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January 20, 2014 at 12:02 PM

A collection of Richard Sherman controversies

Richard Sherman is not afraid to speak his mind. Because of that, he has created quite the buzz since his career started in 2011. On Sunday night, Sherman was once again popular topic of discussion.

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Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times

Since his interview with FOX’s Erin Andrews after the Seahawks’ win over the 49ers in the NFC Championship Game, some have supported Sherman’s freedom of speech while others have labeled him unprofessional.

No matter what you think about the cornerback, he sure is unique.

Since getting drafted by the Seahawks in 2011, Sherman has had a few high-profile incidents with a few high-profile names. Because quarterbacks try to avoid throwing near him during the game, more attention comes to Sherman off the field than on.

Here are the incidents that have led to Sherman receiving said attention…

Sherman vs. Tom Brady

What happened: During the 2012 meeting between the Patriots and Seahawks, Sherman claimed that Brady told him and safety Earl Thomas to find him after New England won the game. One of the best quarterbacks ever, Brady probably felt confident in saying that.

Well, the Seahawks came back against New England thanks to some Russell Wilson heroics in the fourth quarter and won. Afterward, Sherman found Brady as he was headed to the locker room. The cornerback let the quarterback know he didn’t appreciate his comments during the game. While Brady kept his head down, Sherman kept his mouth open.

Sherman vs. Trent Williams

What happened: The Seahawks traveled east to get a big playoff win over the Washington Redskins last January. Afterward, Sherman found Redskins offensive tackle Trent Williams and wasn’t happy with Williams.

Sherman asked Williams, “Whatcha gonna do, boy?” Williams told Sherman he would punch him, and Sherman told him to do it. Naturally, Williams did.

After the game, Williams apologized and even sent a text to Sherman about the incident. The Redskins tackle was also fined by the NFL for the incident.

Sherman vs. Darrelle Revis

What happened: After last season was over, there was a fairly accepted thought that Sherman and Darrelle Revis were the two best cornerbacks in the NFL. Revis created an island where receivers go to do, well, nothing. Sherman was making waves after the aforementioned incidents, his impressive play, and his willingness to use his freedom of speech.

That led to this Twitter feud between the two top defenders. They compared statistics, followers on the social media site, and Revis even called Sherman a girl. For anyone that loves a good feud on the web, this one had it all.

Sherman vs. Skip Bayless

What happened: Skip Bayless was at the peak of his popularity during the spring of 2013. For some reason everyone had to tune in to hear what he said about LeBron James and whatever else was going on in the sports world.

Bayless believed that Revis was the best cornerback in football last March – he still doesn’t think Sherman is the best in the league. All of the talk on the show about the Seahawks cornerback led to an appearance on ESPN2’s “First Take,” which Bayless stars on with Stephen A. Smith.

Sherman made headlines during his appearance, at one point telling Bayless, “I’m better at life than you.” Bayless, as much as he may annoy people, has had a fairly successful career as a journalist, but Sherman didn’t care – and probably still doesn’t.

Sherman vs. Michael Crabtree 

What happened: Before last night, Sherman hasn’t been heard from too much. There hasn’t been an incident like any on this list where he’s been at the center of any major controversy or argument. The biggest storyline about Sherman has been his stellar play on the field.

Apparently, his beef with 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree started before this season even got under way. Crabtree said something to Sherman this offseason, which the cornerback claims to have used as motivation.

After Sherman tipped a pass from Colin Kaepernick intended for Crabtree that was then intercepted by Malcolm Smith in the closing moments of Sunday’s NFC Championship game, Sherman went straight to Crabtree. He gave the receiver a friendly pat on the bottom and extended his arm as straight as it could to ask for a handshake from Crabtree. Unfortunately, Crabtree didn’t take it well, giving a Heisman-like stiff arm to Sherman’s helmet.

The fun was just starting, though. Sherman called Crabtree a “mediocre receiver” after the game, and then they both took to Twitter to give more thoughts on their altercation and relationship.


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