Report: Marshawn Lynch settles $75,000 fine for avoiding media
Marshawn Lynch and the NFL reportedly have reached a settlementconcerning a $75,000 fine he was assessed due to his refusal to speak with the media after the Seattle Seahawks beat the Green Bay Packers in the NFL Championship Game, per Ian Rapoport.
An appeal hearing, scheduled for this week, reportedly has been canceled. Interestingly, the fine had not been previously reported nor disclosed until this week.
The Seahawks’ media-averse running back created a trademark phrase out of his unwillingness to play ball and adhere to the NFL’s policies related to media availability, uttering “I’m just here so I don’t get fined” on several occasions leading up to Super Bowl XLIX.
While there is no indication to the exact nature of the settlement, Rapoport adds that the NFL “expects Lynch to comply with policy going forward.” We shall see.
Fines are nothing new for Lynch. He was fined $100,000 by the NFL after failing to speak to the media following a game against the Kansas City Chiefs on Nov. 16 when his appeal was denied. 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.
Lynch was also fined $20,000 for a crotch-grab after he scored a touchdown during the aforementioned title game against the Packers after being previously was fined $11,050 for pulling the same move during a game against the Arizona Cardinals in December.
The NFL additionally threatened Lynch with a $500,000 fine if he didn’t make an appearance and speak during Media Day ahead of Super Bowl XLIX, which of course gave rise to his “I’m just here so I don’t get fined” rhetoric.
It appears his snarky compliance nevertheless cost him something in the end, although due to the settlement, it may not have been the original seventy-five grand.