Colin Kaepernick responded to Richard Sherman’s inflammatory comments about 49ers teammate Michael Crabtree while making the rounds at the site of Super Bowl XLVIII.
In the NFC Championship game, Sherman batted away Kaepernick’s pass intended for Crabtree in the end zone, resulting in Malcolm Smith interception to clinch a Super Bowl berth for the Seattle Seahawks. Afterward, Sherman called Crabtree a “sorry receiver” and “mediocre.”
On Thursday, Kaepernick responded.
“I don’t care who’s out there,” Kaepernick said. “I had Crabtree one-on-one with half of the field to himself, and I’m going to take that every single time. He made a good play on that ball, but if I throw it a foot farther, it’s a touchdown and now you’re the goat, Richard Sherman.
“It’s a game of inches. The inches were in (Sherman’s) favor in that case, but this game will humble you very quickly.”
He continued: “As my dad has always told me, if you have to tell people how good you are, then how good are you really? If you have to go on national TV and try to say you’re the best cornerback in the league, then you’ve got your own insecurities.”
Kaepernick added, “He’s afraid of our receivers, and that’s something I’m looking forward to [exploiting] next year.”
On San Francisco radio station KNBR, Kaepernick said of Sherman: “I feel like it was a ridiculous statement. Everyone who saw it knows it’s a ridiculous statement. I mean, Crabtree is one of the best receivers in the league, in my opinion. He’s done a lot for this team, a lot for this organization. And, to me, to have someone try to call him out that way is absurd.”
The NFL fined Sherman $7,875 last week for unsportsmanlike conduct/taunting. Sherman made a "choke" gesture that he said was directed at Kaepernick following the interception.