During just the second day of the Seattle Seahawks' minicamp Wednesday, the fiery cornerback got into it with wide receiver Phil Bates, and the altercation ended with Bates' jersey being torn off and punches being thrown.
Teammates intervened, and Sherman, Earl Thomas, Percy Harvin and Doug Baldwin all got involved in the offense vs. defense civil war.
Q13 Fox (h/t Sporting News) provided a look at the scuffle, as well as players' reactions:
Ultimately, though, as the video mentioned, cooler heads prevailed after head coach Pete Carroll had a talk with the team. As The Seattle Times' Bob Condotta noted, many of the players involved were joking around with each other before the end of practice:
Sherman, who has established himself as one of the most talented yet talkative players in the league during his time with Seattle, just can't seem to stay out of the news this offseason.
After signing a massive contract extension in May, he got involved in a publicized back-and-forth on social media with Arizona Cardinals corner Patrick Peterson. Now, this newest incident will give the sports world a whole new talking point as the dog days of summer continue to drag on.
Really, though, this is nothing. Fights and altercations happen in a sport as physical as football, especially when it comes to a team that has proven to be one of the most hard-hitting in the league. It's something that can happen to any team.
“They are such a tight group of guys that they don’t want to give an inch sometimes,” defensive coordinator Dan Quinn told reporters, via SportsPressNW.com. ”Most good teams are close and tight like that where they can practice like that. They were just having fun.”
If anything, it shows the Seahawks haven't really lost any of their intensity, passion or fire after winning the Super Bowl in February.
"Guys here are different," Thomas said, via The Tacoma News Tribune's Todd Dybas. "We’re never satisfied. We’re always trying to prove who we are. It always gets heated like this and you love it because the whole competition of everybody is raised.”
Avoiding punches in the future would probably be smart. If a serious injury would have resulted from this, the reaction certainly wouldn't have been the same.
Still, this is just another reminder that the Seahawks are always operating at an incredibly high level. Even in the middle of June.
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