Erin Andrews: Richard Sherman's post-game rant was 'awesome'

The Seattle Seahawks cornerback's passionate post-game interview with Erin Andrews went viral after his team's victory on Sunday.
Posted By Kate Stanton  |  Jan. 20, 2014 at 6:32 PM
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Jan. 20 (UPI) -- Sports fans have gone crazy over Richard Sherman's fiery post-game interview with Fox Sports reporter Erin Andrews, in which the Seattle Seahawks cornerback ripped into San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree. Sherman had tipped Colin Kaepernick's attempted pass to Crabtree, a pivotal part of the Seahawks' 23-17 win.

“Well I’m the best corner in the game,” Sherman said when Andrews asked him about the play. “When you try me with a sorry receiver like Crabtree, that’s the result you gonna get. Don’t you ever talk about me!"

Andrews asked him who he was talking about.

“Crabtree. Don’t you open your mouth about the best, or I’ll shut it for you real quick.

Social media immediately erupted over the interview, with many critics chastising Sherman for unsportsmanlike conduct.

Andrews, who will only benefit from Sherman's frankness, defended the cornerback's emotional response to the victory.

“You expect these guys to play like maniacs and animals for 60 minutes,” she told USA Today. “And then 90 seconds after he makes a career-defining, game-changing play, I’m gonna be mad because he’s not giving me a cliché answer, ‘That’s what Seahawks football is all about and that’s what we came to do and we practice for those situations.’ No you don’t. That was awesome. That was so awesome. And I loved it.”

“I don’t want this to look like I was upset with him, I was frightened, I felt threatened, we all like Richard Sherman a lot at Fox,” Andrews said. “At that moment I saw how crazy it was going to blow up, and I wanted to make sure people knew it wasn’t a situation where I’m a victim and he acted like an idiot.”

"Richard Sherman gave a candid response seconds after an emotional game..looking forward to a great Super Bowl matchup," she tweeted Sunday.

Crabtree was less pleased:

[USA Today, The Wrap]

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