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Roughly two days removed from a post-game interview that dropped jaws and incited reaction across the country, on Tuesday evening Piers Morgan sought additional insight into the man behind the microphone, the Seattle Seahawks' brash cornerback Richard Sherman.
Sherman's pass deflection in Sunday's NFC Championship Game effectively sent the Seahawks to the Super Bowl – Seattle will meet the Denver Broncos on February 2nd – yet it was an energized diatribe launched at San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree that cost him points with many football fans.
As part of an interview that airs in full on CNN's "Unguarded" Friday evening at 10:30 p.m., Rachel Nichols sat down with the defensive star, asking if he's had second thoughts about anything he said:
"Mostly I regret the - I guess the storm afterwards. The - you know, the way it was covered, the way it was perceived, and the attention that it took away from the fantastic performances from my teammates, you know," Sherman told Nichols. "I probably shouldn't have attacked another person. I don't mean to attack him. And that was immature. And I probably shouldn't have done that. I regret doing that. But I just felt like my teammates deserved better. And I - you know, I have to apologize to them and I have."
Significantly more poised and composed with Nichols then he had been with FOX Sports' Erin Andrews, Sherman spoke of the racially-infused attacks he's been subject to since Sunday:
"It was really mind-boggling. And it was kind of - it was kind of sad that the way the world reacted - you know, I can't say the world. I don't want to generalize people like that, because there are a lot of great people who didn't react that way," noted Sherman. "But for the people who did react that way and throw the racial slurs and things like that out there, it was really sad."
On Monday, a day after the game, Sherman used his Twitter account to reference some of the hate speech he's been subjected to:
Last night shows that racism is still alive and well... And that's so sad.... At Least some people respect MLKs dream
— Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) January 20, 2014
Speaking with Nichols, the man who graduated Stanford University with a degree in communications expounded upon the message of his tweet:
"Especially that close to Martin Luther King Day. You're not judging a guy. I'm not out there beating on people or committing crimes or getting arrested or doing anything. I'm playing a football game at a high level. And I got excited. But what I did was within the lines of a football field," he noted, offering what he feels is a clear distinction. "What they did was an actual reality. They showed their true character. Those were real comments, not in a moment, not in a - you know, they had time to think about it. They were sitting at a computer and they expressed themselves in a true way. And I thought society had moved past that."
Watch the clip for more of Nichols' chat with Sherman, including his explanation of the ways in which he's able to alter his personality based upon circumstance, and for the full sit down interview with the two-time All-Pro selection, catch "Unguarded" on Friday night at 10:30 p.m.
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