The NFL fined Washington offensive lineman Trent Williams $7,875 for striking an opponent in the face, a league spokesman confirmed.
The incident occurred on the field after the game when Williams sought out Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman, who had taken off his helmet and was congratulating opposing players. Williams — who still had his helmet on — walked up to Sherman, initiating a confrontation.
“What you going to do, boy,” Sherman responded.
“I’m going to hit you in your (expletive) face,” Williams said, and then he did just that, hitting Sherman with an open-handed swipe.
Sherman confirmed earlier this week that Williams subsequently sent a text message apologizing, and Sherman said the incident was in the past.
The fine does make the pecking order of NFL transgressions a little clearer, though:
$21,000 for Golden Tate’s block of Dallas linebacker Sean Lee — a play in which Tate tried to hit Lee squarely in his chest.
$7,875 — Fine for hitting a helmet-less opponent in the face after a game on the field.
Priceless — Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez going #Beastmode in a Marshawn Lynch jersey and helmet. Seriously. It’s him. Which is kind of awesome.