Marshawn Lynch settles fine for failing to talk to media

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Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch famously said during Super Bowl week, “I’m just here so I don’t get fined.” But it was only this week that we learned that Lynch had been fined $75,000 for failing to talk to the media after the Seahawks punched their ticket to the Super Bowl by beating the Packers in the NFC Championship Game. Lynch had an appeal hearing for that fine scheduled for this week.

But now that appeal hearing has been canceled. Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports that Lynch and the NFL have reached a settlement, so no hearing will be necessary.

There’s no word on the financial end of that settlement — whether Lynch’s fine was reduced or rescinded entirely — but Rapoport reports that the league expects Lynch to comply with its media policy in the future.

We’ll find out soon enough if that is the case. The NFL requires all players to talk to the media regularly, and Lynch has bristled at that requirement repeatedly. If he doesn’t comply going forward, it’s a safe bet that the NFL will fine him again.

36 responses to “Marshawn Lynch settles fine for failing to talk to media

  1. This is just more proof that not all teams are treated the same. Lynch gets fined for saying “I’m just here so I don’t get fined” but nothing happens to Belichick with his famous “We’re on to Cincinnati” presser?

  2. …and the league office is generally aware that Lynch has not talked to the media so they should be fined as well, right?

  3. It’s a stupid rule. If the guy doesn’t want to talk so what. I don’t need to listen to reporters asking cliche questions and getting non-answers. Why force him?

  4. Grow up Marshawn… Put away your candy and goofy costumes and act like a professional… Your a pro athlete not a ten year old trick or treater…

  5. Lynch should be making headlines because of what he does on the football field. The way he runs, brings back memories of the late great Walter Payton. I’m not saying he’s as good as Walter, but the way he runs over people (watch tape of him running over Chris Borland) reminds me of Payton. He runs over bigger guys. But I understand there are off the field issues that need to be given attention. Like Marshawn’s charitable work with kids. Maybe someone in the media should get fined $75,000 for not talking about that.

  6. its part of your job to talk to the media for 1-2 minutes being paid millions of dollars…..I get fired for not doing my job……grow up and fufill your commitment to the contract you signed or give the money back and quit…….Im tired of this guy

  7. .
    When is someone going to perform an audit on where exactly all the accumulated fine money goes? Who manages it? Who distributes it? How much are they being paid?
    .

  8. Liar DunceDell at it again with his compulsive lieing. Last Spetember he promised more transparency, yet somehow the NFL seems to be less transparent than ever wanting to hide everything they do.

    From the hearings to settlements. Only time we get transparency from them is in court hearings and the Judge forcing transparency.

  9. I used to hate Marshawn Lynch. The things that I heard about him, and the cut up video segments made him look bad. Then I started watching more Seattle games and I began to think that maybe this guy is ok. Then I watched more games and, over a longer period of time, realized that this guy is phenomenal. Looking back, it was the media’s presentation of this guy that made me hate him. When I actually started getting first-hand exposure, I loved him. It’s no surprise that he gets more popular, the less times he spends with the media. But I don’t blame the media either. They’re just selling what we want to buy. Smile when you look in the mirror.

  10. I hope he shows up after every game and repeats the “I’m just here so I don’t get fined” routine.

  11. Although I’m a Lynch fan, and detest Goodell, in this case Lynch is in the wrong. Take a page out of Belichiks book and make a minimal effort, answer yes/no without any elaboration .

    “Can you tell us about that 80 yard run?”
    No one tacked me.

    “Were you surprised they didn’t have you try and run in the ball?”
    I just do what the coaches call.

    “Will you retire after the season?”
    I’ll have to see after the season is over.

  12. I love Marshawn and have followed him since high school to college at CAL and in the pros. However, would it kill him to say just a few words to the media even if they are Belichick style cliches? Remember, if he’s at all concerned about his legacy and as a future Hall of Famer, he needs the media on his side. They are an incredibly vindictive bunch and will not hesitate to get a chance at payback to deny his entry into the hall. Their career will be longer than his.

  13. Local and national media outlets need quotes from players to write articles for people to read….its really that simple. The players are required to do it and its really not that hard, especially when they are getting paid millions to play a game.

  14. Why do people care what a football player has to say? Their primary job is to play football. If he has something to say, that’s great. If he doesn’t, it’s no big deal.

  15. There was clear evidence he didn’t talk and his fine was rescinded because he is not on a certain team.

    Meanwhile someone else has no proof against them but get suspended for 4 games because he *is* on a certain team.

  16. There was clear evidence he didn’t talk and his fine was rescinded because he is not on a certain team.

    Meanwhile someone else has no proof against them but get suspended for 4 games because he *is* on a certain team.

  17. Television pays the NFL big $$$$ for the rights to broadcast football games. Those big $$$$ are a large part of the money that pays their astronomical salaries. This idiot doesn’t understand that. He is obligated by contract to talk with reporters during the season especially after games.
    He should be fined. I understand his beef, but Marshawn doesn’t help his cause by not saying anything. Maybe the Hawks should have a interview class for him so he understands how to talk with reporters. If he doesn’t feel comfortable with a question, just tell them that and move on to the next question.

  18. audio2sell says:

    There was clear evidence he didn’t talk and his fine was rescinded because he is not on a certain team.

    Meanwhile someone else has no proof against them but get suspended for 4 games because he *is* on a certain team.
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    Yeah, no proof except 12 deflated footballs that were taken into a locked room by his equipment guy and destroyed evidence. Other than that no “proof” at all.

  19. I just hope they didn’t impede his right to talk nonsense if he so chooses. I would not think they could prevent anyone else in the league from doing this. But for Lynch’s settlement, they may have struck a deal whereby he must give real answers to questions in exchange of no fine. I sure hope not. As long as this rule is in place, players ought to have the right to read the dictionary to their adversaries (er…interviewers) if they want to, especially women reporters who violate their dignity in the lockerroom).

  20. The bucks the media pays the NFL is such a red hearing in justifying forcing the players to talk. The media will always be there. They need the NFL to sell their papers and to attract viewers and listeners. They will not boycott the NFL. So allowing players the right to talk or not will not impact the media coverage of the NFL or NFL’s popularity or revenues. The media wants you to think it will so they can get maximum access but not true. Fun fact: When players had the right to not speak to the media, most did anyway and the popularity of the NFL soared despite some not talking.

  21. Looking back, it was the media’s presentation of this guy that made me hate him.

    …and now you know why he doesn’t talk to the media.

  22. If the league didn’t force players to speak to the media it would be up to individual teams to make their own rules. Translation: there wouldn’t be one Patriot player quote in the last 15 years.

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