Posted January 23, 2014

Richard Sherman and Michael Crabtree Mic’d Up During NFC Championship Game

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By now anything and everything has been said and written about Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman’s controversial post-NFC championship game interview with Erin Andrews. But fortunately we have a bit of new insight into the situation, thanks to the above video by NFL Films in which both Sherman and Crabtree were mic’d up (also, many props to the producer who had the foresight to get sound on both these players before the game).

The most telling tidbit occurs immediately after Sherman’s tipped the pass that resulted in an interception to send the Seahawks to the Super Bowl. While many have been piling on Sherman for having poor sportsmanship, his first impulse after making the play of his life was to attempt to shake Crabtree’s hand while saying “Hell of a game! Hell of a game!” Crabtree shoves Sherman’s helmet, which honestly is forgivable given the heightened emotions surrounding the situation, but this reaction perhaps gives us some idea of why the cornerback was a little more fired up when he was interviewed immediately after the game.

GALLERY: Richard Sherman and Michael Crabtree at the charity event in Arizona where the feud started

114 comments
6thaveraisedme
6thaveraisedme

Funny thing is the guy is a Stanford graduate and more educated than the people calling him a "thug" for being hyped up about going to the super bowl

BarrySoetoro
BarrySoetoro

Does sherman prefer to be called a THUGGER or a THUGGA ???

x72
x72

Manning = all class

Sherman = dumb thug

purplereigning
purplereigning

Let's see..."he's an awful person"...aaaaaaand you know this based on what? His post-game rant? Anybody who thinks they know what kind of person he is, sounds foolish. The ONLY thing you know is, what kind of ACT it was, and what kind of player he is. You have NO IDEA what kind of person he is any more than you know who PEYTON MANNING is. Period.

DonTheGreen
DonTheGreen

A few reporters have made comments that they like the "real" thoughts and emotions that Sherman shows.  I was not a 'Hawks fan, or a Sherman fan, and I hated his post-game rant, but I have to like the fact he showed it all without trying to compose it.  He's a heck of a player, and worked hard to get where he is.  Embarrassed, I am sure, but we got the real deal.  Kinda refreshing.  I like Sherman, now.  


thetruth905
thetruth905

So all of you defending Sherman and saying he was being sincere... do you think if Crabtree had of made the catch over Sherman, won the game and done the exact same thing to Sherman, he would have stared back at him, said "Yeah man, Helluva game" and shook his hand? He would have at minimum done the exact same thing back to Crabtree and looking at his reaction and "thug life" mentality afterwards probably a lot worse.


Get you heads out of your a**es.  It was a classless act by a guy who wants to make the entire world believe that he is genuine person.  Humility goes a long way in life, but I guess they dont teach that on the streets of Compton or in the halls of Stanford.

Go_Niners!
Go_Niners!

Is anyone shocked that Sherman acted like a classless punk?  He can play, sure, but he's an awful person.

Dean9
Dean9

Lots of sports fan who can't swing a bat to hit a barn commenting.  It is very common to be mortal enemies at one moment then say hell of a game.  Why are you all missing that Sherman TALKED after Crabtree put his hands on him.  Crabtree TOUCHED Sherman maliciously but Sherman talked tough so bad Sherman...bad Sherman.  How dare you talk trash about a guy that just put his hands on you.   Maybe some of the cowards on here think it is perfectly acceptable to let something like assault go without a reaction.  

Serena
Serena

Was pure taunting nothing genuine about wishing Crabtree a good game he was taking a shot at him no more no less

MrArlington
MrArlington

That there are actually people dense enough to think that Sherman was being sincere in proclaiming "helluva game" to Crabtree is astounding. The guys schtick  is to be an

a​ss to opponents and this is no different. I am fine with boorish behavior but at least accept it and don't play it off like it is a big misunderstanding.

kkingbrian
kkingbrian

This is the worst 'mic'd up' ever created.  

dpfarz
dpfarz

Sherman was true to what he said that he said. Question is was he just being a good competitive sport in saying that or was there some sarcasm to taunt Crabtree? I think he was just saying good game. No bad intent to it

friendly--neighborhood--scrawler
friendly--neighborhood--scrawler

like i said earlier.... The same interview , with Brett Farve.... responds .. that country boy is fired up ... WOOOOOOO  "now thats passion..." the word dangerous would  NOT even cross anyones lips... am i missing something here?


“I saw a train coming down the tracks,” said Fox Sports producer Richie Zyontz

No Richie all you saw was a black man with dreads , shouting  minutes after making the greatest play of his career....nothing more !!!  try increasing your circle of friends maybe your views would not be so narrow minded

Also if fox had competent reporters maybe that would have turned into a great interview... 

dont speak to players if you dont want them to actually SPEAK..

riley8
riley8

class act

  1. 1.a person or thing displaying impressive and stylish excellence.

beast
beast

Sherman merely raised his voice. He said nothing offensive. 


The overreaction to Sherman is another symptom of a society that has embraced the practice of public participation in the hypocrisy known as Political Correctness. Political Correctness says that you can be a flawed as you want in your private life; you can be Sean Penn beating women, doing coke but in public you act perfect. Support a charity and conform to Liberal ideology.  

JoePnw
JoePnw

What's funnny is something very similar happened in ATL last year. Rodney White made a very good play and scored. He ran about 10 yards into Shermans face to talk trash. Sherman gave him a little golf clap, not a push to the face.

ChadCollins
ChadCollins

The media is ridiculous.  We didnt have this nonsense in the 80s and early 90s.  What a joke

spaul
spaul

How's that for biased writing...it's clear he actually said "How's Dat? How's Dat?"

Rather than celebrate a victory, the "thug" runs after Crabtree to taunt him.


Nothing new...he did this after every win. He went after Brees last week, Brady earlier in the year.

swidt
swidt

Yeah, I'm yet to hear the "mic'd up" clip from when Sherman is grabbing his throat and making the choking sign.  -Anyone heard that?  This whitewashing of Sherman's behavior after that play (for which he was immediately flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct) is getting absurd.

TonySooners
TonySooners

This is an even series between two great teams that will most likely continue for the next several years.  Mainly due to each team's good financial status and youthful stars filling both sides.  Playing at home seems to be the deciding factor (or at least gives a much greater advantage) in who wins this game.  Sherman ran after Crabtree and sought him out (the video clearly shows this) after he was walking away, and sarcastically said good game.  If you really think it was a genuine offer at a handshake, you've got to be kidding me.  Crabtree will get his chance for redemption, I think that is a pretty safe bet.

Zeshan
Zeshan

"Helluva game"?! My gawd, that man's worse than Hitler.

JackHoff
JackHoff

Wouldn't be surprised if this guy's the next Aaron Hernandez.

Serena
Serena

@JoePnw Did White's play lead to the Falcons going to the SB?

to compare the two is to compare apples to bowlingballs

jb22
jb22

@spaul it's only clear that he said that to you because that's what you want to hear.  Try listening without bias and you'll hear what the rest of the world hears.  And I don't like either team.

JackHoff
JackHoff

@spaul Nothing but a thug. Even fox sports had to end the interview for what they deemed to be dangerous behavior.

el80ne
el80ne

@swidt Are you aware that happened AFTER Crabtree set him off by being such a poor sport?

jordanN
jordanN

@TonySoonersHaving the refs in your pocket helps, too. And no, I'm not a San Fran fan, in fact I don't really like either team, but there were some blatantly bad calls in that game.

el80ne
el80ne

@TonySooners You can tell it was genuine. If Crabtree had shook it that would have been that. But instead Crabtree had to be a poor loser and shove his helmet. The video doesn't lie. Crabtree brought it on himself.

Zeshan
Zeshan

Worse than if Hitler and Stalin had a love child and called it "Hitlin". Sherm is worse than Hitlin.

Dean9
Dean9

@JackHoff do you know anything about this guy?  Finished 2nd in his High School class,  Qualified for Stanford which means you have some smarts, He's getting his master's degree at Stanford also. And get this....your "Thug" has no criminal record.

EJ1
EJ1

@JackHoff Calling you a moron would be giving you too much credit.

Dean9
Dean9

@djm4672  fake hustle?  Do you know what you are talking about?  How do you fluke out a tip when you are doing it on purpose.  It's not like it bounced off his helmet.  Sherman knows exactly what he can do as probably most NFL players do.  Watch some vintage Deion and maybe you'll learn what I'm talking about.  He was in position to block a pass to Crabtree.  He is a 6'3" corner.  He doesn't have to blanket players to be in position because he doesn't have the same height and reach restrictions of the smaller corners. 

georgw_baxter
georgw_baxter

@Serena @JoePnw No not a Super Bowl but it did take the falcons to the NFC championship game so how about you stop acting like a classless whiners fan 

Dean9
Dean9

@JackHoff if you ever meet a real thug...you better hope all he does is trash talk you after you put your hands on him.  Most likely a real thug is going to put you in the hospital if you are lucky.  Stop trying to make a guy who gave a heated interview into some sort of deadly gang banger.   

WilliamCross
WilliamCross

Poor sport? He was halfway back to his bench, minding his own business, when sherm ran him down to "congratulate" him on a "helluva game". Now, given his post game rant about mr. crabtree's abilities, why would we believe he was sincere? He's just a loudmouth who's been smart to avoid steve smith and andre johnson with his nonsense.

swidt
swidt

@EJ1 @WilliamCross He's was flagged immediately after making the choking sign.  (Which is hard to know at this point because almost every web video leaves that part out).  -But you would actually need reading comprehension to understand that.

swidt
swidt

@EJ1 @WilliamCross He's flagged immediately after making the choke sign.  (Though it's hard to know that now because that act is missing from almost every web video now being posted).

Dean9
Dean9

@Snow_Veil @WilliamCross do you guys have any experience in teams sports?  It was common for me to jaw with the guy I was playing and at the end say "good game".  Sure that doesn't happen when you play the game in Madden but it is fairly typical in football.  

EJ1
EJ1

@WilliamCross It was immediately, as in 5 seconds after the play.  IN THE END ZONE.  But you'd actually have to have eyes and a clue to know that.

Snow_Veil
Snow_Veil

@WilliamCross Not only that, but they'd already had some exchanges leading up to the game. They simply don't like each other. Anyone who can believe that Sherm was trying to be a good sport is either optimistic to a fault or doesn't know anything about the relationship between these teams and players. 


Crabtree was walking away, beaten. The only acceptable thing for Sherm to do in that situation was to let him go. Anything else would and should be taken as mockery.