Apparently Marshawn Lynch will be here, so he won’t get fined. Here, meaning mandatory minimum group interviews. The Seahawks’ semi-reluctant running back apparently has agreed to cooperate some, a little, whatever.
ESPN.com reported Thursday that a hearing this week to appeal his $75,000 fine from the past season has been canceled because he has agreed to comply with the NFL’s media access policy.
At least, he says he will. Whether that means giving avoidance answers as he did during Super Bowl week — “I’m just here so I don’t get fined” — or offering funny, engaging wit that has made him a darling of late-night talk shows, remains to be seen.
Whether his fine was reduced or eliminated wasn’t clear. Pro Football Talk reported that he was dunned for an obscene gesture during the NFC Championship with Green Bay, as well as not talking after the game.
He had dropped the appeal for the obscene gesture but had been awaiting a hearing for the $50,000 fine for not talking to the media.
Lynch has given numerous interviews to multiple reporters and TV shows, but disdains the group gab that is also part of the pro sports scene. It will be fun to see his latest workarounds for those sessions.