Marshawn Lynch won’t be fined for Super Bowl media appearances, hat choice

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As you probably heard last week, Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch only spoke to the media during Super Bowl week so he wouldn’t be fined by the NFL.

He executed that plan by repeating the same phrases — “I’m just here so I won’t get fined” and “you know why I’m here” — and a longer explanation that sent the same message. The only direct question he answered was one about where to get the “Beast Mode” hat from his own clothing line that he was wearing, a fashion choice that led to reports that he might be fined for wearing non-licensed apparel at a league event.

At his press conference last Friday, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said that no decision about a fine had been made yet but the league has reached it’s decision. NFL spokesman Michael Signora sent an email to PFT explaining that Lynch would not be fined for any reason.

“Marshawn Lynch complied with his obligation to attend all required media sessions at the Super Bowl. In addition, there is no basis for a fine for the hat he wore at the media sessions, which was made by and given to him by an NFL licensee, New Era, and was in team colors,” Signora wrote.

The hat issue was a new one, but Lynch has been a frequent target of league discipline the last couple of years for his off-field truculence. His adherence to the letter of the rules this time was enough for him to skate without punishment which suggests more of the same in the future barring a change in the league rules about how a player interacts with the media, something that seems like a difficult standard to maintain should a player have no interest in sharing what’s on their mind.

80 responses to “Marshawn Lynch won’t be fined for Super Bowl media appearances, hat choice

  1. Dude has to live with knowing he didn’t get another chance to run the ball at the end of the SB. He’s been punished enough.

  2. You all do know that it is ok if he doesn’t want to be a spokesperson or a role model right? Not everyone fits that mold or wants to carry that role. It shouldn’t be forced on anyone because then it comes across insincere. There is an old saying, “If you don’t have anything nice to say then don’t say anything at all.” Knowledge. Boom.

  3. It’s about time. I’m sure when the Commish weighed the benefit of sending a message by fining him in comparison to the number of fans that would’ve crawled up his ass about this, it was an easy decision.

  4. the post Super Bowl photo opp with Snoop was a gem.. they definitely weren’t smoking weed or anything like that

  5. Beast Mode should have gotten the game winning touchdown and MVP award. Instead we’re talking about his hat and whichever-gate the NFL is mired in right now.

    Congratulations on the victory Patriots. You’re the defending champs now.

  6. I hope everyone refuses to listen to him in about 3-4 years when his career is over, he’s dead broke, and he’s desperately trying to tell his story on the media talk circuit.

  7. So the people on here crying about Lynch not following his contract…what do you say now? The league has came out and stated he did fulfill his contract obligations. Even the hat that the media was trying to make big deal over is OK.

  8. Well, there’s already been a precedent set this year. If Goodell couldn’t fine his buddy for his “we’re on to Cincinnati.” stonewall of a presser, then he can’t fine Lynch for this.

  9. If you actually watch the interview the guy asks where people can get his hat and he doesn’t say anything. Later someones asks him for his website and he gives it too him. This article, and others, make it sounds like the only thing he would talk about is promoting his clothing brand through his site which isn’t the case at all. Maybe it’s this half truth media that keeps him from actually speaking with you guys. Hmmm, who would have thought…

  10. Good! Well done Marshawn and if you were a member of the Patriots the fans and the media would be supporting your behavior! Just look at Rob “I’m a baller, bro” Gronkowski. Keep up the good fight!!!!

    #FireGoodell

  11. Roger was looking like a bully so he’s retracted his fangs for now. The league has no credibility as long as Roger the lair is still the commissioner.

  12. I just hope he comes back and isn’t to peeved about THE WORST PLAY CALL EVER!

    go Hawks. PS- if your going to pay him you may want to use him when it matters most!

  13. It’s delightful that the Seahawks offer two players on opposite ends of the candidness spectrum in Marshawn Lynch and Richard Sherman, and bitter racist fogeys will find a way to be offended by both.

  14. No way Roger forgets about this. He’ll bide his time and nail Lynch sometime down the road for whatever he can.

  15. Does this mean Brandon Marshall can get his $10,050 fine back for wearing green shoes to draw attention to mental health awareness amid all the retired NFL players committing suicide?

  16. ML is 28 and RB have short careers, on average, for skill position players. He can’t afford to ignore life after football. He’s taking himself out of consideration for NFL & NFL related jobs.

  17. To all the Marshawn Haters, now y’all can grow back up to your age because geez, some of yal were flat out talking about him like a dog smh. for what? all because he was just being himself.

  18. The only question was over the hat. He made the appearances. There’s no way to dictate what he was going to say.

  19. I was hoping that he would answer all of his questions with:

    “WHAT?!?!?!?”

    or

    “Yeayuhhhhhh!!!!”

    or

    “Okaaaay!!!!!”

    or maybe

    “Skeet skeet skeet”

    Wait, this isnt Lil Jon? Nevermind

  20. so much for the promised consistency and crackdown on player behavior

    the NFL just opened the barn door for players to basically answer every question the media asks with a grunt and for them to wear whatever to promote their pocketbooks… so much for actually interesting quotes from players

  21. We just witnessed the worst year in P.R. for the NFL.
    Roger “Amoral” Goodell must be tired of being humiliated, preferring to devote his time to hatching elaborate schemes to make billionaires richer still.
    Meanwhile, as Nero fiddles, Rome burns.

  22. Finally, some sanity returns to the NFL. Was Goodell taking a vacation at the time this decision was made? If so, let’s encourage Goodell to keep vacationing, like forever.

  23. Alright, now will all of the whining, sniveling babies shut the hell up?

    I know Goodell works for the Patriots and every other team gets punished except the Patriots.

    Stick it.#4superbowlsandfifteenyearsofexcellence

  24. I get that they wouldn’t fine him for the media obligations because he fulfilled them. Now many don’t like the way he fulfilled them but he did so to me that wasn’t a issue. Now the hat deal is a different story. The story with the hat came out on Media Day. Now if the NFL knew then that he wasn’t breaking a rule then why did they let the story stay in the news? They could have said right away that no rule was broken. It sounds like either he didn’t break a rule or they just let it slide and if they let it slide then they are setting a very dangerous precedent for the future. If you’re going to let Lynch get away with it then you’re gonna to have to let others also.

  25. one question….

    who won the superbowl?

    oh yeah, that right……my pats

    suck it miserable whining losers!!!!

    deal with it…….. asterisk, no asterisk……cameras, no cameras………gimme a needle….I’ll show you the pressure……..biscuits and gravy!!!!

  26. randomguy9999 says:
    Feb 4, 2015 2:35 PM
    so much for the promised consistency and crackdown on player behavior

    the NFL just opened the barn door for players to basically answer every question the media asks with a grunt and for them to wear whatever to promote their pocketbooks… so much for actually interesting quotes from players

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    No. What the NFL did was stay conistent. Roger got something right. Yes, I am a Seahawk fan. But I was all for the fines for the crotch grab as they are obscene gestures and are against the rules.

    Fining Lynch for what he said/ didn’t say would be crossing a line the NFL has never crossed and never should. When we get to the point of dictating the content of answers, we have moved in to communist Russia or China. It was no different to “we’re on to Cincinnati”. He appeared at the sessions for the time required and he responded to each question. May not be what the media wanted, but he fulfilled his requirements. Just as BB did.

    As for your hypothesis that this opens the door for all players to stop talking….
    BWAHAHAHAHAHSHAHAHAHAHAHA

    You’re kidding, right? Richard Sherman, Doug Baldwin, Michael Bennett and their equivalents on every NFL team go around begging for air time. The VAST majority of players love their own press and are only so happy to get some camera time.

    Lynch doesn’t like or trust the media. So he doesn’t care to deal with them. It’s not that difficult.

  27. I just left the PATS parade in Boston…..and it felt soooooooooooooooooo. Gooooooooooddddddddddd knowing we SHUT HIM DOWN!!!!! Nobody want’s to hear him speak anyway!!!! He can can’t speak English correctly……it hurts my brain listening to him….WAY TO GO PATS!!!!

  28. Lynch, Sherman, Thomas all need to grow up and need lessons in sportsmanship and being an adult. Classless organization, Seattle is……1 and done, the decline has already begun.

  29. Lynch bites the hand that feeds him. If you’re living a life of luxury and fame as an NFL superstar, don’t you gladly agree to occasionally answer reporters’ questions for 5 minutes, even if the questions seem ridiculous or repetitive? You don’t even have to smile. Belichick doesn’t smile.

  30. After what seattle (small s) did to Lynch I won’t blame him one bit for wanting to get out of that hell hole in small town seattle.

    I won’t be a bit surprised to see Lynch playing for the……wait……OAKLAND RAIDERS next season.
    Hometown and the Raiders have a TON of money to waste.

  31. randomguy9999 says: Feb 4, 2015 2:35 PM

    so much for the promised consistency and crackdown on player behavior

    the NFL just opened the barn door for players to basically answer every question the media asks with a grunt and for them to wear whatever to promote their pocketbooks… so much for actually interesting quotes from players
    ____________________________________
    Actually getting anything interesting from players or coaches during an interview ended with Jim Mora and Dennis Green.

  32. Worship Michelle Lunch’s majesty. Least Mode demands your worship.

    Another Seattle Scumbag.

    I’m glad we will never hear from this corrupt self absorbed team again, enjoy your SB Loss.

    The 49ers are going to destroy you in 15-16.

  33. Not getting the ball on that last play was “fine” enough to cover all Lynch’s past offenses.

  34. From what I understand about Lynch he spends time working with kids in Detroit, and rethinking this whole situation isn’t he entitled by the constitution to not talk? Yes, I personally think it is somewhat classless and I do understand it’s a league rule but as so many have pointed out in a couple of years , in his case, this will be a non issue.

  35. The guy has the right to do what he’s doing, AND he does good work for kids through his foundation, AND he’s acting like an ungrateful jerk and really poor role model with this media behavior.

    All of these things are true, not mutually exclusive.

  36. 480volt says:
    Feb 4, 2015 3:11 PM

    I just left the PATS parade in Boston…..and it felt soooooooooooooooooo. Gooooooooooddddddddddd knowing we SHUT HIM DOWN!!!!! Nobody want’s to hear him speak anyway!!!! He can can’t speak English correctly……it hurts my brain listening to him….WAY TO GO PATS!!!!

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    Shut him down? You must’ve drank too much at the parade.
    Lynch: 24 rushes 102 yds 4.3 avg 1 td
    Blount: 14 rushes 40 yds 2.9 avg 0 td
    If you had to choose which one was shut down, it seems pretty obvious to me.

  37. largentthanlife says: Feb 4, 2015 5:20 PM

    Shut him down? You must’ve drank too much at the parade.
    Lynch: 24 rushes 102 yds 4.3 avg 1 td
    Blount: 14 rushes 40 yds 2.9 avg 0 td
    If you had to choose which one was shut down, it seems pretty obvious to me.

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    Agreed. The runner who is the ultimate difference-maker to their team was kept from making the ultimate difference, held to an average-to-below-average performance, and the other team scored more points.

  38. ragnarthemagnificent says:
    Feb 4, 2015 2:08 PM
    You all do know that it is ok if he doesn’t want to be a spokesperson or a role model right?
    —————–

    You’re right about the former and wrong about the latter. Lynch not only has a football camp in Oakland but always sponsors a lot of community events in Oakland. He is a role model, just in person and not on tv.

  39. Seems as if football fans have lost their sense of humor and have begun treating every little thing as a national crisis. This is the entertainment industry people…take a chill pill and R-E-L-A-X! So Lynch doesn’t like to sit around and answer dumb questions that have been asked before and wants to set some boundaries with people who will make up and write what sells irregardless. Perhaps if he felt the subject matter was remotely intellectually stimulating in nature, he would respond accordingly. I thought he was very funny and he delivered his line in such a manner as to engage the audience and be entertaining.

  40. kevpft says:
    Feb 4, 2015 5:55 PM

    largentthanlife says: Feb 4, 2015 5:20 PM

    Shut him down? You must’ve drank too much at the parade.
    Lynch: 24 rushes 102 yds 4.3 avg 1 td
    Blount: 14 rushes 40 yds 2.9 avg 0 td
    If you had to choose which one was shut down, it seems pretty obvious to me.

    =============

    Agreed. The runner who is the ultimate difference-maker to their team was kept from making the ultimate difference, held to an average-to-below-average performance, and the other team scored more points.

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    There are 16 games in season. If he averaged 100 ypg he would’ve had 1600 yards for the season. He had an ABOVE average game. You’re right about the other team scoring more points. The coaches didn’t expect the play they called to be a turnover. They thought if it didn’t score they could hand off to Lynch on a subsequent play. They thought wrong. None of that adds up to Lynch being “shut down”.

  41. Shut him down? You must’ve drank too much at the parade.
    Lynch: 24 rushes 102 yds 4.3 avg 1 td
    Blount: 14 rushes 40 yds 2.9 avg 0 td
    If you had to choose which one was shut down, it seems pretty obvious to me.

    =============

    Agreed. The runner who is the ultimate difference-maker to their team was kept from making the ultimate difference, held to an average-to-below-average performance, and the other team scored more points.

    =============

    There are 16 games in season. If he averaged 100 ypg he would’ve had 1600 yards for the season. He had an ABOVE average game. You’re
    right about the other team scoring more points. The coaches didn’t expect the play they called to be a turnover. They thought if it didn’t score they could hand off to Lynch on a subsequent play. They thought wrong. None of that adds up to Lynch being “shut down”.

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    Kevpft is the man!!!

    Exactly what I was trying to say…..just use your eyes…..he made a few plays…..but nothing significant…..Pete didn’t use him on the goal line because we stuffed the goal line…and look at his stats in that situation….bottom line is this….a Reference from “Hard to Kill”….
    (Storm was the most unstoppable guy I knew……ya..well…HE GOT STOPPED TODAY!!)

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  42. The thought that makes all of Skittles delicious is that one day Skittles won’t even remember his own name or what he said during the week before the playoffs.

  43. Enforce the rules! Why does he get a pass? Now you just opened up another can of worms for all the other idiots in the league! A rule is a rule and the idiot broke the rules!

  44. Kevpft is the man!!!

    Exactly what I was trying to say…..just use your eyes…..he made a few plays…..but nothing significant…..Pete didn’t use him on the goal line because we stuffed the goal line…and look at his stats in that situation….bottom line is this….a Reference from “Hard to Kill”….
    (Storm was the most unstoppable guy I knew……ya..well…HE GOT STOPPED TODAY!!)

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    “Nothing significant” describes Blount’s game to a T. Lynch had over 100 yds and a TD. At no point did the Pats shut him down. Like I said, you’re drunk. Go sleep it off.

  45. Once you allow a player to make a mockery of a stupid rule that rule will forever be a joke.

    If he doesn’t want to talk to the media he shouldn’t have to. What is the point of making him sit up there for 5 minutes and essentially say ‘no comment’ over and over. Pointless. Just another pointless rule from the No Fun League.

  46. They couldn’t fine him for the hat, if they did they’d have to answer why there wasn’t fines for a TB12 hat during a presser worn buy the companies part owner.

  47. j0esixpack says:
    Feb 4, 2015 2:31 PM

    Does this mean Brandon Marshall can get his $10,050 fine back for wearing green shoes to draw attention to mental health awareness amid all the retired NFL players committing suicide?
    ——————————————————————-

    You realize that “fine” was really a pre-negotiated charitable donation, right?

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