Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman said he does not agree with a fine levied for his hit on Buffalo kicker Dan Carpenter, but says he won't appeal it.
Seahawk cornerback Richard Sherman said Thursday he will not appeal a fine levied against him by the NFL for what was determined to be a late hit on Buffalo kicker Dan Carpenter in Seattle’s 31-25 win over the Bills Monday night.
That doesn’t mean he agrees with it.
Sherman said he received a letter from the league informing him of the fine and said the league’s reasoning is that Sherman “hit him after the whistle.”
Sherman insists there was no whistle, despite the fact that the NFL says there was one.
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Sherman said that dispute makes it meaningless to try to fight the fine.
“They made sure they made it unappealable because they said they can’t hear the whistle on the film,” Sherman said. “And they said I hit him after the whistle, which was not true. But you can’t really appeal something that is ‘he said, she said.”’
Sherman jumped offsides as Carpenter attempted a field goal with three seconds left in the first half.
Sherman said he continued to try to block the kick because he did not hear a whistle and figured the Bills would be given a free attempt to make the field goal.
Sherman said he thinks the play might have gone relatively unnoticed and no fine levied if he had not been involved and had it not occurred on Monday night.
“I mean the league responds to public pressure on a number of issues and they have shown the ability to fold to public pressure,” Sherman said. “This is just another one of those opportunities. The public sees things in slow motion, super slow motion, so the league feels a reason to justify things.”
Sherman was not called for unnecessary roughness, but the league has since said he should have been, which was reinforced by the decision to levy the fine.
Sherman said he was merely playing out the play, and that the Bills would have been allowed to kick the field goal and get three points had he not tried to block it.
He recalled a play last year against Green Bay when Aaron Rodgers drew the Seahawks offsides but the play continued and Sherman ended up being called for a pass interference penalty on Ty Montgomery that set up a Packers’ field goal.
“People don’t understand the free play rules,’’ he said. “The only reason people understand them to any degree is there are so many of them nowadays. They don’t realize the plays are not called dead until the ref calls them dead.
“Spike the ball, the play is over. If everybody is going, they get a free play, they take a shot at the end zone. We’ve won games like that. We have thrown touchdown passes. But when the other team keeps playing, you keep playing. There was no whistle, so keep playing.’’
The Bills eventually were allowed to kick it again, but in what the league also said was a mistake, the Bills were penalized for a delay of game (the play clock mistakenly was allowed to run down to five seconds before the ball was put in play, which resulted in the delay. The NFL has said that should not have been allowed.)
Despite those officiating errors, it was also reported Thursday that the officiating crew, led by veteran Walt Anderson, would not be formally disciplined, though ESPN reported they were “downgraded” which would result in lesser post-season assignments, or none at all.
“And I am getting disciplined,” Sherman said. “That’s the way of our league. It just shows you every day they find new ways to surprise you.”
Sherman, though, smiled often as he spoke to reporters Thursday, sitting in an open drawer in front of his locker containing many pairs of his football cleats.
“I just enjoy it,” he said of the fine. “It makes me laugh. It’s entertaining. I sit in my shoes and just enjoy the rest of my day. We won the football game. That’s really all that matters.”
Sherman said it was the third time he had been fined.
“It’d be a long, thoughtless process” to appeal, Sherman said. “Their logic is impeccable. So it’s not really a fight. But I’m still fine with everything. It makes no difference.”