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Pete Carroll: Richard Sherman sorry his rant took away from Seahawks' win

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RENTON, Wash. (AP) - Seattle coach Pete Carroll says after speaking with Richard Sherman the fiery cornerback was apologetic that his rant against San Francisco's Michael Crabtree overshadowed the Seahawks reaching their second Super Bowl in franchise history.

Carroll said the pair spoke Monday a day after Sherman deflected a pass intended for Crabtree and was intercepted by teammate Malcolm Smith in the closing seconds of Seattle's 23-17 win over the 49ers to win the NFC championship.

Sherman lit up social media after his shouting postgame interview with Fox reporter Erin Andrews then didn't back down from his comments toward Crabtree, later calling him "mediocre."

"This is a very emotional kid. This is what drives him, and I understand that," Carroll said. "We did sit down and talk about it because I wanted him to present himself in his best light. He's an incredible kid. ... When he puts out those kinds of thoughts, he has to know what he's saying and understands it. I think he's very understanding at this point that he caused a stir that took something away from the team."

Carroll described his view of the conversation between the pair as a father speaking to his son.  

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