What in the world was Richard Sherman's malfunction after the NFC win over the San Francisco 49ers last Sunday?

What in the world was Richard Sherman's malfunction after the NFC win over the San Francisco 49ers last Sunday?

Sherman sealed the deal for the Seattle Seahawks when he batted the ball away in the end zone with 22 seconds left, and Seattle intercepted the ball.

He then went up to wide receiver Michael Crabtree and swatted the 49er on his rear end. Crabtree shoved Sherman's face mask in an attempt to get the jerk out of his mug.

But Sherman wasn't done. He then went on to taunt the ‘49ers by putting his hands up around his neck, letting them know they "choked."

Rightfully so, a flag was thrown for misconduct.

But the best was during the post-game interview with Fox reporter Erin Andrews when Sherman started babbling on about people "talking about him."

Andrews looked stunned, and a little afraid, and asked, "Who is talking about you?"

Sherman continued to babble and rant on about how he's the best cornerback ... blah, blah, blah.

What a punk.

When you play on a team, you represent not just yourself, but your teammates, your community, your family.

And my impression of the Seahawks is now tainted because of his actions. That sort of behavior is totally unacceptable from a grown man. I don't care if he's playing sports and was in the "heat of the moment."

The fact that this bozo thinks it's OK to act like that, and undoubtedly a slew of fans will laugh at his baffoonary, is upsetting. The Fox commentators even joked about it, chalking it up to "trash talk," with Terry Bradshaw throwing his arm around the guy's shoulders.

I've always disagreed with Charles Barkley. Athletes ARE role models. It's part of the job, deal with it. The actions of the pros has a domino effect. I see it all the time in youth sports. Kids argue with the officials, throw their hands up when things don't go their way. Worse, parents are often seen screeching from the sidelines as well.

When did we become so entitled?

I would love, LOVE to see a football player gently place the ball down on the grass after he scores score a touchdown. Instead I'm greeted with one awful display of narcissism after another.

The irony is that Sherman actually did something good, he "got his way" if you will, yet still felt the need to act like a spoiled brat. All he had to do was celebrate and share in the moment with his team.

It's not trash talk. It's just trashy.

Heather Harris is reporter for the Norton Mirror, Mansfield News and Easton Journal. A three-sport high school athlete and two-sport college athlete, sports have long been a passion of hers. The mother of two can be seen keeping it real in Mansfield, where she resides. Heather Harris can be reached at hharris@wickedlocal.com