The NFL is never shy about handing down fines. After all, they do so not only for illegal hits on the field, but things like improper uniform colors, pre and postgame comments or, in the case of Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch, for keeping quiet and staying away from the media.
Late last week, the NFL hit Lynch with a $50,000 — yes, $50,000 — fine for not talking to the media until the final week of the regular season.
"Until this past week, league had been unaware that Lynch had not been speaking," NFL spokesman Randall Liu told USA TODAY Sports.
The NFL claims they were unaware that Lynch had not been talking to the media this season, meaning the Seahawks' beat writers never bothered to report it to league offices. But upon finding out about his silence, they slapped him with the aforementioned fine — a rarity for his "offense," but one that eclipsed the $25,000 fine levied against Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Randy Moss in 2010.
By rule, players are, in fact, required to speak with the media on a regular basis — twice per week; once coming prior to a game and then once after the conclusion of a game.
"Player will cooperate with the news media, and will participate upon request in reasonable activities to promote the Club and the League," the rulebook reads.
Prior to meeting with the media for a little over a minute on Friday, the last time Lynch had willingly spoken to them was on November 25th, 2012.
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