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Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman denied he snubbed the media following Sunday's 30-21 loss to the San Diego Chargers, as initially reported by the San Diego Union-Tribune.
"When I got done taking a shower and everything, Earl [Thomas] was being interviewed and I stood there for a while and nobody came to me,” Sherman told reporters during a press conference before Wednesday's practice. “I put my stuff on and walked out."
Sherman said he signed a few autographs before leaving the stadium, and was available in the locker room beforehand.
One unidentified individual requested an autograph, and then proceeded to ask for an interview, according to Sherman.
"I thought this guy can’t be serious," the All-Pro defender said. "That might have been the guy that said I wasn’t talking to media, but I didn’t really consider him media.”
“I was literally standing in my locker,” Sherman said. “When you come off the field in a 120-degree game, and the locker room is about 90, you probably don’t want to stand there for an extra hour waiting for everyone to get done for interviews. I’m tired and I’m hot. I’m trying to get cool. So I sat there, though, I was available. I didn’t sneak off. I was standing there and they just happened to be interviewing other people."
"Nobody called for me and said, ‘Hey Sherm.'”
Quarterback Philip Rivers and the Chargers went 4-for-6 passing for 54 yards and three first downs when targeting Sherman in Week 2.
The defending Super Bowl champion Seahawks are off to a 1-1 start after finishing 13-3 in the regular season a year ago.