Posted January 23, 2014

Fox Sports cut Richard Sherman short because it started to get ‘dangerous’

NFC West, Seattle Seahawks, Super Bowl XLVIII
Richard Sherman's interview with Erin Andrew following the NFC title game stole headlines early this week.

Richard Sherman’s interview with Erin Andrew following the NFC title game stole headlines early this week. (Robert Beck/SI)

Why did Fox Sports cut short the Richard Sherman interview with Erin Andrews last Sunday? The network addressed the reason in full on Thursday afternoon during a conference call with Fox Super Bowl announcers and production staffers.

“I saw a train coming down the tracks,” said Fox Sports producer Richie Zyontz, who produced the Seahawks-Niners game. “It was compelling television. And like Joe [Buck] had mentioned earlier [during the conference call] we kind of had a preview of that in our production meeting [with Sherman]. It started crossing over a line that I did not want to see us go. Erin handled it very well, but I kind of said, Let’s end this thing. He’s a good guy, an intelligent guy, an emotional guy and it was very compelling  to watch. But it started getting a little dangerous for us.”

Fox announcer Joe Buck said Sherman discussed his issues with Niners receiver Michael Crabtree during a production meeting a couple of days before the game.

“He wasn’t crazy,” Buck said. “We went player by player and obviously as a corner he is going to cover a lot of guys. He said he [Crabtree] was mediocre receiver, which is what he said to the world after the game, anyway. You know those meetings are really privileged information and this kind of went into a different category and it was not our place or our desire to start up any personal feuds that a guy may have with another guy. If we start down that path as announcers, I think we are working our way into a dumb area. That is not something we are about. Richard handled that the way Richard wanted to handle that after the game and it was maybe surprising to know that what he told us in a seemingly quiet moment, he said to the world.”

While the Sound FX footage above makes it appear that Sherman walked away from Andrews, Fox producers said on Thursday that they cut away.

293 comments
GeorgeCoburn
GeorgeCoburn

Another Fox lie. They are manipulating you people, do a little research on this subject and you will understand what is really going on. Sherman ended that interview, not Fox...

DavidMcCaskill
DavidMcCaskill

Nice try by FoxSports.. You didn't cut the interview.  He walked off.. Typical Fox

PhD
PhD

You gotta love it, it's a week later and the topic isn't that the Seahawks have a great team and are going to the Superbowl for only the second time in their history. Nope, the topic is still Richard Sherman and what a 'me first' he is. This is great, cause thanks to him the TEAM will never get the respect or notoriety that other Superbowl teams get, especially if they lose to the Broncos, but even if they win, the topic and spotlight will remain on what he did or didn't do. Bottom line: No respect or notoriety thanks to Richard Sherman..

floorme1955
floorme1955

So now-- Sherman is changing the definition of words-- THUG is the new N-WORD-- really? I am sick and tired of people taking away words-- according to Sherman THG is a code word for the N-WORD- so I looked it up- first in the URBAN DICTIONARY, after all is victimaztion is going to be perpetuated, you could count of the race card to be played there- but here is what is says: As Tupac defined it, a thug is someone who is going through struggles, has gone through struggles, and continues to live day by day with nothing for them. That person is a thug. and the life they are living is the thug life. A thug is NOT a gangster. Look up gangster and gangsta. Not even CLOSE, my friend.-- BTW- earlier this week Justin Beiber was called a thug by a number of news outlets-- JUSTIN BEIBER is as white bread as you can get-- 

FOOLKILLER
FOOLKILLER

Manning's gonna torch this long hair circus freak.

JimStumbo
JimStumbo

What do people expect? He was specifically asked about that play against Crabtree. Right after Crabtree pushes him in the face instead of shaking his hand. Of course he is going to say what a punk Crabtree is. They are lucky it was not worse.

TheHip1
TheHip1

FAUX is awful in everything they do.  

paul.h.charland
paul.h.charland

Fox all around is a controlling coward of the new industry. Their new stories are run by the rich and the conservative. It's one of the many reasons that those who know do not watch Fox at all.

jeebs
jeebs

SI.com slowly becoming the FOX"News" of sports coverage and I'm slowly becoming an ESPN.com user.

olis_tx
olis_tx

This is completely disingenuous of them.  Watch the mic'ed up video on the nfl website to see the truth.


1. Sherman was giving reporters the same kind of interview he gave Erin before it was her turn.  Erin was right there listening to his comments.

2. Sherman gave Erin a bear hug right before her interview.  She obviously wasn't intimidated by him.

3. Fox didn't cut the interview short, Sherman did.  He abruptly said he was done and walked away.

x72
x72

It will be racist if the Broncos win the SB.

JimMurphy
JimMurphy

They didn't "end it".  What a bunch of BS.  Erin started to ask another question and Sherman turned and walked away.  Watch the video.  Hard to believe that Fox would even put a story out like this when the truth is so flipping obvious.  Erin Andrews has even been on the radio saying she loved the interview and was glad she didn't get canned answers from Sherman.   Shame on Fox for trying to sensationalize this.  Absolutely shameful journalism.

RichardGould
RichardGould

Dangerous!!!!!!!!!!!! Really??? This Nation is so becoming a a bunch of scared little Children!!!

htmurgatroid
htmurgatroid

I think it is very disingenuous for Buck to say : "it was not our place or our desire to start up any personal feuds that a guy may have with another guy".  It is the stock in trade of the sports media --ALL SPORTS MEDIA --- to try to trick guys, during an interview, into saying something very controversial or incendiary in order to create a media flap with "legs".  They do it every day, all the time. don't pretend that you don't. 

x72
x72

Bravo Fox sports. Thanks for telling us the truth. Sherman is a disgrace and was a total embarrassment in that interview. You guys did the world a favor by pulling the plug.

hubrob107
hubrob107

Fox Sports producer Richie Zyontz...Fox lies about EVERYTHING...even sports reporting

hubrob107
hubrob107

This producer is a LIAR....Sherm WALKED away AFTER saying LOB...LYING PRODUCER

yadda71
yadda71

That's interesting because in the NFL video of him being mic'd up, Sherman says "i'm done" and walks away. Is that Fox pulling the plug?

T5
T5

"You know those meetings are really privileged information. . ." - but Joe Buck tells us anyway. The only thing that is "dangerous" is the fact that Fox will do anything for ratings, even out right lie.


Look - Sherman was on a very powerful drug. Adrenaline. I've seen guys go crazy after sinking a 30 foot putt and I know from experience that it takes an hour to come down from a parachute jump high. Just the ride in a small prop plane with the door open is enough to make some folks whacked out for days. If you don't want to hear what an amped up athlete has to say minutes after an emotional game then DON'T SHOVE A MIC IN THEIR FACE.


If there is any blame here at all it falls on Fox and Fox Sports producer Richie Zyontz, not Richard Sherman.

Mr. J
Mr. J

Okay his rant was unnecessary and childish but I think it is a little ridiculous for people who sit around and promote a violent game to say it was getting "dangerous".....Dangerous?? really just shows how soft and snooty people think of others how was an interview getting "dangerous",,,if its so dangerous don't watch promote or be involved in football...I am sure hockey and baseball brawls are so eloquent and manly and non thuggish...Two face people in this country amaze me....

TheDistrict
TheDistrict

For what it's worth Larry Bird was one of the biggest trash-talkers in sports history - he even says as much in his autobiography, Drive. 

TheDistrict
TheDistrict

I'm not one to pull the race card but this is pretty racist. 

Joey9
Joey9

@floorme1955 

Two things here, first pick of a real dictionary, and you will find that a thug is a criminal. Next you most  out of your mind if you think they were using the term thug in the same manner as Tupac.

GoSkins81
GoSkins81

Please post links of those major news outlets calling beiber a thug. I'd love to be able to prove a few people wrong! Thanks dude!

J57
J57

@TheHip1Except in the ratings where they trounce the competition.

J57
J57

@paul.h.charlandThen how is it that Fox News again trounces the competition in ratings? CNN and MSNBC are far worse than Fox for distorting the news.

SouthWestYankee
SouthWestYankee

@jeebs ... If it weren't for Fox, we would be clueless as to what is really going on in the country. But you can enjoy the bankrupt ESPN. they are full of BS reporting....

Richard--Ramirez
Richard--Ramirez

@olis_tx Sherman is the victim, poor guy. It's all a conspiracy by the man to keep Sherman down.

olis_tx
olis_tx

@x72 


Watch the mic'ed up video on the nfl site and then try to reconcile Fox's claim that they pulled the plug.

htmurgatroid
htmurgatroid

@hubrob107since the camera cut away from Sherman to focus on Russel Wilson before Sherman gets to the end of the sentence how do you know he walked away?  All you do know is that after he says "LOB" she starts to ask another question and then stops and says "back over to you"....but you don't SEE what is happening then.  You see Russel Wilson.

johnnybigrig
johnnybigrig

@T5Not to mention that the whole tirade would probably have not occurred had Crabtree not shoved Sherman in the face when he tried to congratulate him on a "nice game". Another Fact Fox Forgot. Sure they did....

P.e.Edwards
P.e.Edwards

@T5 On top of that in an Interview Erin Andrews admitted that they new that there was a possibility that Sherman would say something explosive after the game so she set up to make sure that she could get to him right away

Starstruck
Starstruck

@Mr. J In the same way that a wardrobe malfunction is 'dangerous' for a network, so is an 'intelligence' malfunction. 

Bully
Bully

@TheDistrict His idea of trash talk was, "You can't guard me!" Swing and a miss!

KeithKoloff
KeithKoloff

@TheDistrictJust proves how sick white people really are which is why some blacks never wanted to integrate. Interview getting dangerous?  The little blonde probably got aroused wondering about what that passionate strong brother would do to her . They all heard the myth.  Ask your daughters

paul.h.charland
paul.h.charland

@SouthWestYankee @jeebs You really need to pay attention to the details. Fox is known for being one of the most "managed" news organization in history. Look it up. There is plenty out there to read about it.

robslackjr
robslackjr

@SouthWestYankee@jeebs 

Sure, if you want a bunch of angry delusion, Fox is the way to go! Basically a bunch of angry dog-whistling to get elderly southerners excited...

olis_tx
olis_tx

@Richard--Ramirez @olis_tx 


My post was about Fox's claims.  Fox did not end the interview, Sherman did.  Erin Andrews couldn't have thought she was in danger -- she just watched him give the same interview to others.  Read more carefully.  Watch the video and then try to defend Fox's claims.

olis_tx
olis_tx

@htmurgatroid @hubrob107  


The nfl site has a mic'ed up video showing the entire interview, starting with Sherman giving another reporter an interview and ending with Sherman saying LOB and abruptly walking away from Andrews.  Fox couldn't have continued the interview if they wanted to.

jhardee76
jhardee76

@KeithKoloff

Let's see if I understand, Keith. You call Fox News racist. But, then you make racist comments about white people. Then you make stereotypical comments about black people. So racism is bad from Fox News but ok from a dumb a$$ like you? Not to mention that Fox News had absolutely nothing to do with this interview. This was Fox Sports. 

FrankBeans
FrankBeans

@KeithKoloff @TheDistrict Use your brain.  They didn't mean dangerous in a physical way, like someone was going to get hurt.  They meant he could say something offensive or vulgar.  Something that could get the network fined.  That is a reasonable thought.