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Were Richard Sherman's antics over the line?

by Greg Belfrage

Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman created a stir following the Seahawks defeat of San Francisco Sunday night.

In the final moments of the game, Sherman deflected a pass intended for Michael Crabtree into the air. The deflection allowed Malcolm Smith to make an interception in the end zone and clinch the Seahawks victory.

Sherman went off on Crabtree during a postgame interview with Fox's Erin Andrews. "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!" 

Negative reaction to Sherman's comments was swift and immediate. Many blasted Sherman for being an idiot while others criticized him for a lack of sportsmanship. Sadly, some took to Twitter to blast Sherman in comments laced with profanity and racial slurs.

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll reportedly pulled Sherman aside yesterday and explained how his rant had stolen the spotlight from his teammates.  In a text message to ESPN yesterday afternoon, Sherman apologized for his outburst. 

My initial reaction to Sherman's rant was purely visceral. He struck me as an undisciplined, arrogant loudmouth. 

Admittedly, the interview was minutes after the big play that ended the game. Sherman's emotions were still running at full throttle. His passion is understandable.

But I miss the days when professional athletes showed restraint and class and measured their words. Sherman is a professional. It would be nice if he started acting like one.

Greg Belfrage is heard mornings 6am-9am on KELO Newstalk 1320 AM / 107.9 FM. Greg can be contacted at greg.belfrage@mwcradio.com. You can also follow him on Twitter.