Richard Sherman a big tipper, but he’s a loose-lipper
BY MARK POTASH Staff Reporter January 19, 2014 10:17PM
Updated: January 20, 2014 12:22AM
SEATTLE — For Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman, it was personal. It usually is.
Upset over a perceived slight by 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree earlier in the week, he taunted, mocked and publicly ripped Crabtree as a ‘‘sorry’’ receiver in interviews after the Seahawks’ 23-17 victory over the 49ers in the NFC Championship Game.
Sherman, who tipped the pass intended for Crabtree in the end zone that led to the interception that clinched the game, ran over to Crabtree, slapped him on the butt and taunted him as he walked off the field. Crabtree responded by shoving Sherman in his facemask. Sherman also gave the 49ers the choke sign.
He then ripped Crabtree in a postgame interview with Fox’s Erin Andrews — ‘‘I’m the best corner in the game. When you try a sorry receiver like Crabtree, that’s the result you get. Don’t you ever talk about me like that.’’ — and reiterated the tirade in his media interview afterward.
‘‘I was making sure everyone knew Crabtree was a mediocre receiver,” Sherman said. “And when you try the best corner in the game with a mediocre receiver, that’s what happens. There has been a lot of talk from him running his mouth about me.”
Apparently, Crabtree’s offense was not bowing at the feet of Sherman. Asked if Sherman was the best cornerback in the league last week, he basically said he didn’t know who the best cornerback was, that he plays against teams, not individuals.
‘‘I ain’t getting into that,’’ Crabtree said. ‘‘He knows what time it is. When we’re on the field, he isn’t doing nothing. That’s one play. He knows. He’s a TV guy. I’m not a TV guy. I play ball. He makes one play and talks. Good play.’’
Crabtree had four receptions for 52 yards. Sherman had a holding penalty, two assisted tackles and that one pass breakup.
Quarterback Colin Kaepernick of the 49ers took the blame after losing a fumble and throwing two interceptions in the fourth quarter.
‘‘I didn’t play good enough to win,’’ he said. ‘‘I turned the ball over three times. I cost us the game.’’