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Paul Allen defends Richard Sherman

Seattle Seahawks owner Paul Allen defends cornerback Richard Sherman, stating that he is "good-hearted" despite his outburst criticising San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree.

Seattle Seahawks owner Paul Allen has defended cornerback Richard Sherman amid criticism of his outspoken comments.

Following his side's win over the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC championship game, the 25-year-old lambasted 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree branding him "mediocre".

"When you sit down and talk to Richard, he's a very engaging, intelligent, good-hearted guy," Allen told The AP.

"All of us realise, if you're going to the Super Bowl, everything gets magnified. You have to keep that in your mind."

The Seahawks face the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium on February 2.

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