Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman and 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree don't like each other. Reportedly, it started last summer in Arizona when Crabtree tried to start a fight with Sherman at a charity event hosted by Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald.
Moments after Seattle beat San Francisco in the NFC Championship game, we saw just how intense Sherman's distaste was for Crabtree. In the days since, everybody -- from Pete Carroll to Tom Brady to John Madden -- has weighed in, and Sherman even apologized.
But Wednesday night, NFL Films showed a much different Sherman, who was mic'd up during the game. With seconds left in the fourth quarter, he made the game-saving tip in the end zone on a ball intended for Crabtree that was intercepted by Malcolm Smith. Moments later, Sherman found Crabtree and said, "Hell of a game. Hell of a game," while extending his hand.
Here was Crabtree's response:
Reality squares with Sherman's account, which he wrote about Monday for TheMMQB.com:
"I ran over to Crabtree to shake his hand but he ignored me. I patted him, stuck out my hand and said, 'Good game, good game.' That's when he shoved my face, and that's when I went off," Sherman said.
"Going off" not only manifested itself in that postgame rant, but before that, too.
"I threw a choking sign at 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick," Sherman continued. "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."
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