Richard Sherman's Comments About ESPN's Skip Bayless Highlight CB's Immaturity

SEATTLE, WA. - DECEMBER 23: Cornerback Richard Sherman #25 of the Seattle Seahawks celebrates a tackle during the fourth quarter of the game against the San Francisco 49ers at CenturyLink Field on December 23, 2012 in Seattle,Wa. The Seahawks won the game 42-13. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)
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Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IMarch 8, 2013

Richard Sherman may be on the verge of turning 25 this March, but that doesn't mean the Seattle Seahawks star isn't one of the most immature pro athletes on the planet.

In case you missed it, Sherman, an All-Pro NFL cornerback last season, used his appearance on Thursday's episode of ESPN's First Take to take repeated shots at Skip Bayless.

While Sherman did make some valid points in his rant, he mostly fed into negative pro-athlete stereotypes, coming across as immature and cocky.

Sherman had plenty to say to Bayless, but the gist of his rant was the following (via USA Today's Chris Chase):

Whenever you refer to me, whenever you speak to me, whenever you address me, address me as All-Pro Stanford graduate because those are some accomplishments you will aspire to but never accomplish. You have never accomplished anything.

I think you think more of yourself than you can prove. In my 24 years of life, I'm better at life than you.

A Compton, Calif. native, Sherman played his college football at Stanford before being selected in the fifth round of the 2011 NFL draft by Seattle. He's played in all 32 regular seasons games for the Seahawks since the start of the 2011 season and has become renowned for his endless trash-talking.

Sherman wasn't wrong to defend himself against Bayless and his often-unfair criticism, but his mission to call out Bayless and trash-talk him as if he was an opponent on Sunday was way out of line. 

Sure, NFL players have had their run-ins with Bayless in the past. Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs comes to mind. However, never has a guest come across as egotistical and graceless as Sherman.

Instead of brushing off Bayless and letting his numbers and on-field accomplishments speak for themselves, Sherman took the bait that Bayless often dangles in front of every athlete that steps onto the set. The result of Sherman's impatience was a wasted opportunity to come across as the good guy.

He may have 12 interceptions and four forced fumbles to his name after just two NFL seasons, but Sherman's comments suggest that he has lots of growing up to do. 


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