Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman’s interview immediately after the end of the NFC Championship Game has been a talking point well beyond the usual football outlets this week.
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.
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.
The two players reportedly have had disagreements in the past and they’ll get a chance to renew acquaintances at least twice next season.