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Skittles shoes cost Marshawn Lynch 10K

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Marshawn Lynch’s love of Skittles paid off in the form of free candy earlier this season, but now it is costing him some cash.

Lynch wore cleats with a Skittles pattern for last Sunday’s game against the 49ers, which likely made the candy makers very happy. It wasn’t as warmly received by the folks at the league office, though. A league spokesman confirmed to Brian McIntyre that the running back was fined $10,000 for wearing the shoes in violation of the league’s uniform policy.

We imagine he’ll wind up making that back when the inevitable Skittles commercial featuring Lynch drops. If that doesn’t materialize, the contract he’s in line to get as unrestricted free agent off a big year that includes the only rushing touchdown and 100-yard rushing game against the 49ers all year should cover the shortfall.

Two of Lynch’s teammates were also slapped with fines this week. Cornerback Richard Sherman owes the league $15,000 for a horse collar tackle and linebacker Adrian Moten needs to cough up $7,500 for a late hit on 49ers kick returner Kyle Williams.

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46 Responses to “Skittles shoes cost Marshawn Lynch 10K”
  1. packmanfan says: Dec 30, 2011 4:52 PM

    I always just watch the shoes in every game.
    I’m not looking at the top of the screen. Just the bottom where the shoes are.
    *Sarcasm*

    He should buy 10k worth of Skittles and then give that to the NFL.

  2. ckacv111 says: Dec 30, 2011 4:53 PM

    Hey there are skittles in there!!!

  3. dachozen1 says: Dec 30, 2011 4:56 PM

    Is it just me or are we debating fines more than the game itself. If that’s true, isnt this an issue. It is just a matter of time before fans reach their tipping point and go in the other direction. I still watch the game when I can but I used to watch every week. I find myself turning the game off after seeing a questionable call under the new rules, that cause the other team to lose. The inconsistent enforcement of the rules are most frustrating. Maybe if they called it evenly then I’d be able to deal with it better. I wouldve never predicted this…

  4. packersownerandshareholder says: Dec 30, 2011 4:59 PM

    If you think the NFL fining players thousands of dollars for uniform violations is stupid and taking some of the fun and individuality out of the game then like this comment.

  5. eknirb says: Dec 30, 2011 5:02 PM

    you think maybe Skittles is gonna pay that tab for him?

  6. davikes says: Dec 30, 2011 5:02 PM

    I think Skittles altered the shoes for him. Nike sure didn’t. I doubt he did it with a sharpie. So he’s probably already got a Skittles deal. Congrats on a great season, ML. Glad to see the guy has turned things around in his life.

  7. ProDolphinsTalk says: Dec 30, 2011 5:02 PM

    Capitalism; when pictures of candy on your shoes can make you money and cost you money at the same time. Where are we?

  8. silverbuffalo says: Dec 30, 2011 5:03 PM

    5 yrs from now he will be like TO wishing he could have his fine money back for groceries

  9. pacificnw7722 says: Dec 30, 2011 5:03 PM

    The No Fun League should lighten up….

    I LOVE those shoes!!

  10. edmazeing1 says: Dec 30, 2011 5:04 PM

    Your flat screen must be 200″ to see those shoes!!!

  11. thingamajig says: Dec 30, 2011 5:05 PM

    Pretty sure Marshawn will be reinbursed if he has to pay the 10K.

  12. youngry says: Dec 30, 2011 5:08 PM

    I guess you can put a price on swag

  13. sjsuraider says: Dec 30, 2011 5:09 PM

    The nfl doesn’t have anything better to do like maybe clarifying the rules on what a catch is or an illegal hit.

  14. tfbuckfutter says: Dec 30, 2011 5:11 PM

    I don’t foresee a Skittle commercial featuring Marshawn Lynch.

    Having them on a football player, who has a helmet on, and isn’t speaking is one thing….

    Trying to understand him speaking through his grill while promoting your product is a bit different though.

  15. ErikW65 says: Dec 30, 2011 5:21 PM

    The nfl doesn’t have anything better to do like maybe clarifying the rules on what a catch is or an illegal hit.
    —————————————–

    Have you seen this video embedded in the FOX/Pereira article “Highlights NFL Legal hits”?

    http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/mike-pereira-jon-gruden-monday-night-football-helmet-to-helmet-penalty-atlanta-falcons-new-orleans-saints-122811

    Makes it clear that it’s only minor modifications required to legally make a tackle that’s still awesomely brutal, like the hit on Reggie Kelley…

  16. jimmylions says: Dec 30, 2011 5:22 PM

    So just to clarify the NFL’s priorities:

    Late hit (player safety issue): $7.5k

    Wearing your own shoes (in violation with the league’s endorsement deal): $10K

    Is anyone even remotely shocked that endorsement money trumps safety in Goodell’s office?

    Doesn’t this help prove that when the NFL talks about player safety concerns, it’s just total bs?

  17. gryphon1989 says: Dec 30, 2011 5:27 PM

    I remember when boxers started advertising on their backs during fights, I wonder what Mr. GODell would say if the players started tattooing their sponsors on their skin.

  18. mike83ri says: Dec 30, 2011 5:28 PM

    “Safety is our number one priority. That’s why a late hit on a kick returner is $7,500, but Skittles on your shoes is $10,000, and putting a bow on a football to give to a fan is $12,500. We have no idea how to make our in-stadium experience better so we need a bigger revenue split to invest in that, but when a player does something to make the in-stadium experience better for a fan, we need to fine him. My Logic is undeniable.”

    -Roger Badell

  19. bradygazelle says: Dec 30, 2011 5:33 PM

    He should have been suspended for advertising on his uniform. Disgusting.

  20. war27 says: Dec 30, 2011 5:33 PM

    Most fines are dumb but this makes a lot of sense. Time to stop this ASAP.

    I don’t want players selling advertising space on their uniforms. They play enough commercials as it is during games.

    What is the definition of uniform?

  21. bearsstillsuck says: Dec 30, 2011 5:34 PM

    The whole skittles thing is getting old.

  22. sojumaster says: Dec 30, 2011 5:46 PM

    You have this ALL WRONG!!! That was not a print pattern of Skittles ….

    Those were REAL Skittles ……………..

    A man gets hungry playing football … can you blame him ?

  23. sixburghrules says: Dec 30, 2011 5:48 PM

    It is purely b/c the league did not get it’s cut on the endorsement! Plain and simple! If it were Manning or Brady everything would have been fine!

  24. thefiesty1 says: Dec 30, 2011 5:50 PM

    Don’t worry, the candy company will reimburse him and write it off as advertising.

  25. propertyofthebroncos says: Dec 30, 2011 6:03 PM

    of course they get fined for it. they were UNIFORMs……its in the name, they know exactly what they are supposed to wear as a team to represent the team. they aren’t supposed to have individuality during the game. they only ever wear something else for the attention they will get for it and therefore deserve the fine.

  26. pencilmonkeymagic says: Dec 30, 2011 6:04 PM

    Lynch puts Skittles on his shoes – $10k

    Trent Cole cheapshots Russell Okung & puts him on IR – $7,500

    Yeah. That makes perfect sense.

  27. emmac13 says: Dec 30, 2011 6:05 PM

    Were they Original, Tropical, or Berry Blast. Thats the real question.

  28. emmac13 says: Dec 30, 2011 6:07 PM

    Yeah and Braylon likes Butterfingers.

  29. wte1 says: Dec 30, 2011 6:08 PM

    Albert Haynesworth had a couple KFC drumsticks printed on his cleats.

  30. woodyg says: Dec 30, 2011 6:10 PM

    Fans are so ignorant …….. If the uniform rules weren’t strictly adhered to by the NFL, too many players would be doing their ‘own thing’ every Sunday …… It would slowly but surely turn into what NASCAR has become ….. A billboard for corporate America ……

  31. java49 says: Dec 30, 2011 6:29 PM

    Does anyone else see a pattern with Petey Carrol coached teams here? Its almost like he instills this, we dont give a f*@k attitude amongst his players whether theyre college kids breaking NCAA rules or pros committing dumb penalties for fines or wearing even dumber skittle shoes…Watch your backs Seahawks! if it gets really serious he’ll just jump ship and tell all y’all peace out!

  32. thegonz13 says: Dec 30, 2011 6:35 PM

    The Next Fine League is getting dumber with each passing sunrise!

    After this post, I will probably get fined 10K!

  33. dwntwnbadboy19 says: Dec 30, 2011 6:56 PM

    silverbuffalo says:
    Dec 30, 2011 5:03 PM
    5 yrs from now he will be like TO wishing he could have his fine money back for groceries

    ———————————–
    Think T.O already gave up on his fine money, and is focusing on food stamps.

  34. mi6agent says: Dec 30, 2011 6:57 PM

    Commissioner Goodell: Are you in holidays spirit? After both of these players lauched their cheap shot and almost put Kyle Williams on wheel chair for the rest of his life, Moten was fined just $7500 and Robinson was untouched. Also, Seatlle fans were cheering when the screen was showing what appered to be a seriously hurt player laying motionless. Classless!

  35. earthtopft says: Dec 30, 2011 7:15 PM

    Marshawn Lynch, the “face” of Skittles. I guess Freddy Kreuger wasn’t available.

  36. grogansheroes says: Dec 30, 2011 7:38 PM

    Wes Welker was fined 10G for wearing an unauthorized hat to his post game press conference. The same one he wore for the previous 14 games.

  37. korikill says: Dec 30, 2011 8:02 PM

    Can’t blame Lynch, those Skittles are AWESOME candy.

  38. fwbrodie says: Dec 30, 2011 8:38 PM

    I’m literally walking to the store to buy a bag of Skittles right…. NOW

  39. fumblenuts says: Dec 31, 2011 12:06 AM

    GREAT ending for the Beast at the end of this season!

    HE NEEDS to start NEXT year off in the beginning of the season eating his skittles and running like a mad man.

  40. nomoreseasontix says: Dec 31, 2011 12:53 AM

    I’d pay it in pennies.

  41. tdl8 says: Dec 31, 2011 3:38 AM

    mike83ri says:
    Dec 30, 2011 5:28 PM
    “Safety is our number one priority. That’s why a late hit on a kick returner is $7,500, but Skittles on your shoes is $10,000, and putting a bow on a football to give to a fan is $12,500. We have no idea how to make our in-stadium experience better so we need a bigger revenue split to invest in that, but when a player does something to make the in-stadium experience better for a fan, we need to fine him. My Logic is undeniable.”

    -Roger Badell
    —————————–

    If you are going to complain at least get your facts straight! Pierre Thomas was fined $7,500 for giving a fan the football with a bow on it! He was given a second fine for $5,000 because he was wearing red and green tape on his arms!

  42. tdl8 says: Dec 31, 2011 3:44 AM

    earthtopft says:
    Dec 30, 2011 7:15 PM
    Marshawn Lynch, the “face” of Skittles. I guess Freddy Kreuger wasn’t available.
    ————————-

    What are you talking about? Norv Turner aka Freddy Kreuger will have a lot of time on his hands when he gets fired on Monday!

  43. hmax13 says: Dec 31, 2011 5:20 AM

    Late hit: $7500
    Skittles on shoes: $10000
    NFL uniform policy: ?

  44. greenmeattruck says: Dec 31, 2011 5:44 AM

    I’d like to know where all of this fine money is going to. It must amount to millions every season, especially this year.
    It seems to me that it should go to charity.

  45. tatum064 says: Dec 31, 2011 5:55 AM

    bearsstillsuck says:
    Dec 30, 2011 5:34 PM
    The whole skittles thing is getting old.
    ==================================
    Your screen name says the same about your take

    it sucks.

    And I agree, Skittles should not only pay the fine, but provide 10,000 dollars worth of Skittles and give it to the commissioner.

    Idiotic rules.

  46. myvickinabox14 says: Dec 31, 2011 5:20 PM

    Those shoes are really sweet. I would rock em

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