An explanation of sorts came from Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman Wednesday. He said he still can't believe the reaction he got after he used a postgame interview with Erin Andrews to slam the 49ers' Michael Crabtree.
Sherman, who grew up in the LA inner city of Compton to graduate from Stanford, says the avalanche of criticism he got didn't make sense.
"I've fought that my whole life, just coming where I'm coming from. Just because you hear Compton, you hear Watts, you hear cities like that, you just think 'thug.' He's a gangster, he's a this that and the other. Then you hear 'Stanford,' and they're like, 'aw man, that doesn't even make sense. That's an oxymoron.'
You fight it for so long, and to have it come back up and people start to use it again, it's frustrating.
I was on the football field showing passion, maybe it was misdirected, maybe it was immature, things could have been worded better, but this was on a football field. I wasn't committing any crimes I wasn't doing anything illegal, I was showing passion after a football game.
Regardless of how bizarre sometime my story gets, especially in times like this, it's still remarkable how a kid from Compton, from humble beginnings, and the story can resonate with any kid coming from humble beginnings," he said.
Sherman added that he's gotten a lot of support from many people, including, baseball Hall of Famer Hank Aaron who told him, "Hang in there & keep playing as well as you did Sunday. Excellent job, you have my support."
The Seahawks meet the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl on February 2nd.