Sherman fined $7,875 for taunting by NFL
posted at 6:47 pm on January 24, 2014 by Ed Morrissey
Strictly speaking, this fine for Seattle Seahawk Richard Sherman isn’t for the brief altercation with Michael Crabtree or Sherman’s interview with Erin Andrews after the game, but for the “choke” taunt afterward aimed at Colin Kaepernick after Sherman’s game-winning play. But … how did they come up with the figure?
Meanwhile, his actions immediately after the final 49ers offensive play of the game has drawn a fine for the league. The league has confirmed with PFT that Sherman was fined $7,875 for taunting and unsportsmanlike conduct.
Sherman knocked away a pass intended for 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree in the end zone with seconds to play in the fourth quarter and the ball wound up in the hands of Seahawks linebacker Malcolm Smith. After the play, Sherman left his celebrating teammates, approached Crabtree and drew a flag for taunting.
Was $7850 not enough of a disincentive, but $7900 just too harsh? Why not $7,873.26? I’m sure there’s a real formula at work here, but it looks as ridiculous as much of the criticism of Sherman did in perspective.
Speaking of that, here’s what actually transpired immediately after the play:
Sherman, as captured by NFL Films, stuck out his hand and said “helluva game, helluva game” to Crabtree, who responded by shoving Sherman in the facemask. Crabtree was not fined.
Follow the link to a longer video, but this one captures the event clearly, as Sherman was mic’d up for the game:
That’s why Sherman got riled up, and why the trash talk should have been kept in perspective.