NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – It was a battle of two great cornerbacks on Wednesday.
Yes, the season is over, but Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis and Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman engaged in a heated feud on Twitter over who the better player is.
Sherman, who only has two years of NFL experience, defended his tweets on NFL Network’s “NFL AM” on Thursday morning.
“(Revis) came off disrespectful,” Sherman told the network. “Words need to be said, because apparently he’s just going to disrespect my game. I don’t know exactly what he’s done stats-wise to earn the right to talk down to people. He’s never had more than six picks in a season, so let’s just quiet him down.”
The majority of the tweets came from Revis, who played just two games for Gang Green in 2012 due to injury. Sherman told “NFL AM” that he doesn’t understand why Revis was going after him so hard, and he believes that there are other issues plaguing the four-time Pro Bowler.
“It seems like he had something else going on over there,” Sherman said. ”I couldn’t tell you what it was. I had no ill will towards him at all. We were having a causal conversation, I didn’t say anything disrespectful. He didn’t play this year, so it’s just a truthful statement. He took it the wrong way and went there, so I’ve gotta shoot back and let him know.”
Sherman, a 2012 First Team All-Pro, was stellar for the upstart Seahawks in helping them get to the NFC divisional playoffs. So as his popularity and notoriety continues to grow, why would he engage in a verbal spat with Revis?
It’s about respect, says the Stanford alum.
“I’m not gonna let no dude say, ‘You talk like a little girl’ and just walk freely like that’s the thing to do,” Sherman said. ”I’m going to quiet him down the best way I know how … He didn’t play the whole season and people were still saying he’s better (than me). That’s as disrespectful as it gets.”
The first-round pick of the Jets in 2007 has been especially outspoken as of late. Amid rumors that he might be traded, Revis told Andrea Kremer of the NFL Network that “I need answers and I’m not getting any.”
“I think (Revis) is a little (sensitive) because he’s in a rough stretch right now,” Sherman told “NFL AM”. “There’s some uncertainty there, and any time you have uncertainty you’re gonna have a frustrated player; somebody who looks for answers and is a little more sensitive than he would otherwise be.”
In his two games last season, Revis amassed 11 tackles, a forced fumble and an interception.
The hosts of the program said that they reached out to Revis, but the three-time All-Pro “didn’t want to engage in this.”
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