Okay, let's get this out of the way. Richard Sherman is a smart man and the best corner in the league.
Good. I feel better now.
He's still an ass, and here's why:
The reason he blew a gasket on national television is because, and he stated it in his pants-crapping, Napoleon Complex-fueled tirade on Erin Andrews, he was insulted because Michael Crabtree was talking about him.
Excuse me, sir Richard......but isn't that what you do? Talk crap. Every day? Incessantly? To the point of nausea? Insulting people online, in the national media and on the football field. Constantly? Which is fine, I have no problem with trash talk. It's part of the game, but for a true purveyor of the craft, and some may say a master, you seemed a wee bit hypocritical getting all jacked up for Crabtree doing likewise.
Some may call it, in the era of the web, butthurt.
But there are those that tout Mr. Sherman and not only forgive, but endorse his yammering because of his humble beginnings, coming Straight Outta Compton, getting into Stanford, and then the NFL, eventually becoming the best at a very difficult position. He deserves credit, yes.
But, there are tons of poor kids who get into the NFL and shine their stars who don't draw this kind of WWE "I'm the best!" attention to themselves constantly. Look at Donald Driver. Poor kid from Houston, who sold drugs, once lived in a U-Haul, 7th Round Choice out of tiny Alcorn State, and became the Packers all time leading receiver, Super Bowl champ, Dancing With the Stars winner, and never lost his humility in the process.
He surely never took the attention off of his teammates at the apex of their success like Sherman did as soon as the final second ticked off the damn clock.
And those on line and in print who act like he is some spokesman for all that's right (or wrong) in America just make me laugh. Canonizing someone because of their mouth? Please don't get started on the race card. It's insulting to everybody.
And don't you dare compare him to Muhammad Ali. Yeah, he was the greatest, and said so. But what truly made Ali the greatest was what he said and did AFTER he said so.