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Sherman`s postgame interview causes controversy

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Tens of millions of Americans, whether they follow football or not, spent part of their Monday talking about a relatively obscure player from the Seattle Seahawks, Richard Sherman.

Sherman is a defensive player who made a great play in a Sunday's game, a play that clinched the victory and sent the Seahawks to the Super Bowl.

In the game's final seconds, the opposing quarterback threw the ball to the player Sherman was defending.

As the ball came down for a possible game-winning touchdown, Sherman twisted his body and put his arm way up high to prevent knock the ball away from the receiver.

He tipped it to a teammate, and the Seahawks won.

Four minutes later, Sherman did an on-field interview.

Erin Andrews from FOX Sports was asking the questions.

Sherman looked at the camera and had a message directly for the losing team, and the receiver he knocked the ball away from, Michael Crabtree, which was not exactly gracious.

In an explanation online Monday, Sherman said a lot of what he said after the game was adrenaline talking.

But he also said he just doesn't like the opposing player Michael Crabtree.

He says it's because of something Crabtree said to him several months during the off-season.

Sherman also said a person should not be judged by what he does on the field, but rather, based on what he does with his family and community.

Finally, about the racist messages, Sherman said it's sad the world is still like that.

In the age of Twitter, criticism came quickly.

People called Sherman a jerk and a bad sport, and, of course, they used saltier language.

Some of the other reactions went way beyond salty.

A lot of comments online had racial overtones, or were straight-out racist hate.

The day before MLK day, people were calling Sherman the "n-word."

First, there's a back story to Sherman and his comments, and as more people get to know it, more are coming around to like, or at least respect, the guy.

An old article in Sports Illustrated paints him as brash on the field, but brainy, and a positive role model off of it.

He's from a rough part of L.A. and got heat for taking his schoolwork seriously.

He graduated second in his high-school class with a 4.2 GPA.

He chose to attend college at Stanford for its academics, even though its football team was way worse than USC, which also recruited him.

In football, Sherman was initially timid, but then he modeled his persona after Muhammad Ali.

Like Ali, he had a combination of knowledge and confidence.

He visits his old high school to preach the value of education to teens.

Even without knowing the back story, Sherman's trash talking probably should not have surprised us.

A TV commercial that ran during yesterday's game played off his part intellectual, part in-your-face style.

Some are saying that this in-your-face-style went a bit too far, and was just un-sportsman-like.

Yet, the other point some who defend Sherman are making is that when you make a guy do an interview seconds after an intense, violent game like football the adrenaline is still rushing, and it can seep into your remarks.

Some even like Sherman's honesty compared to the bland, be- careful- not- to- be- interesting sports-interview clichés.

Watch Sherman's rant here.

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