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September 17, 2014 at 2:09 PM

Seahawks Richard Sherman says he didn’t dodge media, doesn’t feel he was exposed

Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman talked to the media before practice today, his first meeting with reporters since it was reported that he did not talk to the media after Sunday’s loss at San Diego.

Sherman, though, disputed that he did not talk to the media, saying that no one approached him during the time he was in the locker room. Sherman dressed and departed quickly but said he would have talked had anyone approached him, which he said no one did.

“I was literally standing in my locker and Earl (Thomas) was being interviewed,” Sherman said.  “When you come off the field, a 120-degree game and the locker room was about 90, you’re probably not going to be standing there waiting for everyone to be done with their interviews so you can go out. Was tired and hot, trying to be cool. But I sat there, though. I was available. … I was standing there but they just happened to be interviewing other people. No one said ‘Hey Sherm.”’

Sherman said one person approached him in a hallway but he assumed it was a fan and not a member of the media.

Sherman also responded to the comments of San Diego receiver Keenan Allen that he had been exposed.

Said Allen, who had five catches for 55 yards, two coming on Sherman: “He’s just a normal guy. We can go at him. We are not going to shy away from him. He’s not really a shutdown corner. We definitely wanted to come out and show we could go anyway we wanted to and that we were in control of the game. Wherever we wanted to go with it, we were going to go with it.’’

Said Sherman on Wednesday: “I thought that was pretty hilarious. You know when a guy wants to get his name in the paper, he has to say something crazy.”

Asked if such comments come with his standing as one of the best-known players in the NFL. Sherman said: “It’s funny. especially when you’ve got little guys like the Chargers guys talking about they exposed something and they had 60 (Eddie Royal with 60) and 50 (Allen with 55) yards. I mean (Antonio) Gates, Hall of Famer, had a fantastic game. And (San Diego QB) Philip (Rivers) had a great game. And the rest of the guys were there. You see stuff like that and it just makes you laugh.”

Asked if some players might prefer to make catches on him than win the game, Sherman said: “That’s what it looked like. It’ll probably be something he will tell his kids about. ‘Remember that one game? Caught a few passes on Richard Sherman. Didn’t score, but I caught a few.”’

Sherman also revealed he had three IVs before, during and after the game to counter the heat.

He said he wouldn’t blame the heat for the team’s play but that “it just changes the dynamics of what your body is able to do physically. You can only do what you can do. Some guys were cramping up and things like that , it’s just part of the game.”

Here’s some video of what Sherman had to say:

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