Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch did not want to speak with local media members this season.
His next interview session promises to be very interesting.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Lynch was recently fined $50,000 by the NFL for not speaking to the media this season.
This week NFL fined Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch $50,000 - $50,000! - for not speaking to media throughout this season, per Seattle source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 5, 2014
Players are required to speak with local media members who cover the team twice a week (once during the week and after every game). It is not uncommon for players to blow off the media every once a while, but if it continues, reporters can complain to the league. In most cases, the league contacts the player and reminds him of his obligation. It typically takes several warnings before a player is fined.
The NFL wants players to speak with media members to help promote its league in local markets. Players are not required to speak for a specific amount of time, which means a player could theoretically answer questions for two minutes and not have any issues.
Reporters typically do not complain because they often fear repercussions from the team’s public relations staff or players within the locker room. When reporters have exhausted all options, they will finally contact the league.
Considering Lynch was fined $50,000, he probably will speak to the media very soon.
Lynch probably has a lot of things he wants to tell the Seattle media now.
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