Posted January 05, 2014

Report: NFL fines Marshawn Lynch $50k for refusing to speak to media in 2013

New Orleans Saints, Seattle Seahawks, Uncategorized
(Elaine Thompson/AP)

Unlike his coach, Marshawn Lynch has been tight-lipped all season. (Elaine Thompson/AP)

Despite the rise of quarterback Russell Wilson, anyone involved with the Seattle Seahawks will tell you that the team’s offense goes through running back Marshawn Lynch. Lynch’s toughness and on-field resilience has come to define head coach Pete Carroll’s team, and that’s why he’s been one of the NFL’s most valuable players since general manager John Schneider authored a nice trade with Buffalo in October 2010. For Lynch’s services, the Seahawks gave up late draft picks and got the man who’s rushed for 4,624 yards and 41 touchdowns in his four seasons with the team.

For local media, Lynch is even more elusive than when dealing with opposing defenders. Frequent inquiries to the Seahawks’ public relations staff as to Lynch’s availability are met with the same answer over and over: “Not today.” Lynch refused to speak with the media on the record throughout the 2013 season.

And according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the cumulative effect of all those “not todays” will cost Lynch a $50,000 fine by the league.

This would explain the surprise press conference held by Lynch on Jan. 3. Lynch spoke for about two minutes, and was rather monotone in his responses. Here’s the whole transcript, provided by the team:

(On how he is feeling…) “Smooth.”

(On his thoughts on how the season has gone…) “We’re doing pretty well.”

(On if it helps to have the extra week before they play to get the body back fresh…) “Yeah, rest helps.”

(On what can it do to revitalize you when you get time off…) “It helps refresh your body.”

(On how does it feel going into the playoffs…) “I feel good. I like our chances.”

(On getting the running game going last week and if there was something different…) “It’s just all of us coming together playing the game.”

(On what is it like working through practice this week not knowing who they have to play yet…) “We just took approach of not knowing just by playing against ourselves this week, just giving that kind of effort against the best defense.”

(On what can you benefit by doing that, what can you learn by doing that…) “When you get to practice against the best it brings the best out of you.”

(On his historical run the last time the Seahawks had a home playoff game and what does he have in store for next weekend…) “I just hope to win, boss.”

Gripping stuff. Lynch no doubt thought this to be a needless distraction as he and the Seahawks prepare for their divisional playoff game against the New Orleans Saints next weekend, but you’d think he’d at least want to talk about his 67-yard touchdown run against the Saints in the 2010 postseason — the one that caused a seismic event in the Emerald City.

Lynch has been somewhat eloquent in the past, though. Here he is a few days after that “Beastquake” run, explaining the ins and outs of earthquake safety.

73 comments
ElvisHitler
ElvisHitler

C'mon NFL lay off the guy. Take a look at him you can tell he's mentally challenged.

MrArlington
MrArlington

Lynch is a big baby. "You guys can't make me talk. Watch......" He isn't refusing to talk because he doesn't like the questions, he is just a stubborn jughead who is inadvertently offending his fans who want to hear what the team is thinking.

I laugh at the folks on here supporting him saying they wish all players acted like this and let the play on the field do the talking. Yeah, sure you do. While they are on a sports site reading and commenting, often habitually, about the most mundane things in the sports world.

Joe R2
Joe R2

At least he didn't get another DUI

Kevin11
Kevin11

I'd say the media, itself, is a BIG problem. Always asking the most asinine questions or, like the Chicago media covering DUH Bearsssssssss, a great amount of asskissing. These local idiots fall over themselves just to be the first to laugh maniacally at the stupidest "jokes" uttered by a member of that team.


Seriously, do you REALLY want the guys waxing on and on like Tolstoy, giving long answers to the most inane queries?

RaidLakeDodge
RaidLakeDodge

I wish more players would keep their mouth shut and do their talking on the field.  It's actually pretty refreshing

6marK6
6marK6

$50,000!? That is ridiculous! Goodell is a tyrant. 

Billll
Billll

He told you all you need to know, and more. They should not be required to speak to anyone about anything, any more than my job or your job requires us to do. His job is to play football, and the job of the press is to watch the game and make reliable (fat chance) reports of the results. Three cheers for Marshawn!!

Voiceover310
Voiceover310

Players that don't want to talk to the Media should have their agents negotiate part of their contract so the team they are playing for will reimburse them for all fines from the NFL for not doing interviews. 

cardogpush
cardogpush

players get fined for telling the truth about RG's in competence and then they get fined for saying nothing at all 

fiddle away roger fiddle away

friendly--neighborhood--scrawler
friendly--neighborhood--scrawler

I thought we have soldiers dying in other countries for our freedoms, i guess the NFL doesn't believe in those freedoms, a person's right to free speech, that also means a person has the right to silence... and last time i checked it was one of our basic right and the NFL is not above the law.

expsly12345
expsly12345

Marshawn is a very private man. The staff know this, his teammates know, even the Seattle fans know this. The man does enough for the public, so just leave him alone and respect his privacy. You see where this is going - I'm tired of the NFL org overly interfering in players lives.


dt
dt

Goodell is a thug

Holland
Holland

It would cost him more in fines if he spoke his mind! Better to hush it up!

BradPitt
BradPitt

If only Jim Harbaugh would shutup

MidwestGolfFan
MidwestGolfFan

Who cares what the players say?

Hey sports so-called "journalists," try this for a change:  write about the game (coherently, for a change) without turning it into a quote-fest from athletes trained to say nothing much.

LesterBallard66
LesterBallard66

Don't blame him. Most of the time the media is just looking for something they can sensationalize, make big headlines, get hits online. I wouldn't say a word to the vultures.

Pope1944
Pope1944

Is there someone who actually gives a crap about this nonsense?


EasyGoer
EasyGoer

Just go up there and say "no comment" to everything. They can't fine you for 'refusing to speak' then.

shayne714
shayne714

Who wants to set through the most mind numbing questions every week? I don't blame him for not wanting to speak to the media.


j7apple
j7apple

Players get fined for talking to the media and saying the wrong thing, they get fined for not talking,. Man thats one messed up system.

wagthedog47
wagthedog47

Actually, Lynch's fine is not that big relative to the one Randy Moss received. Moss was fined $25K but his fine for a few games, not the full season. Like it or not, Lynch (and all other players) sign their employment contract and it comes with certain obligations. If they choose not to meet their contractual obligations, they get fined. It's not like $50K hurts Lynch much. And while it may seem like a stupid rule, I doubt fans would be that excited if all players chose not to speak to the media. The contractual obligation allows sports media to do their jobs.


However, I think Marshawn's answers do an awesome of job of highlight how stupid the media questions tend to be.

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

I think the No Fun League has fined guys before for this, but not this much. They MAKE players speak to the media. And as several of you have pointed out, the media frequently asks inane questions. Cal Ripken once said that he really enjoyed going to schools and talk to the kids because they asked better questions that the 'professional' media.  Questions like 'Do you think you can win?' would seem to be an embarrassment to the profession. 

Ebullient
Ebullient

It's a small price to pay to avoid the aggravation of having to give pretend answers to pretend questions.

friendly--neighborhood--scrawler
friendly--neighborhood--scrawler

Lynch should just Rasheed Wallace the media... 

Screw The NFL .. you have bigger issues..... 

the media is a bunch of slime balls.. even if Lynch does speak.,...  the media will print what they want to change the context of the conversation... and hide behind sources to tell lies on  players... The media and NFL will get the hint when i players stops putting news articles in thier locker for motivation and start putting shot gun shells in the chest of these liars

jaredydog
jaredydog

More proof that the media thinks that the NFL exists to further their careers....

Billll
Billll

@MrArlington And...all the folks on here are laughing at your nonsensical drivel. 

BrianBigger
BrianBigger

@BillllIt's part of his and every other player's employment contract.  If he didn't like it, he shouldn't have signed the contract and looked for employment elsewhere.

6marK6
6marK6

@friendly--neighborhood--scrawler Another Duck Dynasty fan. The Bill of Rights protects you from abuses from the government, not your employer. Your private boss can tell you to shut up or talk anytime he wants. That being said, I think the fine is ridiculous!

newshamg
newshamg

@friendly--neighborhood--scrawler You might want to try reading your Constitution. (Personally I think Lynch can keep his yap shut if he wants to - but this has nothing to do with a free speech issue and the NFL is violating no law here or your misunderstood concept of rights).

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

@jaredydogUh, the media did not fine the guy, nor did the media make the rule that guys must talk to reporters.

MrArlington
MrArlington

@Billll Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large numbers. 

gwood99
gwood99

@BrianBigger @Billll or he can remain true to his own values and pay the $50k, right?  there are plenty of mouths in the NFL that can and do  fill the void.  

friendly--neighborhood--scrawler
friendly--neighborhood--scrawler

@CarolHayhow

Carol i bet you were one of those who thought it was sad when that bomb went off in Boston... or 911... people like you always want to IGNORE THE ACTIONS.. TIME AND TIME AGAIN....BUT...CRY WHEN THERE IS A RE-ACTION

Carol if i were you i would be more worried about what is going on in your kitchen, than what some stranger is posting online... i bet you are one of those thats lets the dog and chat shytt on your furniture / all over the house because they are part of the family.. , and rumors has it, you are not over that dryness issue of yours, hopefully it gets cleared up soon along with those pus filled sores around your baby maker... you know the spot where random men you meet at the bar lay up for the night..... when your kids father is at work..

friendly--neighborhood--scrawler
friendly--neighborhood--scrawler

@Skins'Fan

are you a Jack-donkey... i will start caring when our goverment cares... you can believe ball the B.S they feed you about think of our troops or they all hate us in other countries..... its all about the weathly getting more control over things... we are nothing in thier eyes... wake up.... 

question for you... when you go to sleep at night do you think about those women and children in poor countries who can't fight back... that we kill? how many hundreds of thosands of lives we destroyed and i am suppose to feel for 4 plus thousand people in a tower i never met... wake up....

Skins'Fan
Skins'Fan

@friendly--neighborhood--scrawler@CarolHayhowWow, someone enjoys the anonymity of the internet a bit too much.


Best of luck in your future trolling, Scrawler.

 Carol, I hope you have a great day and never become as bitter as "scrawler" is that she feels it necessary to offend those lost in 9-11 or Boston and their families too.

jaredydog
jaredydog

@bobinpowell@CarolHayhow@jaredydogHardly "dumb."  "Analysts" talk nonstop throughout the game and often about unimportant stuff just to fill time.  Have you actually watched a game in person or with the sound muted?  It's fun....