Seahawks' Sheldon Richardson calls fine for his hit on Drew Stanton 'extortion'

Seahawks defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson was not a fan of the $18,231 fine he received for his late hit on Cardinals quarterback Drew Stanton in Week 10.

“It’s kind of just extortion really,’’ Richardson told the Seattle Times. “Guy pushes you in the back and trips you on the play and you are catching your balance the whole time and then you just happen, I don’t know. They said ‘avoid him,’ but he still has the ball. It’s like what do you do?’’

Richardson is appealing the fine because, according to him, it wasn’t a “dirty hit.”

“I didn’t try to hit him in the legs or nothing and once again people fail to realize it’s still football,” he said. “Pretty sure they are just fining guys for every personal foul and not even looking at the film and not even making the consideration of did I try to avoid the guy.’’

The Seahawks acquired Richardson this offseason in a trade that sent wide receiver Jermaine Kearse to the Jets. Seattle also traded a second round pick to New York while the two teams swapped seventh-round picks.

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