Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman’s outburst following the NFC Championship Game has gotten a ton of press this week, and he’s sure to get even more now. On Friday the NFL fined Sherman $7,875 for unsportsmanlike conduct/taunting during the final minute of Sunday’s game against the San Francisco 49ers.
Sherman was flagged for making a choking gesture towards San Francisco’s bench that he claims was directed at 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. That came after Sherman deflected a pass intended for Michael Crabtree in the end zone that was intercepted by linebacker Malcolm Smith, sealing Seattle’s 23-17 win.
After the play, Sherman slapped Crabtree on the behind and reached out to shake his hand, but Crabtree responded by shoving him in the face. Sherman then made the gesture. The All-Pro cornerback was the only player fined for conduct during the game.
Sherman has since apologized for his comments following the game, though some enjoyed how candid he was. It was clearly an emotional moment and the 25-year-old’s outburst reflected that. He and Crabtree have never been fond of one another, but that entire sequence took the rivalry to another level.
As for this week, expect Sherman to be all over television during the lead up to Super Bowl XLVIII, since he’s one of the few personalities in the game people will be able to identify. The Denver Broncos have Peyton Manning and not many other household names, and the Seahawks also don’t have many guys casual fans can pick out of a lineup.