Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch incurred a $100,000 fine from the league for failing to comply with its media relations policy early this season.
Since the fine, Lynch has kept his interview time with the press to just above the bare minimum, often just repeating one phrase over and over.
Now Seahawks fans are trying to spare Lynch from having to face the media at all, with a new petition that asks the NFL to stop bullying the running back into postgame media time.
The GoPetition.com campaign questions the logic behind the rule forcing players to spend time with journalists following games.
Your rules state "Reasonable cooperation with the news media is essential to the continuing popularity of our game and its players and coaches." I don't feel your rules are reasonable as they read currently, considering the only benefit "popularity" wise the NFL gets by bullying Marshawn is money out of his paycheck. This is not ok. And it needs to change because its unnecessary and cruel, as well as hypocritical.
As of Wednesday afternoon, 32,220 people have put their names on the petition.
- Brendan Maloy