NFL’s Fine of Richard Sherman is Nothing More Than an Embarrassment

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The NFL made yet another mistake. No, it’s not the fact that the Super Bowl is being played in cold weather, potentially declining the lure of people who are trying to attend the game. However, it’s the fact that Roger Goodell decided it was a good idea to fine Seattle Seahawks‘ star Richard Sherman for his taunting of San Francisco 49ers‘ receiver Michael Crabtree in a late-game situation in the NFC title game last week.

According to sources, Sherman is being fined $7,875 for his role in the taunting that happens in every game ever played with a majority of athletes.

I can see that Goodell is trying to make a serious effort of limiting the trash talking in the league and this fine will set up a precedent for those in the future who taunt a player in a high-emotion situation.

This fine couldn’t be more embarrassing for the NFL, however. This just shows that the freedom to say whatever you want is being restricted — even when nothing profane was said by Sherman. Never did he once use a curse word. The only thing he did wrong was portray himself as a crazy person on national TV.

We get it Goodell, you have power. You can weird your money-making sword whenever you want and strike a player when he looks at someone the wrong way. In an emotional situation such as the one Sherman was in, I want to see how many players wouldn’t react the way he did. He went up to Crabtree and said “good game” then slapped his rear. Sure, he caught Crabtree at a bad time and it was kind of a poor move, but he never did anything serious to provoke a shove to the face.

The NFL should be ashamed of this fine and it’s another instance of Goodell reaching his hand in the pocket of one of his money-makers.

Connor Muldowney is a columnist for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @Connormuldowney, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google. You can also reach him at connor.muldowney@rantsports.com.


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  • Joshua Clearwater

    Stupid, but you can’t be surprised….Roger ain’t gonna miss a chance to fine someone. Sherman talks big and backs it up…

  • chas territo

    I think it should’ve been more.There is no excuse for publicly embarrassing the league, those who violate this are committing a public service rape!!

  • Tenley Erickson

    You DO know it wasn’t for what Sherman said but for the CHOKE gesture he made towards Kap right?!?!?

    • Phil Naegely

      Why wait almost a week to dole out the fine though. A joke!

      • Tenley Erickson

        It has been less than a week and that is the norm for imposing fines in the NFL. And my point was this article implies the fine was for what Sherman said, which it was not.

        • Erifod

          Bingo! The Sherman apologists (this article’s author, too) have conveniently been leaving out the choking gesture, which even pro-Sherman Peter King called “bush league.”

          • Fritos

            Point is, Sherman apologized for his post game comments, he did the gesture after Crabtree shoved him, and even Goodell was quoted saying:

            “(Sherman) is such a great young man. He is extremely well-spoken, does great things off the field, obviously a great player on the field. I want him to present himself in the best possible way and make sure that he is reflecting on himself and his family in a positive way.”

            There are no apoligists for him. Between his fine and his apologies I think we can all forgive him and move on.

  • Tenley Erickson

    This statement….. “This fine couldn’t be more embarrassing for the NFL, however. This just shows that the freedom to say whatever you want is being restricted — even when nothing profane was said by Sherman. Never did he once use a curse word. The only thing he did wrong was portray himself as a crazy person on national TV”

    is probably one of the reasons I see dozens of people going off about how he was fined for his interview. People are misinformed and articles like this perpetuate anger regarding free speech. Sherman’s fine had nothing to do with what he said. Nor does this article mention the actual reason for the fine.

    That being said, the Author can think whatever he likes about the NFL and the fines imposed, but even Sherman knew when he threw up that choke sign there would be a fine.