The NFL is giving Marshawn Lynch a chance to speak now or they will forever hold his fine money.
Lynch’s Facebook post Friday that said he won his appeal and would not have to pay a $50,000 fine for not talking to the media this season, a standard stipulation in all player contracts collectively bargained with the union. In fact, Lynch still has work to do.
NFL.com was told by a league source that Ray Anderson, the NFL’s executive vice president of football operations, heard Lynch’s appeal and decided to hold the $50,000 in abeyance after Lynch committed to complying with league policy. But if Lynch reverts, the fine will be levied, plus another minimum $50,000.
Seattle fans responded to news of the fine with contempt — and with an online campaign to cover Lynch’s $50,000 via voluntary donations. Lynch thanked fans on Facebook for their support, and said he would match the final donation figure and send funds to a local charity.
Lynch met reporters last week — for one minute, 13 seconds — in a fashion that suggested he may have been on fire and needed to run into a pool.
Lynch will meet with reporters Friday before Saturday’s playoff game at the Clink against New Orleans.