Last week, Marshawn Lynch was fined $50,000 for refusing to talk to the media during the regular season.
This week NFL fined Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch $50,000 – $50,000! – for not speaking to media throughout this season, per Seattle source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 5, 2014
The fine was a stiff one, but it was handed down because it violated the league’s media policy, which requires players to speak to media members at least twice a week.
CBS New York reported that the longest answer Lynch gave all season was 24 words when he answered a question about the Seahawks focus during Wild Card weekend.
The fine has not yet been paid by Lynch, so some members of the 12th Man have started a page on gofundme.com to try to raise enough money to pay the fine themselves.
As of 9:30 a.m. PT on Tuesday, the page had raised $10,634 from 510 people. It is scheduled to remain open for the next 13 days.
Lynch currently makes $7 million this year and is in the second year of a $31 million contract.
Statistically, he has been having a great year for the Seahawks. He is among the top-10 running backs in the league in most statistical categories.
He has rushed for 1,257 yards (6th) and 12 touchdowns (1st) on 301 carries (2nd). His 12 rushing touchdowns were tied for a career-best.
The Seahawks are currently preparing to take on the New Orleans Saints on Saturday in the NFC Divisional playoff game. The last time the teams played, Lynch rushed 16 times for 45 yards.