Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch has drawn his second “obscene-gesture” fine and faces more financial penalties for his refusal to meet his contracted media obligations.
The NFL levied another fine Thursday against Marshawn Lynch, a $20,000 hit for making an obscene (crotch grab) gesture following his 24-yard touchdown with 1:25 left in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s NFC Championship game against Green Bay. The league docked Lynch $11,000 for a similar gesture after he scored a touchdown against Arizona in Week 16.
According to NFL.com, the NFL is also considering fining Lynch again for not speaking to the media following the Seahawks’ improbable victory over the Packers. Lynch recently lost an appeal to have a previous $100,000 fine overturned for failing to meet his media obligations.
Unless Lynch starts talking, next week could become an expensive one for the Seahawks running back.
According to ESPN, the NFL is contemplating fining Lynch “significantly more” than the $50,000 it has fined him in each of the past two seasons. Lynch is required to talk to reporters next Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
An NFL official said there would be “increasing fines” for each session Lynch misses, with each fine being more than the two $50,000 fines already imposed and the upcoming fine that is expected soon.
According to the official, the NFL and the Seahawks are in discussions about the best way to handle Lynch.