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Lynch fined $50,000 for not talking

Post by Todd Dybas / The News Tribune on Jan. 5, 2014 at 9:20 pm with 13 Comments »
January 5, 2014 9:26 pm

We touched on this this morning, but to reiterate: There were various reports Sunday that Marshawn Lynch was fined $50,000 by the NFL for not talking to the media all season prior to last Friday. ESPN first reported the fine.

A league spokesperson told USA Today that they were unaware until last week that Lynch had not been talking all season.

Players are contractually obligated to speak with the media. The typical expectation is that they are available twice a week during the season: after the game and once during the week leading up to the game.

We discussed how Lynch is an enigma when it comes to dealing with the media and his teammates, the other day.

Lynch passed along some of the negative sentiment directed toward the league for his fine on Twitter. Here are a couple examples:

Leave a comment Comments → 13
  1. That just seems so wrong!!!!! We’ve all seen ML on the Real Rob Report last season, so it seemed like ML was at least as available as the average OLineman…

  2. bsinnitt says:

    Don’t the “stop freakin’, call Beacon” ads count for anything?! He goes beyond the typical post game and adds plumbing tips as well.

  3. Could this be the start of Seahawks vs the man?? (ie: refs)

  4. So if players are contractually obligated to speak to the media, where’s my twice weekly Clint Gresham update?

  5. bsinnitt says:

    Nice JZ. So Clint, how does it feel to be paid six figures for chucking a ball between your legs?

  6. The_12TH_Hawk says:

    Oh this blog is funny. Yes I want to know how our long snapper feels about chucking balls between his legs twice a week.

  7. Screensmoke says:

    Leave the beast alone- better yet piss him off

  8. chuck_easton says:

    The NFL will only fine a player if someone in the media complains.

    Who’s the rat, and what SF or NO paper does he/she work for?

  9. thoughtful1 says:

    This is so stupid. Maybe ML just yielded his time to others who suffer the media fools more gladly. Leave the guy alone! I can think of a few sports celebrities who should be paid $50K to shut up!

  10. aelliott11 says:

    Chuck is right – who’s the rat?

  11. Macabrevity says:

    I’d like to fine Goodell for being a (___________)

    Does Marshawn have any legal rights in this or do they just automatically garner wages?

  12. SlickToxic21 says:

    The media has the right to request interviews with players….usually post game…..the player is required to oblige.
    So it was probably requested of him several times throughout the year, and he obviously declined. Don’t know why the media would want to talk to him anyways….clearly not comfortable or articulate doing it.
    But to fine him NOW after he finally does an interview, and with playoffs in full gear, and with Seattle being one of the favorites to make it to the SB??!! Just another ridiculous and untimely fine by the NFL.

  13. Singularitarian says:

    He probably did his last interview knowing he was going to get fined

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