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Seahawks CB Richard Sherman: ‘I don’t want to be a villain’

01.20.14 at 2:09 pm ET

After Richard Sherman‘€™s postgame comments on Sunday, which included calling 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree a “sorry receiver,” Sherman penned a response for the MMQB website on Monday.

“€œI ran over to Crabtree to shake his hand but he ignored me,”€ Sherman wrote. “I patted him, stuck out my hand said, ‘€˜Good game, good game.’€™ That’€™s when he shoved my face, and that’€™s when I went off.

“I threw a choking sign at 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Why? Because he decided he was going to try the guy he was avoiding all game, because, I don’t know, he’s probably not paying attention for the game-winning play. C’mon, you’re better than that.

Erin Andrews interviewed me after the game and I yelled what was obvious: If you put a subpar player across from a great one, most of the time you’€™re going to get one result.”

Sherman went on to say that he dislikes Crabtree for something he said to him during the offseason in Arizona. Sherman did not go into detail as to what was said.

“A lot of what I said to Andrews was adrenaline talking, and some of that was Crabtree. I just don’t like him.

“€œIt was loud, it was in the moment, and it was just a small part of the person I am,”€ Sherman wrote. “€œI don’€™t want to be a villain, because I’€™m not a villainous person.”

“To those who would call me a thug or worse because I show passion on a football field — don’€™t judge a person’€™s character by what they do between the lines. Judge a man by what he does off the field, what he does for his community, what he does for his family.

“But people find it easy to take shots on Twitter, and to use racial slurs and bullying language far worse than what you’ll see from me. It’s sad and somewhat unbelievable to me that the world is still this way, but it is. I can handle it.”

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