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Marshawn Lynch fined again for ‘obscene gesture’ — so is Hawks WR Chris Matthews

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Lynch appears to grab his crotch in Sunday's NFC Championship game. He was fined for the gesture.

Lynch appears to grab his crotch in Sunday’s NFC Championship game. He was fined for the gesture.

SEATTLE — The NFL fined Marshawn Lynch $20,000 for an “obscene gesture” allegedly performed after his fourth-quarter touchdown in Sunday’s NFC Championship game, Adam Schefter of ESPN.com reports.

Later Thursday, it was reported that the NFL also fined Seahawks wide receiver Chris Matthews $11,500 for the same alleged obscene gesture — grabbing his crotch– on the same Lynch touchdown run.

Lynch tweeted this after the report came out:

But Ian Rapoport of NFL.com said the fine for Matthews was for grabbing his crotch and not for shaking Lynch’s hand.

Lynch could also be  looking at fines significantly more than $50,000 for not speaking to the media after last Sunday’s game, Schefter said.

Schefter wrote on his Facebook page early Thursday morning:

NFL fined Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch $20,000 for an obscene gesture after his TD in Sunday’s NFC Championship game, per an NFL official.

But that was just the start of what was a costly Sunday and could be a costly Super Bowl week for Lynch.

The NFL is considering fining Lynch “significantly more” than the $50,000 it has fined him in each of the past two seasons for not speaking to the media, something Lynch declined to do post-game again Sunday, per an NFL official.

Now, this is another issue that threatens to hang over the Super Bowl week with Lynch being required to speak to the media Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

An NFL official said there would be increasing fines for each session Lynch missed, with each fine being more than the two $50,000 fines already imposed and the upcoming one that soon is expected to be handed down.

As of now, the NFL and Seahawks are in discussions about the best way to handle Lynch.

Lynch was fined $11,500 for a crotch grab at the end of a 79-yard touchdown run in a game against the Arizona Cardinals earlier this year. He has also been fined around $100,000 this year for not talking to the media.

NFL media policy mandates that all players must make themselves available to media during the practice week and in the locker room following games. Star players like Lynch must be available to the media at least once during the practice week in addition to their postgame media availability, policy states.

Lynch, however, is notoriously quiet and is often reluctant to speak to reporters, offering a few words at most.

 

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25 comments

  • 2hheels2

    The league love tho go after Marshawn. He pulls his pant up for $20,000 and Belichick cheats and nothing happens to them. Just leave this man alone it makes the League look petty and redicules.

  • Melissa

    If they are going to fine him for these gesture that are likely rarely noticed by fans because they happen quickly and the fans are celebrating when it happens. The the music industry and NFL should find every musician who does the same or worse gestures with more suggestive meaning when they perform in front of millions who are intently watching these gestures happen and then repeating them. I don’t like the gestures but feel Lynch’s go unnoticed until the media replays or discusses them. Whereas the musicians are clearly noticeable as they are happening both at their concerts, award shows and half time entertainment.

  • Melissa

    If they are going to fine him for these gesture that are likely rarely noticed by fans because they happen quickly and the fans are celebrating when it happens, the the music industry and NFL should fine every musician who does the same or worse gestures with more suggestive meaning when they perform in front of millions who are intently watching these gestures happen and then repeating them. I don’t like the gestures but feel Lynch’s go unnoticed until the media replays or discusses them. Whereas the musicians are clearly noticeable as they are happening at their concerts, award shows and half time entertainment.

  • Janey Siegrist

    Leave oour Marhawn alone. I know what social anxiety is. He gets out and gets the job done. Why make an ass of himself doing what he knows he can’t do…some people just can’t talk on camera…you know the second he flubs an interview ..the vultures will attack him for that too…Pay the fine Marshawn…ta hell with them. Just do what you do…that you do so well!

  • Stephanie

    NFL fines Lynch left and right for all sorts of bull… Patriots are cheaters and nothing…. oh except the slap in the wrist they ate going to get like always. Leave Lynch alone… fans aren’t pushing him so maybe the nfl should just back off and take care of some of the real bs that takes place in the league!

  • Marsha Doodigian

    Leave the man alone!!! I agree with the comment from Melissa..It seems that no matter what Lynch does or doesn`t do he is being criticized, ridiculed, and fined..He is one heck of a professional on and off the field and his standards are of a higher quality than most. Stay positive Lynch and don`t let the negativity of others bring you down.. Stay focused on the great person you are and remember the vast majority of fans that truly love and support you. God Bless you..
    Marsha

  • Go hawks

    The NFL must really like the gesture as it wouldn’t have even been noticed if they didn’t make such a big deal about it. Now fans are re-watching the touchdowns just to see the instant his hand brushes past his crotch. Marshawn is a fantastic role model for the kids, especially those in his hometown. Leave him alone and go after the teams, coaches and players that are cheating or otherwise breaking the rules. My question is who is really behind the ‘witch hunt’ directed at the best running back in the league?

  • Mark Bigford

    Why doesn’t he retain the services of a psychologist and a mean attorney and go after them for violating his rights under the Americans with disabilities act, if he suffers from anxiety when forced to give interviews?

    • MIKEY34

      Maybe he should have his players union do that for him….or maybe have his agent inform hiom of NFL policy, and his contract. Sick of all these cry babies! Lets see how many of you get upset if kapernick were to do it next year. Everyone would be screaming for a fine. Bandwagon fans make me sick

  • Letternut

    Has MLB ever fined a player for ‘adjusting their equipment”? It happens all the time. Blatant or occasional adjustment, it is what it is. Marshawn is being made an example of and the NFL is turning a blind eye to an obvious instance of cheating (with NE)

  • Clark Mankin

    Freedom of speech includes freedom not to speak, and whether the Commissioner of Football enjoys anti-trust protection or not, there is no lawfully binding contractual agreement that applies by effectually repealing the United States Constitution as amended. Marshawn Lynch has not signed away his constitutional protections and may not be required to sign them away as a condition for participating in the National Football League. What I wonder is this: Where is the NFLPA in all this? Another item that I find curious is this: Why on earth would a journalist pursue commentary from a man who so clearly has expressed his preference not to comment. Marshawn Lynch does what he does in plain sight on the football field. Those actions are filmed and critiqued and shown repeatedly to anyone who wishes to see them. What more could he say? And why are comments that amount to nothing more than opinion somehow superior to what he displays on the field of play? Have the common decency to leave the man alone and ask your questions to someone who enjoys media attention. Why is that so hard? Are you “journalists,” or are you merely papparazzi?

  • Paul Maggard

    fuck the NFL and Goodell he is a piece of shit punk that needs to be kicked out of the league fine a player for adjusting his cup and then ignore the cheating patriots I can’t stand the NFL any more and it is in large part Goodells fault trying to force some one to speak with cameras in his face when you know he has anxiety speaking that way is just wrong plain wrong I hope he brings a huge as lawsuit against the NFL for their bullying ways

  • Brian H.

    So it’s OK to grab your junk all the time if you are playing baseball but not football? Baseball players do it all of the time and no one seems to care about it. I think it’s just a way to get back at Lynch because he doesn’t like talking to the media.

  • Kristi

    Doesn’t the NFL have better things to do? When freedom of speech is such a hot topic to protect so is the right not to speak! Maybe the NFL could make better use of their time addressingthe athletes who can’t seem to hold their tongue, using endless profanity, throwing tizzy fitz on the field, like the F-bomb dropped by a player that a mic picked up and then had to be beeped out during a replay. The NFL is throwing their weight around, turning football into a propaganda circus, and looking like fools doing so. I for one am sick of it. Hold your ground Marshawn! you are an example on how to stand against BULLYING. NFL, grow up!

  • Kristi

    What about the press who, knowing, won’t get the cameras out of Marshawn’s face. How rude. If there weren’t any press cramming mics at him, the NFL couldn’t fine him for refusing. There wouldn’t be anyone to talk to! The press’s disrespect is as bad as the NFL’s attempt at using players as media puppets. Maybe the focus should go back to the players with a real “mouth” problem like the F-bombs being dropped during playoffs and then being “beeped” out for the replay. Didn’t see a fine for that but my kids sure heard it. NFL, which do you think the youth of America are more influenced by, trash talk or the man who plays hard and holds his tongue? As for my kids, they say, “Hold your ground Marshawn! Say no to bullying!”