Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch has lost his appeal to have his $100,000 fine rescinded for not talking to the media, as first reported today by ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Lynch was fined in the middle of the season for not speaking to the media. That fine cost him $50,000. That then also compelled the league to collect another $50,000 fine from last season that had been suspended in anticipation that Lynch would fulfill future media obligations.
Lynch had appealed each fine (the money would be deducted from game checks) but it was not until today that there had been word on the outcome of the appeal. The news that he lost the appeal comes on the same day that a feature on Lynch appeared in USA Today and noted that he declined a request to be interviewed by the newspaper.
Lynch has talked to reporters after most games at the end of the season, but he has answered each question with only a few words (“Thank you for asking” was his go-to after the first Cardinals game), and apparently that didn’t satisfy the league’s idea of cooperation.
NFL policy states that players must be available during the practice week and also available after games in the locker room.
Lynch’s agent responded via Twitter (Tweet below) that the fine was a “joke.”
@MoneyLynch will keep speaking the truth on the field….old school, throwback, warrior, best in league. 100k for not talking…joke…
— Doug Hendrickson (@DHendrickson41) January 8, 2015