Seattle GM condones Sherman's tweets

February, 21, 2013
2/21/13
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INDIANAPOLIS -- Seahawks GM John Schneider, conducting a news conference Thursday at the scouting combine, stopped in mid-sentence when he noticed one of his players -- CB Richard Sherman -- on a TV monitor in the back of the room.

"Hey, there's Richard Sherman," Schneider said.

Yep, there he was. Sherman is everywhere these days, popping up on various networks to discuss his Twitter war with Jets CB Darrelle Revis. Sherman and Revis have engaged in social-media mudslinging -- and that's okay with the Seahawks' GM.

"We know Richard. To us, it's really not a big deal," Schneider said. "That's what makes him who he is. That's one of the reasons we fell in love with him. It gives him the confidence to play the way he played. He feels like he's the best cornerback in the league. God bless him."

Sherman, capitalizing on his 15 minutes of fame, appeared on the NFL Network Thursday morning to discuss -- what else? -- he dislike for Revis. Here are excerpts:

On his Twitter war with Revis:

RS: “He came off disrespectful, so words need to be said. Apparently, he is going to disrespect my game. I don’t know what he has done -- stats wise -- to earn the right to talk down to people. He has never had more than six [interceptions] in a season, so let’s quiet down.”

On why he got involved in the altercation:

RS: “Because I am not going to let no dude talk like a little girl and just walk freely. I am going to quiet him down the best way I know how...It is about respect. You are not going to let a guy run his mouth, I am not that kind of person [to] let a guy say bold statements and let them ride. It is not who I am and who I am not going to be.”

On what triggered the altercation:

RS: “I had no ill will towards him at all. We were having a casual conversation, I didn’t say anything disrespectful. He didn’t play this year, so it was a truthful statement, and he took it the wrong way and went there so I had to shoot back.”

On what criteria says he is a better cornerback than Revis:

RS: “Impact -- in terms of making plays -- force fumbles, picks, sacks, changing the game. Shutting down a side of the field changes the game to a point -- I do it from time to time -- but you don’t make the same kind of impact that you do when you have [interceptions], force fumbles, and create turnovers.”

Rich Cimini

ESPN New York Jets reporter

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