*As football fans gear up to enjoy this year’s Super Bowl, Richard Sherman’s post NFC Championship game rant remains fresh on a lot of minds.
In Sherman’s eyes, his only regret lies in how his rant was covered by the media.
“Mostly I regret the – I guess the storm afterwards. The – you know, the way it was covered, the way it was perceived, and the attention that it took away from the fantastic performances from my teammates, you know,” Sherman shared with Nichols. “I probably shouldn’t have attacked another person. I don’t mean to attack him. And that was immature. And I probably shouldn’t have done that. I regret doing that. But I just felt like my teammates deserved better. And I – you know, I have to apologize to them and I have.”
Sherman’s interview, which aired Friday on “Unguarded With Rachel Nichols,” caps off an active week of coverage surrounding the athlete, whose post-game interview with Erin Andrews went viral soon after it aired last Sunday. Since then, online reaction has been brutal as sports fans flooded Sherman’s twitter page with racially charged comments. Speaking on the feedback, Sherman expressed sadness at the reaction he’s received. On Monday, the day after the championship game, Sherman addressed some of the comments on twitter.
“It was really mind-boggling. And it was kind of – it was kind of sad that the way the world reacted – you know, I can’t say the world. I don’t want to generalize people like that, because there are a lot of great people who didn’t react that way,” he stated. “But for the people who did react that way and throw the racial slurs and things like that out there, it was really sad.”
“Especially that close to Martin Luther King Day. You’re not judging a guy. I’m not out there beating on people or committing crimes or getting arrested or doing anything. I’m playing a football game at a high level. And I got excited. But what I did was within the lines of a football field,” Sherman continued as he touched on his twitter response. “What they did was an actual reality. They showed their true character. Those were real comments, not in a moment, not in a – you know, they had time to think about it. They were sitting at a computer and they expressed themselves in a true way. And I thought society had moved past that.”
To see Nichols’ chat with Sherman on “Unguarded,” check out the video below: