Marshawn Lynch loses appeal, will have to pay $100K for not speaking to media
Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch’s attempt to have a $100,000 fine rescinded by appeal has failed, a league source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter, who first reported the news on Twitter Thursday.
Lynch was fined $100,000 in total for failing to speak to the media following a game against the Kansas City Chiefs on Nov. 16. The total of the fine was $50,000 with an additional $50,000 tacked on that had been held in abeyance stemming from the running back’s refusal to speak during Super Bowl XLVIII’s media day last January.
At the time Lynch’s appeal was first announced, his agent, Doug Hendrickson, said extenuating circumstances prevented Lynch from speaking with the media, including an injured back, but that his client later did conduct an interview with Mike Silver of NFL Media.
Hendrickson took to Twitter Thursday afternoon to express his sentiments regarding the fine being upheld.
@MoneyLynch will keep speaking the truth on the field….old school, throwback, warrior, best in league. 100k for not talking…joke…
— Doug Hendrickson (@DHendrickson41) January 8, 2015
Lynch’s teammate Richard Sherman later used the fine as comedic fodder during a bizarre press conference where the Seahawks cornerback eviscerated the NFL for many of its policies and practices, including its stance on players making themselves available to the media.
Lynch’s relationship with the media can be referred to as shaky at best. Always reluctant to say much of anything to reporters for the most part, Lynch followed up the incident following the Chiefs game with another tight-lipped interaction with the media the next week, where he answered every question with a “yeah” or “maybe,” as well as one “no juice,” following a game against Arizona Cardinal on Nov. 23.
[H/T Seattle Post-Intelligencer]