League fines Sherman for taunting

NEW YORK — Seahawks CB Richard Sherman was fined $7,875 on Friday by the league for unsportsmanlike conduct/taunting late in Sunday's NFC title game.

Sherman made a choking gesture toward the 49ers bench after deflecting a pass that turned into the clinching interception.

Sherman ran over and, after tapping 49ers WR Michael Crabtree, the intended receiver whom he covered for most of the game, on the backside, extended his hand for a handshake. NFL Films caught Sherman saying, "Hell of a game, hell of a game." Crabtree shoved Sherman in the face. The All-Pro cornerback then made a choking gesture. (He later said it was directed at 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick.)

Crabtree was not fined.

A few minutes later, he gave the interview to Fox's Erin Andrews that became a national sensation.

More Sherman: Seattle owner Paul Allen said he is not concerned about the controversy over Sherman's postgame comments.

"When you sit down and talk to Richard, he's a very engaging, intelligent, good-hearted guy," the owner of the NBA's Blazers said during Thursday's game against the Nuggets. "All of us realize if you're going to the Super Bowl, everything gets magnified."

Harvin ready: Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said all systems are go for WR Percy Harvin, who missed the NFC title game with a concussion.

Harvin, a former Florida Gator who also missed 15 of 16 regular-season games after offseason hip surgery, has been a full participant at practice all week. And Carroll said he will "do everything we want him to do," which might include returning kickoffs.

Sick kicker: Broncos K Matt Prater missed his second straight practice with the flu. But he's expected to be ready in plenty of time for the Super Bowl.

Super Bowl XLVIII

When/where: 6:30 Feb 2; MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J.

TV: Ch. 13

League fines Sherman for taunting 01/24/14 [Last modified: Friday, January 24, 2014 11:30pm]

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