A cool, calm Richard Sherman met the media on Wednesday and said he regretted the attention his postgame rant has drawn because it has taken the spotlight away from his Seattle Seahawks teammates' performance in defeating the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday in the NFC Championship Game.
Unless you've been under a rock for the past four days, you've no doubt seen Sherman's postgame remarks after the cornerback's tip of the 49ers' final pass of the game led to an interception by Malcolm Smith that preserved the Seahawks' victory and sent them to the Super Bowl, where they'll face the Denver Broncos.
"If I had really known it was going to blow up like that I would've approached it a little differently," Sherman said. "Just in terms of the way it took away from my teammates. ... So many people played so many great games you would really think the stories would be about them. That's the only thing I'm really regretful about."
Sherman is irked by the word "thug" being attached to his name in the aftermath of his rant.
"The only reason it bothers me is it seems like it's an accepted way of calling someone the N-word nowadays. It's like everybody else said the n-word and they said thug and they're like, `that's fine,"' Sherman said. "That's where it kind of takes me aback. It's kind of disappointing because they know. What is the definition of a thug, really?"