Michael Crabtree-Richard Sherman feud dates back to incident at Larry Fitzgerald's charity event
But apparently, the biggest subplot from the Seattle Seahawks' 23-17 win in the NFC Championship Game Sunday -- a feud between San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree and Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman -- also originated in Arizona.
Sherman, whose incredible end zone tip led to a game-sealing interception on a pass intended for Crabtree, took the opportunity in his post-game interview with FOX Sports' Erin Andrews to call out the San Francisco wideout.
In addition to calling Crabtree a 'sorry receiver' on national television, the Seahawks' All-Pro corner reiterated in his post-game presser how he really felt about the former No. 10 overall pick.
"I was making sure everyone knew Crabtree was a mediocre receiver," Sherman told reporters. "And when you try the best corner in the game with a mediocre receiver, that's what happens. I appreciate that he knows that now. There has been a lot of talk from him running his mouth about me."
But the running of the mouths didn't stop there, as both took to Twitter to continue their back-and-forth war of words.
A lion doesn't concern himself with the opinions of a sheep.— Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) January 20, 2014
There was a lot of talk before the game.... Now I'm the bad guy lol.... Well if u judge my character on the field ....So many glass houses— Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) January 20, 2014
So is the Crabtree-Sherman squabble just a case of bad divisional blood between two competitors? According to the latter, no.
In a piece for MMQB.com called 'To Those Who Would Call Me a Thug or Worse,' the former Stanford standout suggested that his post-game comments stemmed from an incident the two had last offseason at Larry Fitzgerald's charity softball event.
There are a lot of receivers playing good ball out there, and Josh Gordon needed 14 games to produce almost double what Crabtree can do in a full season. And Gordon had Brandon Weeden, Brian Hoyer and Jason Campbell playing quarterback.
But that's not why I don't like the man. It goes back to something he said to me this offseason in Arizona, but you'd have to ask him about that. A lot of what I said to Andrews was adrenaline talking, and some of that was Crabtree. I just don't like him.
It was loud, it was in the moment, and it was just a small part of the person I am. I don't want to be a villain, because I'm not a villainous person.
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