An NFL source confirmed to ESPN Thursday that Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch has lost his appeal of a $100,000 fine for not talking to media. The league docked Lynch Nov. 19 following several warnings, and fined him an additional $11,050 on Christmas Day for making for grabbing his crotch in the aftermath of a 79-yard touchdown run at Arizona.
The NFL fined Lynch $50,000 for evading reporters this season and added a $50,000 fine from 2013 that was imposed — but delayed — on the condition that he speak to the media.
In a Seattle Times phone interview Thursday with Doug Hendrickson, Lynch’s agent was clearly furious.
When a player wants to do his talking on the field and doesn’t want to speak, I think it’s rare — I think it’s refreshing,” he said. “And I think it’s kind of appalling that the league is going out of their way to impose a $100,000 fine when they have their own business to take care of in-house and they are worried about this. I think it is literally outrageous.’’
He didn’t indicate whether Lynch would change his position on interviews. The NFL, in bargained agreement with the players union, requires each player make himself available once during the week and post-game.
Lynch has reluctantly tried to deal with the media since the $100,000 fine was announced, giving a series of one-word answers to every question, including “yeah,” “thank you” and “maybe.” After the regular-season finale against the St. Louis Rams, Lynch answered every question with, “Why do y’all keeping doing this?”
Lynch and the Seahawks are favored by 10½ points over the Carolina Panthers in their NFC divisional playoff game at 5:15 p.m. Saturday at CenturyLink Field.