Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll has defended Richard Sherman after he mocked rival Michael Crabtree in a post-match interview following the Seahawks win over the San Francisco 49ers last weekend.
Sherman produced the goods in the dying seconds of the Seahwaks' NFC Championship game victory over the 49ers, blocking Colin Kaepernick's attempted touchdown throw to Crabtree to ensure his team booked a place in the Superbowl with a 23-17 win.
After his game-winning play, Sherman appeared to mock Crabtree on the field, before giving an interview to FoxSPORTS in which he blasted his rival.
He said: 'Well, I'm the best corner in the game. When you try me with a sorry receiver like Crabtree, that's the result you're gonna get .... Don't you [Crabtree] ever talk about me! Don't you open your mouth about the best or I'm gonna shut it for you real quick.'
The 25-year-old, who revealed the animosity between the pair dates back to an incident in the off-season, has faced a backlash following the interview and has since apologised for his words.
Now Carroll has moved to defend his man, saying that sometimes his emotions get the better of him.
"This is a very emotional kid, and this is what drives him," Carroll said on Monday. "
"And I understand that. We did sit down and talk about it because I want him to present himself in his best light. He's an incredible kid. ... So when he puts out those kind of thoughts he has to know what he's saying and understand."
"I think he's very understanding at this point he caused a stir that took something away from the club."
Sherman will have the chance to prove his worth on the field once more when the Seahawks go up against the Broncos in the Superbowl on February 2.