Goodell not a fan of Sherman’s postgame rant

Updated: January 23, 2014, 7:39 PM ET


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Add NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to the list of those not pleased with Richard Sherman‘s rant following the Seattle Seahawks‘ victory in the NFC Championship Game.

In what has become a hot national topic, Sherman has been blasted for comments he made about San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree following the Seahawks’ thrilling 23-17 victory Sunday.

“No, I’m not cheering for that,” Goodell said on “CBS This Morning” Thursday. “(Sherman) is such a great young man. He is extremely well-spoken, does great things off the field, obviously a great player on the field. I want him to present himself in the best possible way and make sure that he is reflecting on himself and his family in a positive way.”

Sherman tipped a pass in the end zone that was intended for Crabtree in the closing moments that Seahawks linebacker Malcolm Smith intercepted, sending the Seattle to their second Super Bowl in franchise history.

Immediately following the game, Sherman was interviewed on Fox Sports and was asked to describe the play.

“I’m the best corner in the game,” Sherman said, yelling. “When you try me with a sorry receiver like Crabtree, that’s the result you’re gonna get. Don’t you ever talk about me.”

Sherman then was asked who was talking about him.

“Crabtree,” he said. “Don’t you open your mouth about the best, or I’m gonna shut it for you real quick.”

Goodell also thought Sherman’s actions took away from the Seahawks advancing to the Super Bowl where they will face the Denver Broncos.

“He took away a little bit from the team, that’s what he said yesterday, and I think that was a very interesting comment and I think that was fair,” Goodell said.

Sherman said Wednesday his postgame comments Sunday were ”misdirected and immature” but he is not a villain or a thug.

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