League fines Marshawn Lynch $100,000

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As it turns out, talking to a reporter employed by the NFL wasn’t enough to satisfy the NFL’s requirement that Marshawn Lynch talk to reporters.

The NFL has fined $100,000 for failing to speak to reporters after Sunday’s game, which also included Lynch failing to go to the locker room at halftime.

“Marshawn Lynch has been fined $50,000 for violating the NFL Media Policy,” the league said in a statement provided to PFT.  “In addition, the league will collect the $50,000 fine that was imposed following violations of the media policy during the 2013 season but held in abeyance in anticipation of future cooperation.

“The NFL Media Policy mandates that players must be available to the media during the practice week at the team facility and in the locker room following all games.”

The league had threatened Lynch with the fine if he violated the policy again on Sunday in Kansas City.  Lynch dressed quickly and left the locker room after Seattle’s loss to the Chiefs.  Lynch then spoke by phone to NFL employees Mike Silver and Michael Robinson (a former Lynch teammate).  The league declined to accept those calls as a substitute for answering the questions of reporters who actually were at the game.

An appeal is likely, because Lynch has nothing to lose.  While Lynch, who has been fined two prior times for violating the policy, is in the wrong, the whole thing currently seems a little goofy, given the far more important fish the league office currently is trying to fry without continuing to splash 360-degree grease all over itself.

137 responses to “League fines Marshawn Lynch $100,000

  1. I think all Marshawn needs to do to avoid future fines is simply answer ‘No comment’ to every reporter question. Then he will have fulfilled his obligation to be available to the media, while at the same time telling Goodell to stick it.

  2. The guy wants to be left alone and doesn’t want to deal with the sports media. I don’t blame him. If he talks, he’s accused of being a bad guy. If he doesn’t talk, he’s accused of being a bad guy. Just leave him be.

  3. Can’t they see that this poor guy gets terrible anxiety from being questioned by reporters? You can see him shaking nervously. Its not right or ethical to do this to him. He is a good guy who helps people in his community even if it is about returning a lost wallet.

  4. Marshawn fined $100K for not talking to the media, but there’s a reasonable possibility AP comes back immediately after pleading “no contest” to beating his son and being paid for every game he’s missed?

    Parity.

  5. Child please…this guy needs to grow up and be a man. He should be glad that anyone even wants to talk to him. If it weren’t for the NFL, he’d be flipping burgers with his IQ.

  6. I don’t understand why people always cry, “Leave him alone if he doesn’t want to talk!”

    It’s his job. He is contractually obligated to meet with the media and answer their silly questions. He can provide silly answers. But don’t act like a baby when you collect millions of dollars as a professional athlete and decide that you are above all that…….

  7. the whole thing currently seems a little goofy, given the far more important fish the league office currently is trying to fry without continuing to splash 360-degree grease all over itself.

    But the NFL has a policy, and it stands behind that policy and will enforce that policy!

    Except when it doesn’t…

  8. this is such a stupid money grabbing rule by the NFL….

    i don’t even care about marshawn but am annoyed by this level of stupidity by the nfl…

    fire roger goodell

  9. It’s your job to speak to the media….I don’t care what all of the seahawks fans say…..every player has to do it….shouldn’t make this any different for him.

  10. I knew when they agreed to hold the original 2013 fine that they would eventually end up having to act on the threat to double it. Everyone knows Marshawn has never been big on dealing with the media (can’t blame him) so what honestly made the league or anyone else think that would change?

  11. I don’t get it. He talked to the media after the game. If I’m Marshawn’s agent I’ve poured over the wording to make sure that he doesn’t have to sit down at a particular place during a window of time after the game and take questions from admitted journalists/bloggers. He even used the league’s media outlet. Different day, another application of a rule to screw with a player for not toeing the line that Goodell has inside his head.

  12. Meanwhile in Santa Clara, Chris Culliver is hasn’t been suspended or fined for hit and run of a bicyclist while driving with a suspended license, chasing a witness down, and threatening him with brass knuckles. The league sure has their priorities in order!

  13. Why is the NFL able to fine him for last year? Lynch walked the line and got dinged for 50k for his actions this year, but to bring up last year and charge him another 50k is ridiculous. There is no rhythm or reason to some of these fines.

  14. People seem not to understand that he really doesn’t give a %$#&….I’d be surprised if he was in the NFL for much longer….He doesn’t spend his money at all….

  15. I suppose he could show up and give the patented “Can’t worry about the past, now I am focused on (insert next opponent here)”

    That would be much more entertaining.(sarcasm)

  16. “…the whole thing currently seems a little goofy, given the far more important fish the league office currently is trying to fry…”

    So you are suggesting that because of Peterson and Rice situations the league office should quit doing their jobs and just spend all their time dealing the stuff you consider “important”. You write blogs on Lynch violating the policy, then criticize the league office for reacting–Yeesh.

  17. The NFL front office is so lame. It’s really getting ridiculous. Interesting they can pass that ruling with all “deliberate” speed. I suppose common sense doesn’t come with a degree.

  18. Good! I’m glad he got what he deserves. He’s not special. He should follow the rules like anybody else.

    And so what he returned a wallet? You want a medal too? Lots of people return lost items and they don’t get recognition. He should have taken the money out of the wallet before returning it to make up for the $100,000 he just lost.

    “Well, I don’t like talking. I don’t like talking to the media.”

    Marshawn, Marshawn. You’re getting pad millions to play a game. Every single player in the league has to stay in the locker room and talk to the media, better players than you. Suck it up.

  19. Anybody trust the league’s account of what Lynch was told last year? Nah, me neither.

    If their account is accurate, Lynch should try to get in front of the arbitrator in Peterson’s case, and argue that the words really don’t say what they appear to say, that,

    ….. “The NFL Media Policy mandates that players must be available to the media during the practice week at the team facility and in the locker room following all games”

    …. really means….

    “The NFL Media Policy mandates that players must be available to the media during the practice week at the team facility and in the locker room following all games, if the player feels like doing it.”

  20. The fans pay for everything the league has. The reporters give the fans access. If the players can’t understand this, the fine is okay.

  21. You could start a new Player Owned league in less than a year with NFL players with three simple words “No Roger Godell.”

    Take a minute to think about it.

  22. I hope Lynch continues to force their hand. How much are they willing to fine him? We all know the numbers will just be thrown back in their face when people compare the punishment Lynch receives to what they initially gave Ray Rice.

  23. 100K is too light, if I were the commissioner, I would fine him at least 500K so next time he’ll open his mouth. Classless individual.

  24. Poor Marshawn, it must be sooooo hard to talk to the media like every other professional athlete does. What a huge and unfair requirement that goes along with, you know, getting paid millions to run a football.

  25. This is league policy. If he chooses to not comply, then he pays the fine. He does have another choice, quit.

  26. I have no dog in this fight, but this is absolutely ridiculous. Welker takes molly and amphetamines, denies taking it, and is suspended for four games…good ol Rog rushes through a new “drug punishment” policy, and Welker’s suspension is lifted, and is back on the field within two games, back in time for the big game with Seattle. Lynch fulfills his obligation by talking to NFL media/reports and is fined $100,000. Goodell cherrypicks whom he wants to fine…and whom he lets get away without punishment. No consistency at all. Appeals are heard by the person giving out the fine…makes no sense whatsoever. Goodell is ruining the NFL.

  27. Why wouldn’t Marshawn want to talk to the media? They are only looking out for his best interest, right?

  28. Not saying this is the case with Lynch, but what if he’s got a real anxiety or fear of speaking in public? How can they FORCE someone to talk to someone else?

    Death of a 1000 cuts… That’s what is going to bring down the NFL. I thought it would be the concussions, but it’s going to be things like this, the AP saga, NFL over expansion and fan Apathy that do it. $100k is just ridiculous….

    Fans (i.e… ME) are getting SICK of things like this. Core fans do not want NFL in Europe, don’t CARE who speaks to the media or what color socks someone wore or moving a team to LA. Herr Goodell, wake up. You’re losing your core customer base. Don’t cut off your nose to spite your face.

  29. Tell me again how much Belichek was fined for his non-answers of “We’re on to Cincy.” He
    wasn’t really talking to the media–not one iota.

    Many people don’t get the idea that a guy like Lynch can make millions but still have a fear of talking to the media. They are 2 separate issues. Hey, NFL, do you understand that Lynch might well be protected by the Americans with Disabilities Act?

  30. He is PAID to talk to the media – not just play. The 100,000 isn’t pennies compared to the money he’s losing on his next contract by acting like a baby.
    When a player can’t play for Pete C there isn’t a coach that’ll want him. Pete is known as one of the nicest coaches in the NFL…I can only imagine the issues Gruden or Coughlin would have dealing with a “I know everything” player.
    You can’t coach a team when a player or players don’t buy into what you are doing…if you don’t understand that you’ve never coached anything. Shoot even a kids youth soccer coach will tell you that one player, no matter how good that won’t follow what you are doing can ruin the team if you allow them to keep doing ‘their’ thing.

  31. “In addition, the league will collect the $50,000 fine that was imposed following violations of the media policy during the 2013 season but held in abeyance in anticipation of future cooperation.

    Abeyance? We talking about Abeyance? C’mon man…it’s Abeyance…we talking about Abeyance???
    Alan Iverson

    SMH

  32. NFL needs to grow the hell up, I’m not a Seahawks fan (49ers) but to fine a guy for not talking to the media who already twists words around is just plain absurd. NFL already controls what you wear, playing style, and alot of other petty stuff. Let the man be himself and if he doesn’t feel comfortable talking to people then let him be. Stop singling out ONE PERSON for their rights to freedom of speech. If NFL does want to fine people for not speaking then they should also fine the John Harbaugh for his remarks to the entire Ray Rice fiasco as well…oh but wait, nevermind they won’t.

  33. Good for Lynch. He’s an arrogant player and I wish the fine was more.
    He’s as dumb as those fans who are posting comments insinuating that the NFL is treating him like a slave. That’s an insult to those who were really enslaved.
    Rules are rules and they need to be obeyed. There can be no exceptions. After all, the media helped make the NFL what it is today.
    The problem with guys like Lynch is they are too selfish to understand that.
    Some players get it, and some don’t and never will. Lynch is one of the latter.

  34. I have no problem with the fine. He has been warned repeated times and he still doesn’t do what he is contractually obligated to do.

    Fans want to hear from players…..99% of the NFL players do what they are asked to do in this regard, so why shouldn’t Lynch be held to the same standard?

    This isn’t hard…..

  35. Meanwhile Chase Coffman of the Titans gets fined only 30k for intentionally clotheslining a Ravens assistant and a military veteran at that. As usual the league has their priorities in perfect order.

  36. What a moron. He evidently prefers losing $100,000 to talking to the media. All he had to do was grunt and mention skittles.

    The rule sucks, but the Players Union agreed to it.

    Marshawn….. a good running back, but not very intelligent.

  37. percyscoredasmuchasdenver says:
    Nov 19, 2014 3:58 PM
    Marshawn fined $100K for not talking to the media, but there’s a reasonable possibility AP comes back immediately after pleading “no contest” to beating his son and being paid for every game he’s missed?

    Parity.
    —————————————————————–

    AP is banned until next season, and maybe beyond.

  38. Tell me why is it important and required for a football player to talk with the media? This is absurd! If I, or anyone for that matter, doesn’t want to talk then SO BE IT. Why force a bad interview when the player has issues or simply doesn’t want to talk. In the 1970’s the Dallas Cowboys had a RB named Duane Thomas and he didn’t like to talk with the media and you know what the NFL did to Duane…NOTHING. They left him alone. The media realized this guy didn’t like to talk so they did the obvious thing…talk to other football players. The NFL is out of their collective minds. What has happend to pro football? Why do we have all these ridiculous fines? This is insanity. Forcing people to be something they are not is out and out wrong. The NFL needs to be way more accepting!

  39. I can only imagine the rationale here being defiance, almost insubordination, that has precedent problems. If there were anxiety issues, Aspergers or severe shyness or what not, the league would have to be completely tone deaf to force the issue this way. It is almost like the league is being dared to fine him.

    I am a Lynch fan. I am ok with players choosing to not talk to the media, sometimes I am an advocate; I wish RGIII would refuse. But if they agreed to do it, and have not renegotiated that provision straight up, then, what else is the league to do.

  40. I, too, think 100K is a ridiculous amount for this offense.

    Giving him the benefit of the doubt, maybe he just can’t do the public speaking thing. Maybe, if that’s true, there should be some provision for guys who just can’t do that.

    The idea of him shaking and freaking out prior to having to face 30-50 media types at a podium just isn’t that far-fetched.

  41. Never was Curt Flood’s comment, “a well paid slave is still a slave”, more accurate. The NFL is judge, jury, and executioner over players on and off the field. Don’t blame Goodell, he is just a tool of the owners. This is what the owners want, but, they want to deflect responsibility for their actions onto their agent (Goodell) and the individuals (the players) who they tar as being aberrant whether they are or are not. This is Old Testament nonsense and the owners think they are god.

  42. billybone says:
    Nov 19, 2014 4:10 PM
    Why is the NFL able to fine him for last year? Lynch walked the line and got dinged for 50k for his actions this year, but to bring up last year and charge him another 50k is ridiculous. There is no rhythm or reason to some of these fines.
    ——————————————————————

    I guess that reading comprehension is not your strong suit.

    Lynch was fined $50,000 last year for not talking to the media. The NFL suspended the fine on the condition that Lynch continues to talk to the media. Lynch reneged, so the NFL follow through with their promise…..
    Now he gets to pay both fines.

    I don’t care how rich them man is, he’s a fool for allowing the NFL to take that $100,000.

  43. EVERY player in the league should give Belichick answers. The NFL can’t fine them because they’d have to fine Belichick, too

    I’d love to see how Goodell would handle it if everyone gave silly, worthless answers to all questions.

  44. Silly or not; the NFL had to do this. They rescinded previous fines and constantly told him to do his job and talk to reporters. So, what happens if they don’t fine him… than every single player would do the same thing and the media and fans would lose all access to their teams.

    Bottom line is you have to enforce rules or there would be anarchy. The NFL would start having antics and outfits that resemble professional wrestling.

  45. Marv says:
    Nov 19, 2014 4:19 PM
    The fans pay for everything the league has. The reporters give the fans access. If the players can’t understand this, the fine is okay.
    *****************

    Reporters don’t give anything to the fans.

  46. Lynch should show up at Goodell’s officewith a doctor’s note. The note should explain that Lynch has a medical condition and he has a true fear of public speaking. It could harm Lynch if he is forced to talk.

    Let’s see Goodell go against medical advice…. That would be fun to watch.

  47. He gets paid a lot of money. Keep fining him, he’s not special.. Lynch seen all them millions on the contract he signed, he read that speaking to the media comes with the job, not just running the ball. He knows he will be fined. Speaking to the media is important to the NFL & one cannot sign a contract unless agreeing to do so.. Cant blame no one but him, he knows it.

  48. .
    obvious mental problems if u cant just go say no comment, no comment, no comment…

    cuz a reported might ask a question that will invoke a tear.
    maybe he should watch belicheck interviews and get some pointers… but then there is the mental prob of not being able to withstand a tear invoking question.

    maybe if his momma held his hand, her squeeze to the hand will give him the power to not cry at certain questions.

  49. I can see it… 10 years from now

    Agent – “Marshawn your broke”

    Lynch – “what can I do?”

    Agent – “I bet $100,000 for an interview seems like a pretty good deal now doesn’t it?”

  50. Sure 100k is a lot. That’s why he was warned ahead of time, and controlled his own destiny in this.

    No sympathy from me. That’s more than many of us make in one year and he acts like the old Bugs Bunny cartoon where granny throws stacks of 100’s into the fire to warm up the house.

  51. The league can fine or suspend any player or coach for any reason. The union cant do crap about it, and the appeals process is lopsided. IMO, the union did a terrible job protecting its players in the last CBA. Goodell has too much power.

    Now that you cant touch a QB, and DBs have to let the receiver catch the ball and run past them, before the DB is allowed to tackle them….the RB position, is one of the least valuable in football.

    If lynch doesnt want to talk, why should he be forced to? So that he can say stupid stuff like RG3?

  52. Unless he actually has a diagnosed anxiety disorder, he should just show up and provide quick one or two word answers. Could have saved himself a lot of money. Not very smart.

  53. There is a condition that covers this phobia. He could get an official diagnosis and an exemption. Could his agent or someone who cares about him please help him with this?

  54. When all of you people here who are unemployed or not in the work force get jobs, remember this advice: When you accept a job with a company, you are representing them and you are also agreeing to adhere to company policy. You work for company X and one of the tasks you’re not so crazy about. But you suck it up and do it. Why? Because the alternative could be reduction in salary, leave without pay, or termination.

    So, the next time you read about a player who’s job is to also talk to the media and get fined, maybe you’ll have some perspective.

  55. can you repeat the question?
    can you repeat the question?
    can you repeat the question?

    I’m sorry thats all the time i have for questions.

    save himself $100k

  56. Maybe he’s got a cold sore & doesn’t want people to talk. Or maybe a huge zit. I’d do the same thing

  57. percyscoredasmuchasdenver says:
    Nov 19, 2014 3:58 PM
    Marshawn fined $100K for not talking to the media, but there’s a reasonable possibility AP comes back immediately after pleading “no contest” to beating his son and being paid for every game he’s missed?

    Parity.
    ————————————–
    Not sure where youve been but he has been fined 4.5 million dollars and will not play the remainder of the season. Even if he appeals, due to the arbitration ruling from Tuesday, the NFL can keep him on the exempt list and off the field.

    Even if he did come back he missed 10 games, which counts for something, certainly more than a 100K fine.

    Get over yourself.

  58. If the NFL is so completely anal retentive that they have to fine players who refuse to speak to the media, then perhaps the problem lies with the league office.

    This fine is anywhere from two to ten times the fines players get for illegal hits on the field of play. To Roger Goodell, league image is a higher priority than player safety.

    Goodell has assumed for himself the role of supreme moral authority of the NFL. Thus far, the only thing he’s proven is that he can’t handle it.

  59. Marv says:
    Nov 19, 2014 4:19 PM
    The fans pay for everything the league has. The reporters give the fans access. If the players can’t understand this, the fine is okay.
    ***********************************

    But I don’t want access to Marshawn Lynch’s brain, for chrissakes. That has no value to me as a fan, at all.

  60. A player runs out of bounds purposely, away from the play, and decks an opposing coach, risking serious injury.

    $30,000

    A player won’t pander to the media.

    $100,000

    Why in the world would anyone think Goodell is a moron and out of control?

  61. I would like to know how much Roger Goodell will be fined since he completely disappeared after claiming he or the NFL didnt see the Ray Rice video. He refused interviews left and right for like a month so can we expect a 7 figure fine for him?

  62. He is no HOFer when his career over. Bet Lynch is on Social Media a lot.. If they ever vote this clown in the HOF, I hope no media is there to cover anything he’s ever done in his career.

  63. Maybe the league should banish him to the Non -Exempt full pay and never play again until we say so after public furor has died down list.

  64. It’s not necessary to refuse interviews. Just give them the usual, “Just worried about the next game”, “Just wanna give 110 percent”, “One at a time”, “I just want to help the team any way I can”, “Our opponent played hard, but we’re happy to get a win.”, etc etc.

    They’ll stop asking for interviews.

  65. Meanwhile, Peter King is rushing to give us 1,000 words on why the league had to do this and that this type of stance is needed for such callous behavior.

  66. The problem isn’t just with guys like Lynch. The problem is bigger than any one player in the NFL. It’s a problem in our society because we’ve become a nation that doesn’t hold anyone accountable for their actions anymore. Instead, we make excuses for them and their apologists try to shift the blame to someone else. In this case, they’re shifting it to Goodell.
    Marshawn Lynch is part of the NFL and the NFL has a contract with the players. In that contract, things like speaking to the media are clearly defined. Lynch’s union signed off on them.
    He chose to ignore what is required of him, despite being warned.
    So all you chest pounding fans who are defending Lynch — stop your belly aching. This guy can afford the $100,000. And it’s his fault that he’s being fined, not Goodell’s or anyone else’s.
    The sad part is, he won’t learn anything from it. Because he’ll hear comments such as those in here defending him, and that’ll convince him he’s right and the league is wrong.
    Please — all you Lynch defenders, get back to your protesting what ever else it is you are protesting and leave this one alone. Because the league is right and Lynch is wrong.

  67. ^ thanks for right wing state of the union there Rush.

    It’s not the rule people are complaining about. It’s the arbitrary penalty (and arbitrary enforcement) that doesn’t match the infraction in the least.

  68. Hey Marshawn next time you talk to the media just say we’re focused on the next game over and over. That way you stick it Goodell and save yourself 100,000 dollars at the same time.

  69. I’m sorry, but he was warned and it is what he signed up for. It’s the rules of the job. I don’t want to hear about anxiety or nervousness, or having to deal with media trolls. I have to deal with obnoxious sales people and give presentation in front of large crowds. I get nervous and anxious too, I hate doing it. And guess what, if I don’t do it I don’t get fined – I get fired. Either find another job or deal with it. And man up and pay your fine – and revel in the thought that in another couple of years you’ll never have to work another day of your life

  70. Im not a big fan of the Seahawks by any stretch, but I don’t agree with the fine and think it’s ridiculous. Seriously, almost all the question these reporters ask are irrelevant and directed at stirring the pot so networks have something to talk about during the week. For instance, they ask questions to coaches about their game plan and how badly a player is injured directly after a game. As if any coach in their right mind would give them a real truthful accurate answer. All the answers by coaches and players for the most part are nonchalant, vague, redirected answers. Not a Billichick fan either, but you can’t blame him for how he responds to the medias questions. Marshawn should just mimic Bill Billichick and he’d be fine, instead of getting fined…

  71. I don’t like the Seahawks but this is a joke. I don’t care what he says or does near the media. If the man doesn’t want to talk so be it, leave him alone.

    Fire godell!!!!

  72. Marshawn appears to be a stand up guy, but rules exist for everyone. It’s so simple really, do your job and see if you can act like a gentleman. Is that so hard?

  73. If you stop to think about it, he actually works for Paul Allen, one of the richest men in the world. The media and the NFL will probably never know about it, but I’m betting that Paul Allen will cover Marshawn’s fine. He should anyway. Lynch is enough of an asset to the team to make it more than worth the cost.

  74. cornhusker44 says:
    Nov 19, 2014 4:09 PM
    Perhaps Sherman has followed in his footsteps for this MEDIOCRE franchise? He has vanished too
    #fauxdynasty
    #flashinthepanfans

    Dont forget to add one year wonders, without the juice and holding

  75. It’s 50,000 from last year & 50,000 for doing it again this year. He was warned last year this would happen. He once again refused to do what he & ALL players are required to do. If your job tells you hey we’ll give you a break for doing something stupid, but we could fine you, dock your pay , for being a idiot. But we like you enough to let it slide as long as you don’t do the SAME stupid thing next year. If by chance you go ahead and do that stupid thing again, we’ll fine you for last year and this year. Got it ?
    So it was pretty darn clear that this would happen & the rocket scientist went ahead and refused to do his job. Case closed. Fine the moron 50K every week it happens.

  76. superbowl48champs says: Nov 19, 2014 6:17 PM

    @niners816

    Seahawks fans the most annoying? Not as annoying as your coach’s antics on the sidelines?
    ——————-
    Yes, they are, by the way…where are all the seasterisk bandwagonners these days?

  77. I notice there are numerous quotes about the fine being excessive, unfair, bullying etc. Everyone is entitled to an opinion, however, this fine could have EASILY been avoided. The issue is ALSO the questionable behavior Lynch freely CHOSE and his thought process in this case. To begin, he was fined previously for this behavior, and warned CLEARLY what would happen if he repeated it. Next, RG has been a hanging judge since his first day in office. What did Marshawn and his advisors THINK the Comish was going to do? Thirdly, the directive to be available to the media is a MANDATED requirement of his employment, and can be carried out with a modicum of time and effort. Every job has aspects that are not particularly enjoyable INCLUDING employment as an NFL player. Lastly, professional athletes, ESPECIALLY running backs with the kind of contracts NFL players sign, cannot afford to blithely throw away ONE HUNDRED LARGE. This same amount in a safe, conservative mutual fund, experiencing the magic of compound interest until he is fifty or sixty would be a tidy sum. One Hundred Thousand Dollars, up in smoke over a NOTHING issue…SHEEZ!

  78. Lynch is his own worst enemy! He signed the contract & the NFL players agreement. He doesn’t have a leg to stand on. He is going to find out the hard way that “right this minute” he is costing himself millions of dollars by behaving this way.
    I am not taking sides. This is business and he probably will be cut by Seattle at the end of the year and get a short term contract with a limited amount of teams.
    The NFL is one of the biggest corporations (or whatever you want to call it) in the world. They don’t need Lynch.
    That is how life works. He is digging his own grave as we all write.
    10 years from now he will have grown up and will be asking himself how he could be so foolish.

  79. Sometimes I think it’s better when some of these guys don’t speak to the press. I mean, do we really want our children butchering the English language after our teachers work so hard to educate them on the right way to speak it?

  80. Haha, I have less than $100k in student loans and it’s still going to take me 20+ years to pay them off. A $100k fine for not talking to reporters is just ridiculous.

  81. Really? come on Roger.. NFL…You must be kidding me. Out of all the recent shortcomings, you want to make a statement by bullying a guy with possible mental illness into doing something he is certainly uncomfortable with… I guess Lynch has to show remorse, before he is place on commissioner exempt list, then suspended for a full year to satisfy Roger and co.

  82. All this press availability stuff should be an internal issue between Lynch and his employer. Should be none of the leagues biz as they seem to be having a ton of their own issues and the press has become so annoying on their coverage of the NFL to begin with..

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