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Sherman proves hero and villain in own morality tale

Seahawks star's brash outburst poses a challenging question for all sports fans

Donny Mahoney

Published 22/01/2014 | 02:30

Richard Sherman, of the Seattle Seahawks, celebrates after the game
Richard Sherman, of the Seattle Seahawks, celebrates after the game

In sport, very rarely is the hero the villain. Yet such is the status now assumed by Richard Sherman, cornerback of the Seattle Seahawks, leader of their vaunted 'Legion of Boom' secondary and arguably the most provocative man in American sports today.

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Never the most likeable athlete, Sherman lost it on Sunday. With 30 seconds left in the NFC championship game, with the San Francisco 49ers marching down the field and chasing the touchdown that would send them to the Super Bowl, quarterback Colin Kaepernick decided to go for paydirt.

Wide receiver Michael Crabtree ran a fade route to the corner of the end zone. Kaepernick lofted the ball in and for a split second, San Francisco's destiny seemed sealed.

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