Summary: Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch appears at the Super Bowl Media day for no longer than the NFL minimum of 5 minutes and only tells reporters “I’m here so I won’t get fined” for the entire duration.
Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch created quite the spectacle during his appearance at the Super Bowl XLIX Media Day. When Lynch got seated at the podium he announced to the press that he was only there to avoid being fined.
ESPN reported that a source from the league informed them that Lynch was threatened with a $500,000 fine if he failed to make himself available for the mandatory media day. So he appeared. For the entire 5 minute duration of his appearance, Lynch answered every question from the nearly 200 members of the media present with a variation of the words “I’m just here so I won’t get fined”.
At the end of his time on the podium, he yelled “time” and proceeded to leave. Five minutes is the minimum amount of time required by the league for his appearance at the media day. In accordance with the NFL’s media policy, Lynch may face similar fines if he does not attend league-mandated sessions Wednesday and Thursday at the resort hotel the Seahawks are using for their team headquarters this week.
Lynch was recently fined $20,000 for making an “obscene gesture” during Seattle’s game against the Green Bay Packers. While the NFL has not specified what exactly the gesture was, it is widely considered to be the moment when Lynch grabbed his crotch after scoring a go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter of the NFC championship game.