Marshawn Lynch claims he won the appeal of his $50,000 fine for not talking to the media. The league says that’s not the case.
Per NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy, league executive V.P. of football operations Ray Anderson decided to delay collection of the $50,000 in exchange for Lynch’s commitment to comply with the league’s policy regarding media availability. Any further violation by Lynch will result in the NFL taking the $50,000 and imposing another $50,000 fine.
So, basically, if Lynch deliberately disregards one more time a fair and reasonable policy aimed at ensuring players are available to reporters — who serve as the official liaisons to the fans — then Lynch will lose $100,000.
And then the fans, who are the intended beneficiaries of the league’s media policies, can try to offset the six-figure fine by raising money for a guy who made $7 million in salary this season.