Richard Sherman fined by NFL for 'choke' gesture

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Sherman initially said he wasn't sorry for the gesture he made toward Colin Kaepernick, but after being hit in the wallet, he may change his tune.

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The NFL has fined Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman $7,875 for making a choking gesture toward San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick during the NFC Championship on Sunday, according to Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee.

Sherman made waves for not only talking on the field, but for his postgame interview in which he called out 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree. While the talking didn't get Sherman in much trouble other than in the court of public opinion, the gestures he made were considered taunting and got Sherman in a bit of financial trouble with the league.

Following the game, Sherman tried to shake Crabtree's hand and later admitted it was bad timing to do so. In his postgame press conference, Sherman did not apologize for the gesture he made toward Kaepernick.

"Nah man, it's Reggie Miller," Sherman said in the press conference. "It's rivalries."

Sherman will have an even bigger stage in the Super Bowl on Feb. 2. Maybe the fine and public backlash will be enough to keep him from talking, but that seems like a long shot.

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