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Seahawks' Sherman: Reaction to his comments 'sad'

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Richard Sherman of Seattle talks to CNN Richard Sherman of Seattle talks to CNN

Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman, who made a game-saving play against the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship Game and then mocked the 49ers receiver after the play, called it "sad" the way some people have reacted to his comments.

Sherman, who is from the tough-nosed Compton area of Los Angeles, played collegiate football at Stanford.

But his long dreadlocks and ungracious comments drew the ire of many on social media. In an interview with CNN, Sherman said many of the comments were racially motivated.

"It was kind of sad the way the world reacted. I can't say the world, I don't want to generalize people like that," Sherman said. "But for the people who did react that way, who did throw the racial slurs and things out there, it was really sad, especially so close to Martin Luther King Day."

CNN showed some tweets that referred to Sherman as a "monkey" and made other racially charged suggestions.

"I'm not out there beating on people or committing crimes or getting arrested or doing anything," Sherman said. "I'm playing a football game at a high level and I got excited.

"What I did was within the lines of a football field. What they did was, in actual reality, they showed their true character. Those were real comments, not in a moment. They had time to think about it. They were sitting at a computer and they expressed themselves in a true way. And I thought society had moved past that."

The Seahawks play the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl a week from Sunday.

Sherman, in a twisting play with his left hand extended, tipped away a pass to San Francisco's Michael Crabtree in the endzone and Seattle Intercepted to seal the game.

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