The NFL can fine its players and coaches for all kinds of reasons: Standing too close to the sideline, wearing the wrong color of apparel, or tackling techniques. Turns out they can also fine you for doing nothing at all.
Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch learned this lesson the hard way, as the NFL issued him one of it’s largest fines of the year, $50,000, for not speaking with the media over the course of the season.
With Seattle facing the New Orleans Saints in the divisional round of the playoffs on Saturday, the NFL wanted to send an unequivocal message to the seventh-year back that he must comply with the league’s policy of media accessibility.
NFL spokesman Randall Liu told USA TODAY Sports that, "Until this past week, league had been unaware that Lynch had not been speaking." The NFL requires that players be made available to the media at least twice a week.
A model of consistency, Lynch had another successful campaign for the Seahawks in 2013, notching career highs in receiving yards (316) and touchdowns (14) en route to his fourth Pro Bowl selection. The man known to many as Beast Mode must surely be looking forward to the Saints game on Saturday, as the last time the two teams met in the playoffs, Lynch gave us one of the most incredible NFL highlights of all time.
As of press time, Lynch was not available for comment (just kidding, NFL).