BRADY HENDERSON

Seahawks’ Richard Sherman on recorded threat to Jim Moore: ‘Nobody ever knew what I said’

Feb 27, 2017, 6:26 PM | Updated: Feb 28, 2017, 9:16 am

In a recent interview with ESPN, Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman says the comments he made last season to 710 ESPN Seattle’s Jim Moore, which included a threat to end the radio host’s career, were incorrectly portrayed. Sherman also says in the ESPN interview that “nobody ever knew what I said” in that exchange with Moore.

Sherman’s comments to Moore were, in fact, recorded by several media members who were there to witness the exchange, which came during a weekly press conference a few days after Sherman lost his cool on the sideline during the Seahawks’ win over the Rams.

To review, Sherman was walking out of the room after answering several questions about how he had shouted at coach Pete Carroll and offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell in disapproval of Seattle throwing the ball at the goal-line against Los Angeles, which, he said after the game, was something the Seahawks should know better than to do after what happened at the end of Super Bowl XLIX.

During the press conference, Sherman took particular exception to a question from Moore, who asked him why he felt he had a better handle of the offensive play-calling than Bevell. As he was walking by Moore on his way out, Sherman told him, “You don’t want to go there. You do not. I’ll ruin your career.”

The rest of the exchange, the entirety of which was recorded by myself and others, went like this:

Moore: “You’ll ruin my career?”

Sherman: “Yes. Yes.”

Moore: “How are you going to do that?”

Sherman: “I’ll make sure you don’t get your media pass anymore.”

Moore: “Oh, is that right?”

Sherman: “Yes, yes it is.”

Later that night, Sherman tweeted that he regretted the incident. In the ESPN interview, he told Cari Champion that he does not regret it on the basis that there’s no proof as to what he may or may not have said. The ESPN interview is embedded above. Below are Champion’s questions about the exchange with Moore and Sherman’s answers.

Question: “After you and that guy got into it, did you feel like, ah man, maybe I shouldn’t have said what I said?”

Sherman: “No, because nobody ever knew what I said. Once again, ‘Sources say.’ Who was there? Did anybody see it? Who was there? Who said it?”

Question: “So it was not correct?”

Sherman: “Nobody knows. Nobody knows what was correct. All you hear is ‘he say, she say.'”

Question: “Well, I’m asking you, was it incorrect?”

Sherman: “It was incorrect how they portrayed it, yes. It gets to the point where nobody needs the truth anymore. Nobody cares to know what the truth is. You could just fabricate a story and go with it. Then I’ve got to defend a fabricated story. After a while, you just get irritated of defending stories that don’t exist. So it’s like, why would I talk to you when I could write my own story?”

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