“Pure ignorance, simple as that,” 49ers safety Donte Whitner said Monday as the team cleared out its lockers in Santa Clara.
Part of Sherman’s motivation for sounding off so forcefully came to light Monday as a report from the Seattle Times claims Crabtree tried to start a fight with Sherman at an offseason charity event hosted by Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald.
Whatever the motivation, Sherman, who played at Stanford, certainly didn’t make any friends in the San Francisco locker room.
“He talks a lot,” 49ers tight end Vernon Davis said of Sherman. “Sometimes you just need to shut your mouth. You got the win. Be humble, be gracious and just accept it. ... Maybe he could learn from other people around the league that know how to be a true gentleman that show good sportsmanship.”
Whitner bothered by Seahawks fans’ behavior: Whitner was irked at any Seattle fans involved with throwing popcorn and other debris on injured linebacker NaVorro Bowman as he was carted off at CenturyLink Field.
“That’s pure ignorance,” said Whitner, who noted losing to the rival Seahawks “makes it a little worse ‘cuz I wanted to send those fans home crying.”
Briefly: LB Ahmad Brooks is scheduled to fly to Hawaii today to join the NFC Pro Bowl team, though the 49ers didn’t yet know whether other selections planned to attend or pull out of the game. ... C Jonathan Goodwin said he will listen to any offers this offseason but also might consider retirement. ... The Seahawks’ 23-17 victory over the 49ers in the NFC Championship averaged 55.9 viewers on Fox, up 17 percent from Ravens-Patriots in the late window in 2013. The AFC game between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots averaged 51.3 million viewers.
— Staff, wire report