BY Adam Lewis 12:29PM 01/30/2014

Lunch Links: 49ers’ Kaepernick blasts Sherman

49ers QB Colin Kaepernick is still upset about what Richard Sherman did to him after tipping the game-winning interception in the NFC Championship.

Colin Kaepernick broke form Thursday and slammed Seahawks CB Richard Sherman for his behavior following the NFC Championship. / Drew McKenzie, Sportspress Northwest

Colin Kaepernick’s season is finished, but that didn’t keep him from showing up in New York Thursday and issuing a little smack-talk directed at Seahawks CB Richard Sherman.

In an exclusive interview with the New York Post, Kaepernick criticized Sherman’s post-game rant following Seattle’s 23-17 win against the 49ers in the NFC Championship.

Per the newspaper’s NFL columnist, Bart Hubbuch:

“His comments were ridiculous,” Kaepernick said of Sherman. “If you have to tell people how good you are, then how good are you really?”

On San Francisco’s final offensive play of the NFC title game, Kaepernick tried WR Michael Crabtree in the back corner of the end zone from 18 yards. Sherman, who was in coverage, jumped, twisted, and tipped the pass to teammate Malcolm Smith for a game-saving interception.

“If I throw the ball one foot farther, it’s a TD and now you’re the goat, Richard Sherman,” Kaepernick said.

After the interception, Sherman flashed the choke sign to Kaepernick before coming off the field. Sherman was flagged 15 yards for unsportsmanlike conduct. The NFL fined him $7,875, the standard amount for a player penalized for taunting.

“Did that make you feel better about yourself?” Kaepernick said, speaking of Sherman.  Then go ahead, because I’m not worried about you.”

The interception sent the Seahawks to Super Bowl XLVIII. Minutes after the end, Sherman was so excited he launched into a self-praising speech during an interview with Fox reporter Erin Andrews. He declared himself the best cornerback in the NFL, then called Crabtree a “sorry receiver.”

Kaepernick doesn’t agree with either assessment. Instead, the usually reserved quarterback added more spice to the most bellicose rivalry in the NFL.

“(Sherman’s) afraid of our receivers, and that’s something I’m looking forward to exploiting next year,” Kaepernick said.

Here’s what the national media is saying about the Seahawks.


  • maoling

    Hope he enjoys kissing his biceps for the next eight months. Maybe he can give himself a hickey.

  • oldfan

    Okay, Kaepernick, I get it. Your team lost and you feel disrespected. You’re due a little payback.

    I mean really, declaring yourself the best cornerback in the game (an opinion shared by a lot of people, but still), that’s nearly as bad a mocking the opposing QBs signature celebration (some might read THAT as self-aggrandizing).

    And you are right, one foot further and Sherman’s the goat. But it wasn’t one foot further and you ARE the goat (in fact you turned over on three consecutive possessions, are you the triple goat?) Why it’s almost as if you (dare I say it?) choked… again.

    Sherman’s afraid of your receivers? That explains why you targeted him a grand total of twice in the entire game. Brilliant quarterbacking there, Slim!

    As I said, you are entitled to a little payback, but try with your feet planted in reality next time.

  • ReebHerb

    For those who are superstitious, if the Seahawks lose, it will be know as the Sherman jinks.

  • jafabian

    Geez, Kaepernick is about self promotion at least as much as Sherman is. You can see pics of him showing off his biceps almost every day online or in the media. So if his pass to Crabtree went one more foot it’d be a T D then why didn’t you throw it a foot farther Colin?

    I highly doubt Sherman is afraid of the SF receivers when they almost had a complete turnover of their WR corps going into this season and will probably do so again in the offseason.

  • MarkS

    Hey Kap! U mad bro? Seriously look how bad mouthing Sherman worked out for Crabtree.

  • Its onlySports(DavidWakefield)

    Lyrics from an old rock tune
    “Its my party and I will cry if i want to ,cry if I want to ,cry if I want to, you would cry too if it happened to you”
    Except its not even your party ,Colin.What are you doing in New York?
    I liked him better when he was telling Russ to go get yourself a ring….apparently he cant drown it out after all like is suggested in his headphones commercial…. Go shave that other eye brow Colin. Face it you lost . Bbbbbaaaaah sez the goat.

  • PokeyPuffy

    one more foot and that pass is out of bounds….