NFL roundup: Seahawks' Sherman fined for taunting

By The Sports Xchange
POSTED: 3:58 PM Jan 24 2014   UPDATED: 3:59 PM Jan 24 2014

Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman was fined $7,875 by the NFL for taunting an opponent in Sunday's NFC Championship game against the San Francisco 49ers.

Sherman was not fined for his postgame comments that were critical of 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree.

Rather, he was fined for his onfield actions during the game, although the NFL did not specify the actions that brought the fine.

After Sherman had just deflected a pass intended for Crabtree in the end zone that was intercepted by linebacker Malcolm Smith in the final minute, Sherman extended his hand for a handshake with Crabtree, who shoved Sherman in the face.

Sherman was then penalized for making a choking gesture toward the San Francisco bench. Sherman said it was directed at quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

---Seahawks owner Paul Allen defended Sherman, who has faced a backlash of criticism throughout the week for comments.

"When you sit down and talk to Richard, he's a very engaging, intelligent, good-hearted guy," Allen said, according to the Associated Press. "All of us realize, if you're going to the Super Bowl, everything gets magnified. You have to keep that in your mind."

---Former Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent will serve 180 days in jail and received probation for intoxication manslaughter.

A jury found Brent guilty on Wednesday and he was given a 10-year prison sentence. However, the sentence was suspended and he was given 10 years of probation instead. Texas law mandates 180 days of jail time due to the probation.

In December 2012, Brent drove a car that killed friend and former teammate Jerry Brown in a crash in which Brown was a passenger.

Brent retired before the Cowboys started training camp last year.

---Washington Redskins tight end Fred Davis may be suspended for another failed drug test, CBS Sports reported.

Davis reportedly tested positive for marijuana for a second time. He has been suspended before for the same offense. This time, he faces a six-game ban.

--- Despite the criticism Patriots coach Bill Belichick heaped on Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker for his hit on Aqib Talib in the AFC Championship Game, Welker was not fined or disciplined by the NFL for the play, reported Friday.

The NFL confirmed its decision on Friday, according to the report.

---Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon, who is now a radio analyst for Seattle Seahawks games, was scammed out of $200,000 by someone who sold Moon Miami Heat tickets that did not exist, reported.

According to the report, a person known as George French Jones offered Moon four courtside tickets for a Heat game for $200,000. Moon also was told that if he bought the tickets, it would be seen as a down payment of sorts for a 5 percent ownership stake in the Heat.

Moon's agent wired $200,000 to a bank in Pasadena, Calif., to complete the transaction. Moon never received the tickets, and Jones has since disappeared.

---The Miami Dolphins announced that they interviewed New England Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio for their general manager job.

--- New York Giants offensive lineman David Diehl announced that he is retiring after 11 seasons with the team.

He started the first 120 regular-season games of his career, and was a starter on two Super Bowl champion teams.

--- The San Diego Chargers hired Pete Metzelaars as the team's tight ends coach, the Chargers announced Friday.

Metzelaars played tight end in the NFL for 16 seasons and was the Buffalo Bills tight ends coach in 2012.