NFL officials have largely kept quiet since Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman's fiery rant went viral following his team's win over the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship Game on Sunday, but NFL commissioner Roger Goodell finally broke his silence.
Goodell told CBS This Morning that he didn't like Sherman's comments and wishes he had chosen his words more carefully (h/t ESPN.com):
No, I'm not cheering for that. (Sherman) is such a great young man. He is extremely well-spoken, does great things off the field, obviously a great player on the field. I want him to present himself in the best possible way and make sure that he is reflecting on himself and his family in a positive way.
Sherman was instrumental in Seattle's win over the 49ers, as he tipped a Colin Kaepernick pass intended for Michael Crabtree into the arms of teammate Malcolm Smith in the waning seconds of the game. That sealed a Super Bowl berth for the Seahawks, and Sherman wasn't shy about making his feelings known after the game, as seen in this video:
The outspoken All-Pro didn't pull any punches when it came to expressing his true feelings about Crabtree, who got into a minor altercation with Sherman following the NFC Championship Game's clinching play.
Sherman's outburst led to a wide spectrum of reactions, as plenty of people loved it, but just as many seemed to hate it. Sherman ultimately admitted he regretted the fact that it somewhat detracted from his team's accomplishment, as told CNN's Rachel Nichols in a recent interview:
If nothing else, Goodell was glad that Sherman acknowledged his misstep in that regard.
"He took away a little bit from the team, that's what he said yesterday, and I think that was a very interesting comment and I think that was fair," Goodell said.
Goodell may not have liked the rant, but plenty of well-respected people within the NFL didn't mind. According to the NFL on Fox's official Twitter account, analyst and future Hall of Famer Michael Strahan believes Sherman earned the right to talk since he backs it up:
There is not necessarily a right or wrong way to feel about Sherman's actions, but the most powerful man in the NFL would clearly prefer to see Sherman tone his antics down.
Sherman is one of the biggest talking points heading into Super Bowl XLVIII between the Seahawks and Denver Broncos, and even non-football fans seem interested in seeing what he'll do or say next.
As much as Goodell frowns upon Sherman's brash and cocky ways, it may ultimately get more eyes on the Super Bowl come Feb. 2, so he'll have to take the good with the bad.
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