Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson says that the fines that the NFL has levied and continue to threaten running back Marshawn Lynch with are excessive.
Lynch has been fined $100,000 by the league for refusing to speak to the media after games and has been fined twice this season for making a gesture deemed inappropriate by the NFL after touchdowns.
“There’s times I don’t think he should be fined, that’s for sure, especially to the extent that people try to fine him for,” Wilson said, according to Pro Football Talk. “That’s just my honest opinion. I think the guy loves the game, people love the way he is, and sometimes people try to take certain things away from people, the way they are. I don’t think he should be fined for it, personally.”
ESPN.com reported that Lynch could also be fined for wearing unsanctioned gear during this week’s media sessions before Sunday’s game. Lynch wore a hat with a BeastMode logo on it, a brand that is not sanctioned by the league.
Lynch did fulfill his media obligations this week. On Tuesday, he repeated "I'm just here so I won't be fined" almost 30 times and on Wednesday he repeatedly said, “You know why I'm here.”
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