Colin Kaepernick, the San Francisco 49ers young quarterback, is usually not one to bad mouth an opposing player.
So it’s telling that Kaepernick told a national television and radio audience on ESPN’s “Mike and Mike” Thursday morning just what he thought about the behavior of Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman in the moments after the NFC Championship on Jan. 19.
“To me, it was ridiculous,” Kaepernick said. “But if that’s what you need to do to make yourself feel like a better player, you have to tell everyone, I’m the best corner in the league, go ahead and tell them.”
Kaepernick’s pass in the final minute of the game, intended for Michael Crabtree in the end zone, was tipped away by Sherman and intercepted by linebacker Malcolm Smith to seal Seattle’s trip to New Jersey for Super Bowl XLVIII.
Sherman made a terrific play—let’s be clear about that. But it’s what happened next that struck the wrong chord with Kaepernick.
Sherman tapped Crabtree on the butt and later made a choking gesture at Kaepernick.
Stay classy, Richard.
Sherman was eventually fined $7,875 (not $7,500 or $8,000 … $7,875) for his actions and has apologized.
Kaepernick later appeared on ESPN’s “SportsCenter” and said simply, “At some point, it’s going to catch up to you.”
Shockingly (OK, not so shockingly), Kaep said he would be rooting for the Denver Broncos on Super Sunday.
The young quarterback didn’t shy away from throwing down the gauntlet for next season, either.
“He’s afraid of our receivers and that’s something I’m looking forward to [exploiting] next year,” Kaepernick told the New York Post.