Wednesday, December 13, 2017
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Sherman: Rant reaction was stunning

RENTON, Wash. — Richard Sherman wonders if he came to the NFL 20 years too late.

The Seahawks' All-Pro cornerback wonders if his swagger might have fit better a few decades earlier, when that confidence and an unfiltered tongue were more accepted.

"I studied the old-school game more than I studied the new-school game, and I play it that way. It rubs a lot of people the wrong way," Sherman said Wednesday. "I guess maybe I just haven't adjusted to the times."

Sherman spoke at length for the first time since Sunday's NFC title game. After his tip led to the clinching interception, his postgame comments to Fox reporter Erin Andrews became the talking point. They were directed mostly at 49ers receiver Michael Crabtree, but his intense, shouting took some aback. Sherman said the reaction left him stunned as well.

"We're talking about football here, and a lot of people took it a little bit further than football," Sherman said. "Maybe things could have been worded better, but this is on a football field. I didn't commit any crimes. I wasn't doing anything illegal. I was showing passion after a football game."

What bothered Sherman most was hearing the word "thug" attached to his name.

"It seems like it's an accepted way of calling someone the N-word nowadays," he said. "What is the definition of a thug, really?"

Sherman then referenced the Canucks and Flames' brawl two seconds into a game Saturday.

"They didn't even play hockey. They just threw their sticks aside and started fighting," he said. "I saw that and said, 'Oh, man, I'm the thug?' "

Harvin practices: Seahawks receiver Percy Harvin, who missed the NFC title game with a concussion, returned to practice. The former Florida Gator still must pass league-mandated protocols to play in the Super Bowl, but the team expects for him to do so in plenty of time.

Legal hit: Broncos receiver Wes Welker didn't violate any rules when he hit Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib on a pick play during Sunday's AFC title game, the league said. Patriots coach Bill Belichick criticized the hit, which knocked Talib out of the game.

Around the league

Pro Bowl: Deion Sanders took Bucs cornerback Darrelle Revis as the skill positions were selected on Day 2 of the draft for Sunday's game. Sanders drafted quarterbacks Andrew Luck and Cam Newton with his first picks, while fellow alumni team captain Jerry Rice took Saints tight end Jimmy Graham and Eagles running back LeSean McCoy. Tuesday's Day 1 involved defensive and offensive interior linemen, fullbacks, special teams players and punters (Bucs defensive tackle Gerald McCoy also went to Sanders' team) as well as two captains for each team. (rosters in For the Record, this page)

Ex-Cowboy convicted: A Dallas jury convicted ex-Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent, 25, of intoxication manslaughter for a car crash that killed teammate Jerry Brown on Dec. 8, 2012. Police said Brent's blood-alcohol level was 0.18, more than twice the limit at which Texas considers a driver impaired. He faces up to 20 years in prison.

Vince Young bankruptcy: Ex-quarterback Vince Young filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last week, the Houston Chronicle reported. The petition lists Young, the No. 3 overall draft pick in 2006 who played six seasons in the league, with assets between $500,001 and $1 million and liabilities between $1,001,000 and $10 million. Specifics were not disclosed. Young, 30, is fighting two lawsuits stemming from a $1.8 million loan obtained in his name during the lockout of 2011.

Falcons: Former Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli was hired as assistant general manager.

Raiders: Current and former cheerleaders sued the team. The suit alleges the team withholds all pay until the end of the season, does not pay for all hours worked and forces them to pay many of their business expenses.

Steelers: Mike Munchak, fired as Titans coach this month, agreed to become offensive line coach, the Associated Press reported.

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