me, whenever you speak to me, whenever you address me, address me as All-Pro Stanford graduate because those are some accomplishments you will aspire to but never accomplish,” Sherman shot at Bayless. “You have never accomplished anything.”
After Sherman told Bayless that he “never accomplished anything,” the host of ESPN’s First Take shot back, saying that he’s accomplished more in his field than Sherman has in the NFL.
“I’m the top of my field. I’m All-Pro. I’m one of the best 22 players in the NFL,” Richard Sherman fired back at Bayless. “You’re going to brush it off, but I don’t think you’re the best 22 anything. In sports. In media. In anything. I think you think more of yourself than you actually can prove. I’ll put it like this. In my 24 years of life, I’m better at life than you.”
The arguing didn’t stop there. Sherman proceeded to call Bayless ignorant and egotistical.
“I’m intelligent enough and capable enough to understand that you are ignorant, pompous, egotistical, cretin. I’m going to crush you on here because I’m tired of hearing about it,” Sherman said.
Bayless is known for his clashes with other athletes, including Terrell Suggs and Charles Barkley, but this fight seemed more heated than normal. It finally took Stephan A. Smith to play peacemaker between Richard Sherman and Skip Bayless, asking the two, “Can y’all stop?”