RB Marshawn Lynch’s stubborn refusal to talk to reporters has just cost him a year’s supply of Skittles.
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Just as Seattle Seahawks CB Richard Sherman’s mouth gets him into trouble from time to time, RB Marshawn Lynch’s mouth – or lack of using it – has just cost him a pretty penny. The NFL has fined $100,000 for failing to speak to reporters after Sunday’s game, which also included Lynch failing to go to the locker room at halftime.
“Marshawn Lynch has been fined $50,000 for violating the NFL Media Policy,” the league said in a statement. “In addition, the league will collect the $50,000 fine that was imposed following violations of the media policy during the 2013 season but held in abeyance in anticipation of future cooperation… The NFL Media Policy mandates that players must be available to the media during the practice week at the team facility and in the locker room following all games.”
The league had threatened Lynch with the fine if he violated the policy again on Sunday in Kansas City. Lynch spoke by phone to NFL employees Mike Silver and Michael Robinson (a former Lynch teammate), but the league declined to accept those calls as a substitute for answering the questions of reporters who were at the game.