Marshawn Lynch Fined $50K By NFL For Not Speaking To Media

by NESN Staff

November 19, 2014

RENTON, Wash. — The NFL has fined Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch $50,000 for violations of the league’s media policy.

League spokesman Michael Signora confirmed the fine Wednesday, which will total $100,000 against the Seahawks’ standout. Along with the $50,000 for violating the NFL media policy this year, the league is collecting the $50,000 fine that was imposed against Lynch for violations last season. The fine from 2013 was held in anticipation of future cooperation from Lynch.

The league’s media policy mandates that players must be available during the week and in the locker room following all games. Lynch has only spoken to reporters postgame after Seattle’s Week 9 victory over Oakland and did not talk the past two weeks after games against the Giants and Kansas City.

This is Lynch’s third fine for violations of the league’s media policy.

UPDATE (4:41 p.m.): Lynch was reportedly unaware of the fine until he received a call from ESPN’s Josina Anderson.

“I thought I covered my bases by doing an interview after the game — what I was told to do,” Lynch told Anderson by phone. “If it wasn’t good enough then I don’t know what to say. That’s it. Now I understand it wasn’t good enough for the league, or for whoever is fining me.”

Anderson also asked the running back if he plans on appealing the fine.

“Matter of fact, I’m about to get on the horn with my agent right now and see what’s up,” he told her.

Thumbnail photo via Denny Medley/USA TODAY Sports

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