It looks like no amount of “I’m only here so I don’t get fined” repetitions couldn’t save Marshawn Lynch from his own choice of wardrobe.
Seattle Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch could be facing a fine for wearing a hat at yesterday’s Media Day that was not licensed by the NFL.
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ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter reported on Twitter that the NFL is investigating whether the hat Lynch wore (see picture above) at the press conference was permissible. The logo on the hat was from Lynch’s own brand of “Beast Mode” gear that he has been promoting. You can read the full version of Schefter’s report here.
Marshawn Lynch could be subject to significant fine for wearing unauthorized “BeastMode” hat to Media Day, per @darrenrovell and I.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 28, 2015
At Media Day, Lynch, who has gained infamy for his stubborn unwillingness to talk to reporters – or only use the same, short answers over and over again when answering questions – only appeared at yesterday’s conference for five minutes, answering each question with “I’m only here so I won’t get fined” before picking up and leaving early.
There is certainly precedent for the NFL to come down with a big penalty on Lynch. In 2007, Chicago Bears LB Brian Urlacher was fined $100,000 for wearing a non-permitted Vitaminwater hat at a pre-Super Bowl XLI press conference.