Marshawn Lynch unlikely to be fined for Media Day behavior
Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch is unlikely to be fined for his strange behavior during Tuesday’s Media Day session in advance of Super Bowl Sunday.
According to CBS Sports columnist Gregg Doyel, the NFL said the four-time Pro Bowler will likely not see a fine for Tuesday’s virtual no-show for the media.
As Doyel points out, this instance marks the second time this season that Lynch put himself in the position to be fined for avoiding the media. As CBS Sports previously reported, Lynch initially received a $50,000 fine earlier in January for not talking to the media this season, but the league ultimately gave him a second chance, effectively removing the fine so long as he agrees to speak to the media in the future.
On Tuesday, Lynch did speak with reporters for about six minutes and then, as Doyel noted, “stared silently at the media for the rest of the hour.”
Apparently Lynch isn’t a fan of Media Day, but Seahawks assistant coach Sherman Smith told the 27-year-old to try to enjoy the day as the team prepares for the Super Bowl, according to Doyel’s report:
“He told me, ‘I just don’t enjoy it,’” Smith said. “When he’s in that mood, the best thing you can do is ignore him right back. I do it all the time.”