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Continued: Souhan: Sherman rant no worse than Peyton Manning's

  • Article by: JIM SOUHAN , Star Tribune
  • Last update: January 27, 2014 - 11:51 AM

Sherman and Manning both insulted an NFL player on national television. Sherman’s rant occurred moments after the end of an emotional game.

Whether his attack on Crabtree was a carryover from the emotions of the game or a calculated attempt to raise his profile, his rant can be summarized as an insult to an opponent, an attempt at self-glorification, and an homage to his team.

Manning’s rant occurred days after Vanderjagt went on a Canadian cable show and questioned Manning’s leadership. He could have ripped into Vanderjagt through another outlet at another time, but he waited until he was in uniform, during a game, to launch a long, insulting diatribe against a player who would remain his teammate for another two seasons, while mentioning his Pro Bowl appearances and intimating that he had a say in his team’s personnel decisions.

Two great players used a national TV interview to criticize another player. Sherman targeted an opponent after an emotional game. Manning targeted a teammate while coasting through a Pro Bowl.

Which was worse?

 

Jim Souhan can be heard weekdays at noon and Sundays from 10 to noon on 1500 ESPN. His Twitter name is @SouhanStrib. • jsouhan@startribune.com

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