Trent Williams shoved Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman in the face in the aftermath of the Washington Redskins’ season-ending playoff loss Sunday and expressed regret minutes later.
Sherman appeared to make a “goodbye” gesture with his hand after the Seahawks beat the Redskins 24-14, and Williams took exception to it when the teams met at midfield.
“Just high emotions, man. You know I let ‘em get the best of me. It’s nobody’s fault but mine,” Williams said. “I’ve got to calm down a little bit. When you lose a game like this with high intensity, I was a little on edge. I reacted in an immature manner.”
Williams, a team captain who has been praised for his growth as a person and player during this Pro Bowl season, didn’t want to explain what exactly Sherman had done to anger him.
Replays showed Williams shoving Sherman with his open right hand. He needed to be restrained by wide receiver Brandon Banks.
The 24-year-old left tackle took responsibility for his actions.
“I’m taught better than that. I’ve just got to be better, man,” Williams said. “It’s my first playoff run and I had a season end like that and then to kind be taunted, it takes a bigger man to walk away the next time. I’ve just got to be a bigger man.”