And it is getting ugly.
Lynch, who avoided NFL mandated interviews with the Seattle media throughout most of the 2013 season, spoke for less than seven minutes on Tuesday. His session was scheduled to last an hour, but Lynch was the only player who cut his session short. NFL Network analyst Deion Sanders tracked down Lynch, but the running back did not say much.
As a result, D. Orlando Ledbetter, president of the Pro Football Writers of America released a statement on Wednesday, criticizing Lynch’s lack of media availability.
The league threatened to fine Lynch $50,000 for not speaking this season, but refrained from punishing him if he complied with its rules. Seattle has two more media sessions this week, and Lynch could be fined $100,000 if he does not attend those league-mandated media gatherings.
Unfortunately, nobody will win this battle.
If Lynch breaks down and fully complies, his answers will be bland. Lynch already has a disdain for the media, and being forced to speak does not help. The league wants its players to speak to promote upcoming games and events. If Lynch does not fulfill his obligation in the future, other players may follow his example, which could create more problems for the NFL.
Regardless, this situation is ugly.
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