DeAngelo Hall clears the air on crazy Twitter war with Richard Sherman … kind of
Twitter wars are becoming the trash talk method du juor among professional athletes it seems. Among the best at them out of the gate and setting the bar for all Twitter smack talk battles appears to be Richard Sherman, which is about as surprising as sticking a toe in the pool and realizing that water is wet.
Sherman has been at it all week on Twitter. First he got into it with LaGarrette Blount on Wednesday, but the Seattle Seahawks cornerback really hit his stride while engaging Washington Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall in an epic, lengthy and at times intense back and forth (here’s a nice rundown — I ain’t embedding all of those tweets, man).
Hall initiated the social media confrontation, claiming he’d like to see Sherman face-up against a top wide receiver for an entire game and not stay on one side of the field. Sherman was more than obliged to respond in kind. And the battle commenced. And it went on. And on. And on.
Hall attempted to clear the air a bit about the feud during a conversation with Grant Paulsen and Danny Rouhier on 106.7 The Fan, trying to downplay it into a harmless war of words. To a certain extent.
As excerpted and transcribed by D.C. Sports Bog’s Dan Steinberg:
“I think it was just me wanting to voice my opinion and him wanting to voice his,” Hall said. “He later on came back and said well you know I feel the same way [as you do]: if you say something to me I’m gonna say something to you back. It is not anything personal. When I see him it’s not going to be a fight and a brawl. We might talk some more, have a discussion a little more, but there definitely won’t be any fisticuffs.
“You know, I had Larry Fitzgerald call me,” Hall went on. “I’m supposed to be in his softball game this summer. The same softball game that Sherman and [Michael] Crabtree got into it at. And [Fitzgerald] said hey, you know Crabtree’s gonna be there, Sherman’s gonna be there, you’re gonna be there, I don’t want any trouble. It’s not that kind of party bro. And I just kind of told him how it went down and he understood….
“That’s just how corners are,” Hall said. “Corners seem to think they’re all better than each other. My thing for the young fella, I just want to see him succeed. I want him to have longevity in this league, I want him to keep doing what he’s doing, because like I said, those three years have been impressive. But in order to take that step to the next level, you’ve got to add a little bit more things to your game. And I just feel like following guys around is ultimately what’s going to take him to that next level, and get teams to pay him the kind of money that he thinks he deserves.”
Still, despite Hall trying to put out the fire, or at the very least avoid stoking the flames, he stands by his original assessment of Sherman’s career thus far and what it will take for him to be considered among the greats.
“A football player like myself knows what’s going on out there,” he said. “An average fan might say wow, [Sherman’s] really taking this [receiver] out of the game, but a football player like myself will know the scheme and know the defense that they’re playing. I understand what’s going on out there on the field. And so I can kind of critique it a little more fairly than the average person. So all those things weighed into account of me saying what I had to say.”
All that is left to do now is wait for Sherman to call up a Seattle radio station and offer up his rebuttal. And then, maybe, Twitter War 2, perhaps? It is a long offseason after all, and these two guys have egos that can help fuel another epic battle.