For now, Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch does not have to pay a fine for failing to talk to the media.
Following up on the report today that Lynch settled with the NFL over his $75,000 for refusing to talk after the NFC Championship Game, a league source tells PFT that Lynch doesn’t have to pay anything. Yet.
Under the terms of his settlement, Lynch won’t have to pay a fine as long as he complies with the NFL’s media policy, which requires that all players make themselves available to the media. But if Lynch fails to comply, his next violation would result in the $75,000 fine being reinstated, and in Lynch getting an additional fine on top of that. So if the NFL fined him $75,000 for an additional violation, it would cost him $150,000.
Lynch has previously faced a similar situation: He was initially fined $50,000 for failing to talk to the media, then got the NFL to hold that fine in abeyance when he agreed to cooperate. He later failed to cooperate again and was fined a total of $100,000.
Lynch has never been verbose with the media (except when he randomly decides to appear on a talk show in Turkey), so it wouldn’t be surprising if he decides to comply with the NFL’s media policy by giving reporters a bunch of one-word answers. But as long as he does that, he’s technically cooperating with the policy, and he won’t be in trouble.
If he refuses to talk to the media at all, that’s when the NFL will take a large bite out of his next paycheck.