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Marshawn Lynch fined $20,000 for crotch grab during NFC title game


For Marshawn Lynch, the chickens again have come home to roost related to his recent affinity for grabbing his crotch following  touchdown runs.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports in a Facebook post that an NFL official told him, as expected, that the Seattle Seahawks running back has been fined $20,000 by the league for his celebratory groin grab following his 24-yard touchdown run in the NFC Championship Game. Lynch’s “Beast Mode” effort on the run gave the Seahawks its first lead of the game during Seattle’s shockingly improbable comeback from 16 points down to beat the Green Bay Packers 28-22 in overtime.

Lynch previously was fined $11,050 for pulling the same move during a game against the Arizona Cardinals in December.

This may not be the end of the fines the NFL will impose upon Lynch in light of his actions during and after the NFC title game. Schefter reports that the league is considering fining him “significantly more” than the two $50,000 fines it has levied against the running back over the past two seasons — upheld despite Lynch’s appeal — after repeatedly refusing to make himself accessible to the media, an act of defiance Lynch committed once again following the NFC Championship Game Sunday. The fine for his most recent lack of cooperation with the media reportedly is expected to be announced soon.

Perhaps setting Lynch up for further potential fines — and substantial ones at that — is how players are required by the league to speak with the media on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of Super Bowl week. The league official told Schefter that the NFL is considering an escalating scale of fines for Lynch for each time he does not make himself available to the media going forward.

The NFL and the Seahawks reportedly are discussing how to address the Lynch situation and the running back’s steadfast refusal to cooperate with reporters and adhere to the league’s stringent policies regarding media availability.