Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch was fined $50,000 by the NFL last week for not speaking to the media this season (details here).
However, Lynch announced earlier on his Facebook page today that he won an appeal of the fine and will not have to pay it.
Lynch wrote that he will still match donations to a website that had been created to raise money to pay the fine.
Lynch spoke to the media for the first time this season on Friday. And it sounds as if Lynch will now continue to speak to the media regularly throughout the playoffs.
UPDATE, 4:30 P.M.
In answer to a question from a reporter about Lynch’s statement that he won his appeal, the NFL announced that the fine is being stayed for now as long as Lynch continues to cooperate with the media through the post-season.
Here is the statement from NFL spokesman Greg Aiello:
“Ray Anderson (who is the NFL’s executive vice president of football operations) heard the appeal and decided to hold the 50K in abeyance for now after Lynch committed to complying with league policy and with the understanding that any further violation will result in the 50 being collected and a minimum fine of 50 more being assessed.”