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January 22, 2015 at 8:07 AM

Seattle’s Marshawn Lynch fined $20,000 for obscene gesture, could be fined substantially more for not cooperating with the media

Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch has been fined $20,000 for making an obscene gesture during the NFC Championship game Sunday.

The news was first reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter and later confirmed by the Times. Lynch made the gesture after a 24-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.

Schefter also reported that Lynch could face escalating fines for not cooperating with the media during Super Bowl week.

Here’s what Schefter reported:

The NFL is considering fining Lynch “significantly more” than the $50,000 it has fined him in each of the past two seasons for not speaking to the media, something Lynch declined to do post-game again Sunday, per an NFL official.

Now, this is another issue that threatens to hang over the Super Bowl week with Lynch being required to speak to the media Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

An NFL official said there would be increasing fines for each session Lynch missed, with each fine being more than the two $50,000 fines already imposed and the upcoming one that soon is expected to be handed down.

As of now, the NFL and Seahawks are in discussions about the best way to handle Lynch.

Lynch was fined $100,000 earlier this year for not complying to the NFL’s media policies and did not speak to the media on Sunday. He was also fined $11,500 for making a similar obscene gesture during the Arizona game on Dec. 21.

UPDATE — For those asking about the gesture, here’s a view of it.

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