NFL: Sherman fined for unsportsmanlike conduct/taunting

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NFL: Sherman fined for unsportsmanlike conduct/taunting
January 24, 2014, 2:15 pm
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Richard Sherman was flagged for taunting after his deflected pass resulted in a game-clinching interception. He was fined for it on Friday. (AP)

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Richard Sherman was fined $7,875 for unsportsmanlike conduct/taunting near the end of the Seahawks' win over the 49ers' in the NFC title game, the NFL announced today.

In the closing seconds last Sunday, Colin Kaepernick lofted a pass toward Michael Crabtree in the back right corner of the end zone. Sherman made a leaping deflection and linebacker Malcolm Smith recorded the interception to clinch the victory.

Sherman, the mouthy All-Pro cornerback, then sprinted over to Crabtree as the 49ers' wide receiver was walking off the field, and slapped him on the butt and tried to shake his hand. This resulted in a taunting penalty.

Sherman then directed a "choke" gesture at Kaepernick and the 49ers' sideline.

“I’m the best corner in the game,” Sherman then shouted during his postgame interview with FOX’s Erin Andrews, “when you try me with a sorry receiver like Crabtree, that’s the result you’re going to get.”

San Francisco defensive backs Donte Whitner and Carlos Rogers were not fined for their unnecessary roughness penalties.

In fact, Whitner was penalized five times for unnecessary roughness during the course of the season and did not lose any money as a result. The NFL fined Whitner $21,000 for a hit against St. Louis Rams receiver Chris Givens in Week 2, but the fine was overturned on appeal.


Seattle's Chris Maragos was not fined for running into the punter Andy Lee in the third quarter.

Additionally, the NFL has no update on any findings concerning a member of the 49ers' staff making contact with Seattle gunner Jeremy Lane on a second-quarter punt. Coach Jim Harbaugh said he was a witness to the incident that involved an unidentified 49ers intern on the sideline.

"I saw Jeremy deep into our box and I turned around," Harbaugh said. "What I saw was our guy do the exact same thing. I was practically in his shoes because we both turned around and saw the same thing.

"And he did run into our guy and kind of stumbled down to the ground. But our guy was in a spot back where he was supposed to be. I saw it with my own two eyes. I saw the same kind of reaction. He made the same reaction that I did. So, it was bang-bang. I could be called for a witness on that because I saw it."

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