Outspoken Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman had to be restrained Monday afternoon, following a verbal assault on a local newspaper displaying early Vegas odds showing the Denver Broncos as slight Super Bowl favorites.
Sherman, calling the Ballard News-Tribune “crazy” and “one of the most mediocre publications,” went on to say the Seahawks are “the best in the game” and “when you open your mouth to the best, I’m gonna shut it.”
Late Monday night he issued an apology.
“Obviously I could have worded things better and could obviously have had a better reaction and done things differently,” he said in the interview. “But it is what it is now, and people’s reactions are what they are.”
Despite the apology, Sherman continued his tirade on Twitter, stating the newspaper “isn’t even a top 20 publication nationally.” And: “If states had to choose a newspaper, none of them would choose the Ballard News-Tribune.”
Seattle coach Pete Carroll defended his two time All-Pro.
“He’s a player filled with passion. Sometimes it manifests itself in a way that isn’t ideal, but we’ve talked about it and cleared the air about certain things.”
Some have rumored that the feud may have started during the preseason when the newspaper published the scores of the Seahawks three losses. Sherman declined to elaborate.
“They know what they printed,” claims Sherman. “And they know I’m gonna continue to be tough on them the rest of their existence.”
When reached for comment, the Ballard News-Tribune declined comment, only to say Sherman is “batshit crazy,” and,
“we’re [just] a newspaper.”
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