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Seattles Seahawk Richard Sherman's Epic Rant Boosts Sport Illustrated Site To Record High Traffic

21, 2014, 4:41 PM EST By L.A. Ross TheWrap Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman's Monday Morning Quarterback column about his epic rant after the NFC Championship Game Sunday boosted Sports Illustrated's website to its highest traffic day ever, SI Digital said Tuesday. Sports Illustrated Digital said it attracted 4.3 million unique visitors online and company website 1.2 million on mobile Monday, driven by Sherman's first-person column for the site's MMQB blog. That topped the previous single day record of 3.7 million uniques last April, when NBA player Jason Collins' announced he was gay, becoming the first athlete in the Big Four sports leagues to come out. Sherman's column addressed his surprisingly blunt interview with Fox Sports' Erin Andrews following Sunday night's game, where instead of answering Andrews' general questions about the Seahawks' victory over the visiting San Francisco 49ers, Sherman unloaded on 49ers receiver Michael Crabtree. See video: Seattle Seahawks CB Richard Sherman Goes on Epic Rant During Erin Andrews Interview (Video) But in the workout column , Sherman explained what led to that explosive reaction. "I ran over to Crabtree to shake his hand but he ignored me," Sherman wrote. "I patted him, stuck out my hand and said, 'Good game, good game.' That's when he shoved my face, and that's when I went off." Sherman said there was preexisting bad blood between him and Crabtree, but would not go into details, save to say, "I just don't like him." According to the Seattle Times , Crabtree allegedly tried to start a fight with Sherman at a charity event in Arizona in 2013. Also read: A NFL Star Tom Brady on Richard Sherman's Epic Rant: He's 'That Kind of Guy,' Says 'We Win With Graciousness' The cornerback did not apologize for his behavior, saying that it was part of the adrenalized moment, but castigated critics who used "racial slurs and bullying language far worse" than what they saw from him on the field.
Source: http://tv.msn.com/tv/article.aspx?news=848470

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