The $50,000 fine that the NFL handed out to Seattle Seahawks‘ Marshawn Lynch a few days ago is on hold — for now. Lynch said on Facebook that he had won his appeal with the league, but NFL spokesman Greg Aiello rebuked that statement. Since it is required for players to speak with the media and Lynch did not speak to reporters all season long, it is understandable that the league would fine him.
As long as Lynch complies with the league’s requirement of him to speak with reporters, he will not have to pay the fine. If Lynch does not cooperate with the media from here on, he may have to pay an additional $50,000 on top of the initial $50,000 fine.
Seattle fans, as we all know, love their Seahawks. Without question, the fan base wanted to help Lynch when news broke of his fine. As of Wednesday, more than $17,000 was raised to help pay the fine. Again, Lynch took to Facebook and showed his appreciation for his fans support, saying that he’ll match the total money raised and donate it to charity.
As long as the Seahawks remain in the playoffs, Lynch is expected to speak with reporters on a weekly basis. With the way their season is going, it looks like Lynch may be talking with reporters until February.