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Richard Sherman fined for taunting Michael Crabtree at end of NFC championship game

Apparently the NFL doesn't look too kindly on a player giving a "hell of a game!" and trying to get a handshake from an opponent right after the game.

Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman, who has been the subject of debate all week after last Sunday's NFC championship game, was fined $7,875 by the NFL for his "unsportsmanlike conduct" in taunting 49ers receiver Michael Crabtree, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported. (Rapoport later said it was also for the choke gesture towards the 49ers.)

After Sherman deflected a pass that was intercepted in the final minute, sealing the Seahawks' win and trip to the Super Bowl, Sherman went up to Crabtree and patted him on the backside and said something that caused Crabtree to push his face mask. NFL Films' "Sound FX" had Sherman mic'ed up for the game, and their footage showed that Sherman just said "Hell of a game!" twice to Crabtree.

The fine follows in line with commissioner Roger Goodell's comments on "CBS This Morning," which come via Pro Football Talk:

“It’s an emotional game, and you see a young man who comes off the field and he’s pumped up, and there’s so much excitement in the stadium, but no, I’m not cheering for that because he’s a great young man, he’s extremely well spoken, does great things off the field, obviously a great player on the field," Goodell said. "I want him to present himself in the best possible way, and make sure that he’s reflecting on himself and his family in a positive way. He took away a little bit from the team. That was what he said yesterday. I thought that was a very interesting comment and I think it’s fair."

Sherman has already apologized for his actions at the end of the game. Now he'll pay for what he did out of his pocket.

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