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NFL fines Marshawn Lynch $50k for not speaking to the media all season

01/05/2014 at 7:12 am By

marshawn lynchSeattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch was handed one of the largest fines of the season by the NFL last week for refusing to speak to the media, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

According to a Seahawks source, the league fined Lynch $50,000 for not speaking to the media throughout this season until Friday, when he briefly met with and spoke to reporters.

Despite his silence Lynch had a solid season for Seattle, rushing for 1,257 yards and leading the NFL with 12 rushing touchdowns.

When Lynch did speak to the media Friday, the conversation was quite short:

Lynch: “Gone pretty well.” 

How much does it help you to have the week off before your first playoff game? 

Lynch: “Rest helps. It refreshes your body.” 

How do you feel about the upcoming playoffs? 

Lynch: “I feel good. I like our chances.” 

What changed to get the running game going again last week? 

Lynch: “It was just all of us coming together and playing the game.” 

How has practice been this week with the first-team offense going against the first-team defense. 

Lynch: “We just took the approach of going all out against ourselves this week. When you get to practice against the best, it brings the best out of you.” 

You had a big game in the last home playoff game (the Beast Quake TD run against New Orleans in 2010). Do you see a big game for you next weekend? 

Lynch: “I just hope to win, boss. Thank you. I appreciate it.” 

The whole interview lasted approximately one minutes and 23 seconds. Hope the NFL feels like it got it’s money’s worth.

-ALR

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2 Comments so far

  1. Nuny Dam Bidness

    on 01/05/2014 - Reply

    I find the NFL’s action to be filled with bullsh*t. They actually fine a man 50,000 dollars because he doesn’t want to give the media something else to twist out of shape or to harp on for weeks. He should have the right to tell the media to “f” off. He is doing his job of being a running back. Let the team officials do the “media” thing. It’s this b.s. kind of mentality that allowed women into the mens locker rooms back in the day. The NFL doesn’t have to kiss the media’s fanny to get the games on TV. Advertising take care of that. Leave the players alone and let them do the job they are paid for, which is play the game.

  2. Injun Joe

    on 01/05/2014 - Reply

    When professional athletes and coaches sign on, the contracts must eliminate their constitutional right to privacy, as well as, the right of free speech when speaking to the media. There has to be, or else it would be illegal to fine them. Right?

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