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Did Marshawn Lynch Deserve To Be Fined $100,000 For Not Speaking With The Media On Sunday?

Submitted by on November 20, 2014 – 1:25 pmNo Comment
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Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch is a guy who does not like talking to the media. Reason being, well, we don’t know…because he hasn’t explained it to the media! All we know is that he’s skipped out on media obligations on numerous occasions in the past. And on Sunday afternoon, after the Seahawks lost to the Kansas City Chiefs, Lynch did it once again by steadfastly refusing to talk to reporters and leaving the Seattle locker room without saying to word to them. As a result, the NFL just fined him $100,000 and told him (again) that he must get in the habit of speaking with reporters, regardless of how much he dislikes the media.

At this point, though, is it worth fining Lynch for doing what he did? Or should the NFL get off the guy’s back and stop trying to make him be media friendly?

Unfortunately for Lynch, he needs to come to terms with the fact that he needs to do interviews. As a football player, it’s part of his job. And even though he might not like it, interviews are ultimately what make the game of football so popular in this country. Sure, people love the hard hits and the touchdown passes on the field. But they like them due in large part to the fact that there’s a buildup to every Sunday afternoon that starts immediately after a game ends. The media speaks with players, generates stories based on what the players say, and then spends seven days publicizing the NFL. It’s the way the news cycle works, and it’s what the NFL needs in order to stay as popular as it is. So Lynch and other guys like him need to speak to the media to keep the cycle going.

If Lynch doesn’t want to talk about his personal life or his contract situation or his feelings for the Seahawks front office, fine. Hell, if all he wants to do is sit and give smart-ass remarks to reporters, then so be it. But for his sake and, more importantly, the league’s sake, he needs to say something to reporters. Otherwise, he’s not fulfilling the requirements of his job and he’s hurting himself and risking another fine.

What do you think about the NFL fining Lynch $100,000 for not speaking with the media on Sunday? Was it called for or do you think they should lay off of him?

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