Seattle Seahawks’ cornerback Richard Sherman made national headlines Tuesday when he had a less than pleasant exchange with a reporter at his press conference.
Sherman told 710 ESPN Seattle’s Jim Moore “I’ll ruin your career,” after Moore asked him questions about the exchange Sherman had with head coach Pete Carroll on Thursday night.
During that Seahawks win over the Los Angeles Rams, Sherman went on a tirade at Carroll after they decided to throw the ball from the 1-yard line, and the pass was nearly intercepted. The cornerback said after the game that he thought he had a right to question the play-calling, since they are all in it together.
When Sherman became available to the media for the first time since that game on Tuesday, many questions were thrown his way about that incident, and not just by Moore.
Moore joined Bickley and Marotta on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM Wednesday and said he was surprised by the outburst.
“I think a lot of us, or I did anyway, expected (Sherman) to be contrite and maybe apologetic, or at least say he regretted what he said a little bit. But it was completely the opposite. He didn’t feel that way at all,” Moore said.
“I heard some people saying that we asked him the same question in different ways, and perhaps that’s true. It’s just that it was just so odd.”
As Sherman was walking away from the press conference, he told Moore that he’d ruin his career by revoking his credential.
The Seahawk later tweeted out an apology, and said that he didn’t have control over credentials like he promised.
Moore said the thing that bothered him the most about the whole situation was the fact that Sherman told ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith that he knows what kind of reporter Moore is, and that he “was trying to antagonize him.”
“It was him going at one particular reporter who he has experiences with, who he believes is more interested in soundbites than good journalism,” Smith echoed on what Sherman told him. “He felt like the guy was looking for a soundbite and was trying to antagonize him as opposed to somebody that was interested in good journalism.”
Moore insisted this was “a non-story” and that it won’t affect the Seahawks at all in their preparation for the Cardinals on Saturday, but did think this is a result of something that happened years ago.
“I guess the Super Bowl from two years ago is still lingering in the minds of some of the players in the locker room.”