Report: Marshawn Lynch threatened with $500,000 fine for skipping Media Day
Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch, as noted previously, made an appearance on Tuesday at Super Bowl XLIX Media Day. Lynch of course — and not surprisingly — stuck to his practice of giving the media barely anything worthwhile, much less a quote of any substance or value.
Speaking of value, Lynch’s non-appearance appearance may have saved him a cool half-million dollars, according to a report from ESPN.
ESPN’s Ed Werder originally reported on Twitter that Lynch was threatened with an astounding $500,000 fine if he didn’t make himself accessible to reporters on Media Day. The belief is that the Seahawks running back did just enough to avoid the substantial monetary punishment.
With a throng of approximately 200 reporters around him, Lynch for the most part uttered the same phrase, “I’m here so I won’t get fined,” or some subtle variation of it. An NFL Players Association representative monitored the session, presumably to ensure that no funny business occurred … outside of Lynch saying the aforementioned line apparently 25 times, per Deadspin’s count, to 29 inquires sent his way.
The entire spectacle had all the trappings of the Theatre of the Absurd. After settling into his seat, Lynch set a timer and maintained held fast to maintaining his script of one-line responses, save for a few variants. Lynch remained at the podium for a reported 4 minutes, 51 seconds, at which time he said, “Time,” got up and left.
Lynch has been fined $100,000 this season for his stubborn refusal to cooperate fully as it relates to making himself available to the media, a strictly enforced aspect of the NFL’s arguably draconian player availability policies.