Cam Newton jokes about Colin Kaepernick as 49ers quarterback savages Richard Sherman
It’s the classic three-way, right? Okay, not so much, but Colin Kaepernick finds himself one point on a triangle (let’s call him the right angle) of controversy due to his actions during the playoffs and his recent comments directed at Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman.
First things first. In an exclusive interview with the Bart Hubbach of the New York Post, the San Francisco 49ers quarterback absolutely savages Sherman, specifically commenting upon the cornerback’s post-game antics as well as how Sherman allegedly taunted Kaepernick with a choke sign towards the end of the game.
Kaepernick, in town to promote his SK energy drink, pulled no punches when discussing Sherman and his conduct during the NFC Championship Game.
“I think everyone knows his comments were ridiculous,” Kaepernick said at the Super Bowl XLVIII media center in Midtown, referring to the FOX postgame interview in which Sherman mocked 49ers receiver Michael Crabtree and proclaimed himself the best cornerback in the NFL.
“As my dad has always told me, if you have to tell people how good you are, then how good are you really?” Kaepernick added. “If you have to go on national TV and try to say you’re the best cornerback in the league, then you’ve got your own insecurities.”
As far as the critical play that occurred late in the game when Sherman just barely tipped a Kaepernick pass into the waiting arms of a teammate for a game-clinching interception, the Niners signal-caller said Sherman was a fingertip-length away from being the victim, not the victor.
“I don’t care who’s out there,” Kaepernick said. “I had Crabtree one-on-one with half of the field to himself, and I’m going to take that every single time. He made a good play on that ball, but if I throw it a foot farther, it’s a touchdown and now you’re the goat, Richard Sherman.
“It’s a game of inches,” Kaepernick said. “The inches were in [Sherman’s] favor in that case, but this game will humble you very quickly.”
Kaepernick also claimed that Sherman is intimidated by his team’s receivers.
“I’ll take that matchup every day,” Kaepernick said. “I feel like he’s afraid of our receivers, and that’s something I look forward to [exploiting] next year.”
Hubbach also notes in his write-up that Kaepernick apparently forgot about how he taunted Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton in a previous playoff game before quoting Kaepernick rip Sherman for taunting him.
“Did that make you feel better about yourself? Then go ahead, because I’m not worried about you,” Kaepernick said, referring to Sherman. “I’m just worried winning games and helping us get to the Super Bowl.
“I can’t get insulted by something that ridiculous coming from somebody like that. From the time that [championship-game final] play ended to the time his [postgame] news conference ended, let’s just say it wasn’t very politically correct.”
Kaepernick’s comments certainly come off a bit hypocritical when taken in the context of what he did to Newton during the team’s game in the second round of the playoffs:
Speaking of Newton, the Panthers quarterback made an appearance on NFL Network’s “NFL AM” show on Thursday and invariably, the topic of Kaepernick came up, specifically how the 49ers QB taunted Newton by busting out his “Superman” celebration move during the game to mock and ridicule him.
Newton, to his credit, laughed it off, more or less, using humor to diffuse the situation.
“He hurt my feelings, and I think so highly of Mr. Kaepernick,” Newton said with a big laugh (via PFT), as quoted by Charlotte Observer columnist Scott Fowler in a blog post.
Newton followed up the joke by promising he will have some kind of response for Kaepernick co-opting his move to taunt him, but would not divulge any details about it.
Newton also mentioned he bears no ill will towards Kaepernick. While praising the young crop of quarterbacks rising up through the ranks in the NFL, Newton said bad blood is never an issue with him.
“I don’t have no hate in my blood for nobody,” Newton said.
Fair enough. Perhaps both Kaepernick and Sherman could learn a thing or two from Newton. Except for the “Superman” celebration. That is just silly grandstanding and somewhat annoying.