Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman was caught on tape Tuesday telling a local reporter that he would ruin his career.
As reported by the Seattle Times during Sherman’s media availability on Tuesday, local radio show host Jim Moore asked the cornerback about his criticism of the team’s play calling last week. (Sherman was visibly upset in the third quarter, screaming at offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, when the Seahawks threw the ball from the 1-yard line instead of running it.) Moore asked Sherman if he thought he had a “better handle” than the coaching staff on the team’s play calling.
Sherman responded, “No, I just had a, we had a prior experience (the Super Bowl) so we talked about it. But let me guess—you have a better play to call. Let me guess, you have a better experience.”
Moore, a talk show host on ESPN 710 Seattle, said no. Sherman replied with, “Then you should probably kind of stop.”
When Sherman was exiting the room after the press conference had ended, he passed Moore’s seat and told him, “You don’t want to go there. You do not. I’ll ruin your career.”
Moore asked for clarification—“You’ll ruin my career? How are you going to do that?”—and Sherman doubled down: “I’ll make sure you don’t get your media pass anymore.”
They had one final exchange, with Moore asking “Is that right?” and Sherman responding “Yes, it is.” The Times released a partial recording of the incident, in which Sherman can clearly be heard saying that he’ll ruin Moore’s career:
Neither Sherman nor the Seahawks have addressed the exchange since the Times released the recording Tuesday afternoon.
Update, 8:15 p.m. Tuesday: