Marshawn Lynch Fined $100K for 2 Separate Violations of NFL's Media Policy

R. Cory Smith@@RCorySmithSenior Writer INovember 19, 2014

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Marshawn Lynch has been fined $100,000 for violating the NFL's media policy, but the Seahawks running back is appealing the punishment. 

Continue for updates.

Monday, Nov. 24

Carroll Comments On Lynch's Media Session

Pete Carroll was asked about Marshawn Lynch's media session after Seattle's win over Arizona, via Danny Kelly of FieldGulls.com:

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Pete Carroll on Marshawn Lynch's 18-word interview -- "Awesome. That's a great effort."

Sunday, Nov. 23

Lynch Speaks to Media After Win

Marshawn Lynch spoke to the media with a variety of one word answers after the Seahawks defeated the Cardinals 19-3 via NFL.com:

Thursday, Nov. 20

Lynch Appeals Punishment

Pro Football Talk reports that Lynch will appeal his fine:

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To little surprise, Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch will appeal his $100,000 fine for failing to comply with the media policy.

Wednesday, Nov. 19

Lynch Fined for Not Talking to Media

Marshawn Lynch is all about that action, boss. Unfortunately, the NFL requires the Seattle Seahawks running back to speak to reporters as well, but he remains reluctant to adhere to that policy.

The NFL has fined Lynch a total of $100,000 due to his failure to comply with the NFL's media policy, which requires players to be available to the media at various times during the season—including during practice and after games.

There are two separate $50,000 fines, one issued following Seattle's Week 11 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.

Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports provided the details:

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Per NFL spokesman, Marshawn Lynch fined $50k for not speaking to reporters (unless you count @MikeSilver) after Sunday's game plus...

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...The league will collect the $50k fine from last year they held in anticipation of future cooperation from Lynch.

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So in total, Marshawn Lynch fined $100k for two violations of the media policy. This per @NFLfootballinfo.

The other fine comes from last season, when he once again refused to talk to reporters. The NFL fined "Beast Mode" $50,000 for his silence, and Seattle fans started raising money for Lynch's fine in protest. 

Lynch appealed the decision and promised to adhere to any future media guidelines if the fine was lifted. The NFL agreed, but Lynch has not lived up to his promise.

ESPN's Josina Anderson had Lynch's thoughts on the fine and the idea of an appeal:

"I thought I covered my basis by doing an interview after the game--what I was told to do. If it wasn't good enough then I don't know what to say. That's it. Now I understand it wasn't good enough for the league, or for whoever is fining me." ...

... "Matter of fact, I'm about to get on the horn with my agent right now and see what's up." Lynch was not aware of the fine prior to my call.

Lynch, 28, has rushed for 813 yards and nine touchdowns this season along with another 247 receiving yards and three scores. Despite signing an extension with the team in July after holding himself out of training camp this summer, the future apparently looks bleak for Lynch in Seattle.

Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reports the two sides are likely to part ways after this season.

In a rare appearance, Lynch discussed his thoughts on the franchise following his team's defeat on Sunday, per Michael Silver of NFL.com:

Do I think I'll be gone after this season? I don't know, man. The Seahawks, their front office gets in the media; they talk a lot. I don't talk too much. I just play the game.

If they have something going on, I don't know about it.

Given the numbers Beast Mode is currently putting up, there shouldn't be a lack of interest in the RB if he becomes available in the offseason.

The Seahawks are currently 6-4 and preparing for a showdown with the 9-1 Arizona Cardinals. Hopefully, Lynch's fine doesn't become a distraction for a team that needs a win in Week 12 to make a run at the playoffs.

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