As has been well-documented, Richard Sherman went a little overboard in his emotional outburst following his teams’ victory over the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship. Yes, Sherman made a great play. Yes, Colin Kaepernick threw it just a tad too short. Yes, the Seattle Seahawks are in the Super Bowl. All this aside, Sherman’s comments–specifically regarding Michael Crabtree were insulting and frankly bothersome to see from such a good player. As I have written about previously, Sherman is too good of a player to make himself look so classless and be such a poor role model. This is why Kaepernick, whose tattoos have received their (un)fair share of criticism, was quite refreshing in his appearance on Mike and Mike Thursday.
When asked about Sherman’s antics, Kaepernick by no means took a back seat. He defended his receiver and essentially gave Sherman a challenge, rather than making an arrogant, selfish statement. He didn’t tear down Sherman, he built up Crabtree. That shows class. To quote Kaepernick:
“If that’s what you need to do to make yourself feel like a better player, you have to tell everyone, ‘I’m the best corner in the league,’ go ahead and tell them . . . Crabtree will step out on the field every time and go out there and he’s gonna go for a hundred half the time. People forget that he went for a hundred on Sherman the year before . . . We’re gonna go out there and play football against you next year.”
This is an excellent response that makes a point without being offensive. Perhaps Sherman can learn. For his sake, I hope so.
Speaking of Kaepernick’s interview. He gave an interview?!? Without Beats headphones on?!? In a suit jacket and turtle neck?!? Who is this? Someone that is trying to be the face of the franchise? It sure looks like it! This new side of Kaepernick could prove quite interesting–and perhaps even make him likeable to those outside of the 49ers’ fan base. His poise speaking a week and a half removed from that bitter loss was impressive as well.