PHOENIX — Marshawn Lynch satisfied his minimum five minutes of required speaking time at Super Bowl Media Day Tuesday, answering each question with the response, “I’m just here so I won’t get fined.”
But he STILL might get a fine, ESPN is reporting.
According to ESPN, the league is reviewing whether or not a hat he wore during the event was permissible. The hat, which features his “Beast Mode” logo, may garner him a significant fine because players are not allowed to wear brands that conflict with league partners during interviews.
In 2007, the NFL fined Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher $100,000 for wearing a Vitaminwater hat. Colin Kaepernick of the San Francisco 49ers has also been fined for wearing headphones not approved by the league.
Lynch’s Beast Mode hat was touted as “the hat Marshawn wore during 2015 Media Day” on his Beast Mode apparel website. The hat costs $33, and is sold out. The league typically frowns on players using an event to promote their own clothing brand, ESPN reports. However, there is some question to whether or not he will be fined because the hat is made by New Era, which is the official hat of the NFL.
Lynch has already been dinged $100,000 for not talking to the media this year, and been hit numerous times for “obscene gestures” allegedly performed during touchdown celebrations.