Wednesday, January 22, 2014

John Madden says Richard Sherman's rant was 'embarrassing'

Richard Sherman's rant will be a storyline next week too. (USATSI)

Richard Sherman's post-game tirade on Sunday following the NFC Championship continues to be one of the major story lines as we approach the Super Bowl.

Adding yet more fuel to the fire on Wednesday was NFL legend John Madden. Madden went on the air with Sirius XM and proceeded to condemn Sherman's rant.

“I think it's too much,” Madden said on Sirius XM (via PFT). “To me, it was kind of embarrassing. . . . Kids are watching this, and kids copy the players. I have grandkids and I know that they do because I see them. If a player is wearing a certain color gloves, they have to have that color gloves. A player two weeks ago wore red shoes, I had a grandson came to the game and he had to wear red shoes. The jerseys -- they wear the jerseys and they copy everything those guys do. And to be a great one, they don't know which things they should copy, and they think that's how they have to play. I think if any apologies ought to be made, it ought to be to the kids. That's not the way we do it. ... I thought it was embarrassing.”

Sherman has since apologized about making the glorious moment more about himself rather than praising the team, but it's too little and too late, in Madden's mind at least.

“He took away a lot from the other players on his team," Madden said. "Guys played their butts off, guys coached their butts off, and pass rushed and tackled and special teams, and then it got to be all about one guy. In a team sport, that's wrong."

As always, Madden states his case in a very articulate and fair manner. If there is anyone in the game who deserves to chime in with their thoughts on the matter it's him.

Still, it will be nice when the Sherman backlash finally dies down, and we can finally begin to focus on the actual Super Bowl rather than previous events.

Via Eye on Football

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