It has been six days since Richard Sherman went off on Michael Crabtree moments after the Seahawks defeated the 49ers in the NFC Championship Game. It seems more like six months, what with the nonstop media coverage of what amounted to a 15-second unhinged tirade. (Yes, we know, we're partially to blame for that. It still feels like forever ago.)
In the days since, Sherman explained himself in TheMMQB.com, in press conferences and one-on-one interviews, always returning to this underlying theme: The response, mostly through social media, to his rant has been the biggest shock for the Seahawks' third-year cornerback.
"It was really mind-boggling the way the world reacted," Sherman told CNN's Rachel Nichols.
Last Monday, Sherman explained that while family and friends congratulated him on the victory, "Many of my Twitter mentions were less supportive."
Two days later, he expounded on those sentiments.
"The reason it bothers me is because it seems like it's an accepted way of calling somebody the N-word now," he said. "It's like everybody else said the N-word and then they say 'thug' and that's fine. It kind of takes me aback and it's kind of disappointing because they know."
On Friday, Sherman told Nichols, "I've always been a square, a nerd. Kind of odd, kind of awkward. I still am to this day. People just think I'm a lot cooler 'cause I play football."
Sherman, who grew up in Compton, Calif., and graduated from Stanford, admits that calling out Crabtree "was immature and I probably shouldn't have done that, I regret doing that." But now he's ready to put the incident in the rearview, because, well, there's still one game left on the schedule: Super Bowl XLVIII.
"On the football field, you're still going out to there to win," he said. "And if you're not going out there to win, what are you going out there for?"