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November 19, 2014 at 12:20 PM

Seattle Seahawk Marshawn Lynch fined $100,000 for not talking to reporters at Kansas City

Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch will be fined $100,000 for not talking to the media following the team’s 24-20 loss at Kansas City Sunday, according to NFL spokesman Michael Signora.

Lynch did not speak to reporters who approached him in the locker room following the game, though he did later do a phone conversation with two employees of the NFL Network, including firer Seahawk Michael Robinson.

The NFL had previously threatened to fine Lynch last season but the fine was not levied. This is Lynch’s third violation of the policy.

Here’s the statement from the NFL:

Marshawn Lynch has been fined $50,000 for violating the NFL Media Policy.  In addition, the league will collect the $50,000 fine that was imposed following violations of the media policy during the 2013 season but held in abeyance in anticipation of future cooperation.

The NFL Media Policy mandates that players must be available to the media during the practice week at the team facility and in the locker room following all games.

Player fines collected by the league are donated through the NFL Foundation to assist former players in need via the NFL Player Care Foundation and the NFLPA’s Player Assistance Trust.

The NFL Media Policy officially states: “Players must be available to the media following every game and regularly during the practice week as required under league rules.  Star players, or other players with unusually heavy media demands, must be available to the media that regularly cover their teams at least once during the practice week in addition to their required post-game media availability.”

“Each club will open its locker room during the normal practice week (based on a Sunday game) on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday to all accredited media for player interviews for a minimum of 45 minutes.”

 

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