As the 2015 regular season approaches, there will be plenty of talk about whether Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch will talk to the media after games. There also will be some talk about past failures to talk during a hearing on his latest fine for not talking.
Per a league source, Lynch has finally heard from the NFL about scheduling a hearing regarding a $75,000 fine imposed on him for not talking to the media after the NFC Championship Game against the Packers. If you don’t recall hearing about a $75,000 fine imposed on Lynch for not talking to the media after the NFC Championship Game, there’s a good reason for that. The fine had never been previously reported nor disclosed.
It was known that Lynch had been fined $20,000 for grabbing his ding-ding while scoring a touchdown in the victory. At the time, the report from Adam Schefter of ESPN indicated that the NFL was considering the imposition of a fine on Lynch in excess of $50,000 for not talking to the media. Neither Schefter nor anyone else had ever reported that a fine actually was imposed.
A $75,000 fine was indeed imposed, and the hearing will be occurring as the next wave of opportunities to ignore the media after games that count approaches.
According to the source, Lynch (who filed his appeal months ago) learned on Tuesday, August 25, that the hearing is scheduled for Thursday, August 27.
In January, Lynch lost the appeal of a $100,000 fine arising from his failure to speak to the media after a regular-season game against the Chiefs. The amount came from the implementation of a $50,000 fine that previously had been held in abeyance pending future cooperation, and a fresh $50,000 for the latest instant of not talking to the media.
UPDATE 6:14 p.m. ET: Lynch dropped the appeal of the fine for the obscene gesture. He has not dropped the appeal of the fine for not talking to the media.