Marshawn Lynch fined $50,000 for not speaking to media
Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch was fined $50,000 by the NFL on Wednesday for not speaking to reporters after Sunday's 24-20 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, Tim Booth of The Associated Press reported Wednesday.
Lynch rushed 24 times for 124 yards in the loss, but was stopped twice on a pair of short-yardage conversions in the fourth quarter. He left Arrowhead Stadium without addressing any media.
Booth also reports that the NFL is collecting the $50,000 it never asked for from Lynch last season after he reportedly failed to speak with reporters throughout the year. The NFL initially handed down a $50,000 fine in January, but decided to delay collection as long as Lynch agreed to comply with the league policy on media availability. In addition to collecting that fine upon Lynch's next violation, the NFL said it would fine Lynch another $50,000, boosting Wednesday's total owed to $100,000.
In late October, reports emerged that Lynch isn't expected to return to Seattle next season. The eighth-year veteran signed a four-year contract with the Seahawks in 2012 and is due to make $5 million next season. He could also make an additional $2.5 million from roster bonuses.
Lynch held out at the beginning of training camp this year in an attempt to receive more money, but he eventually reported to practice after the Seahawks agreed to guarantee $1.5 million this season that was previously set aside for roster bonuses or incentives.
On the season, Lynch has rushed 177 times for 813 yards and nine touchdowns. He has also caught 24 passes for 247 yards and three touchdowns.
- Mike Fiammetta