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Seahawks' Richard Sherman fined $7,875 for taunting

8:10 PM, Jan 24, 2014   |    comments
Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman has been the talk of the NFL since his role on the final play of the NFC Championship Game and subsequent interview with Fox's Erin Andrews. (Photo: Steven Bisig, USA TODAY Sports)
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(USA TODAY) Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman earned the kind of exposure money can't buy with his play and his antics at the end of last weekend's NFC Championship Game.

The NFL is taking a little of his actual money, though. A league spokesman said Friday that Sherman has been fined $7,875 because he "unnecessarily taunted his opponent."

AUDIO: What Sherman said to Crabtree

Sherman also drew a flag for taunting after tipping the victory-clinching interception to teammate Malcolm Smith in the final minute of Sunday's 23-17 victory over the San Francisco 49ers, sending the Seahawks to Super Bowl XLVIII.

After the play, Sherman offered a handshake to 49ers receiver Michael Crabtree, who shoved him away, and flashed a choke sign he said was aimed at quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Crabtree was not fined.

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Sherman then called out Crabtree in an aggressive interview on Fox with Erin Andrews that has become the source of ceaseless discussion during the bye week.

The Seahawks leave for New York on Sunday. The Super Bowl is Feb. 2 against the Denver Broncos at MetLife Stadium.

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