Marshawn Lynch posted on Facebook that he won the appeal of his $50,000 fine on Wednesday. He was handed the fine by the NFL last week for violating league rules of not speaking to the media during the regular season.
Lynch’s Facebook featured this post:
To all the 12s I appreciate your support. Wanted you to know I appealed the fine & won, but I’m still going to match all donations made at http://www.gofundme.com/626xk0 & donate it to a local Seattle charity. Thanks to Loren Summers for starting the site, we’ve talked & after the deadline, even if $50k isn’t met & all contributions are given back, I’ll donate the matched total # anyway. #12thman#Seahawks#BeastMode
As of 5 p.m. PT on Wednesday, fans had raised $17,661 on the website. If Lynch matches that total like he says he will, more than $35,000 will be donated to a charity.
No further specifics were immediately clear regarding Lynch’s appeal. However, Terry Blount at ESPN.com said that Lynch is expected to speak with the media on a weekly basis while the Seahawks are in the playoffs.
If Lynch does not talk to the media this week, it is likely that the fine will be reinstated.
ProFootballTalk noted that NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said Lynch didn’t really “win” the appeal:
Per NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy, league executive V.P. of football operations Ray Anderson decided to delay collection of the $50,000 in exchange for Lynch’s commitment to comply with the league’s policy regarding media availability. Any further violation by Lynch will result in the NFL taking the $50,000 and imposing another $50,000 fine.
According to that statement, if Lynch disregards the media again, he could be fined as much as $100,000.
Lynch is currently in the second year of a four-year, $31 million contract. He is going to make $7 million this year alone.