Marshawn Lynch to Pay $100 K Penalty For Avoiding the Press
Apparently, Seattle Seahawks running back, Marshawn Lynch, will have to part with some $100,000 as penalty for not abiding by the laid out rules of NFL that require all players to avail themselves to the press after every match.
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According to Heraldnet, the penalty comes a few days after the running back was involved in a noble gesture by picking up a wallet that had been dropped at a gas station and sent it over to the owner.
The incident took place last Tuesday during his team's visit to Marysville Pilchuck High School which saw them drive into a filling station. The fine imposed by NFL was initially $50,000 but it was added up with another penalty of a similar amount that has been pending since 2013.
Lynch seems to have learnt the hard way after being slapped with the fine on Wednesday. In fact he was told the penalty could be scaled up if he failed to abide by the rules of NFL.
Not wanting to be on the offensive, the player quickly reacted by holding a press briefing for not more than 10 minutes. Though he did not avoid any questions, his main focus was actually on his shoes and music.
“You ever heard of Boosie? ‘You Got No Juice.' I think you should listen to that song” — or Lil June “He's hot right now, too,” Lynch said. Concerning the returned wallet, the star wondered why people were making a big fuss about such a simple gesture.
According to him, the fuss would be acceptable if he had done the unexpected by not sending it to the owner.
“About me giving something back that belonged to him. It would have been a story if I'd kept the (wallet),” Lynch wondered. Seahawks offensive coordinator, Darrel Bevell, showered the running back with lots of praises. He said that the player prides himself in being nice to other people.
“I think he's a very interesting guy,” Bevell said. “I don't necessarily think what you see is what you get. There's a lot of layers to him, I think there's a lot of hidden things he does. He's a good person, a good guy, he does a lot of good things for people, and you want him on your side. I can tell you that much.”
The most interesting moment was when reporters asked him whether he had a hand in the outlook of the shoes he was wearing. His response seemed to point towards the management of his team. “In this league you really don't have a lot of input on nothing,” he said. “Just your play.”
The twenty eight year old star has so far recorded 813 yards complimented by nine touchdowns in nine matches. His career is therefore at its peak. Besides that, he has 247 receiving yards in his name and three catches. He is highly valued by Seahawks. Bevell in particular thinks the team can not go far in his absence because he is very flexible.
“I don't even want to think about it,” Bevell said. “He's so special to us. He does great things in ever phase of the game, whether it's the run game, the type of runs he can make. Whether it's in the protections, how he takes care of the quarterback and sees things some other running backs won't see.
Then his ability as a receiver, he's outstanding in terms of running routes and being able to catch the ball. Then again, once you have it in his hands, he does amazing things with it.”
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