Marshawn Lynch gets fined a day after good deed
Lynch was fined $100,000 Wednesday for not talking to the media. On Tuesday, he and teammate Ricardo Lockette returned a wallet to a man in Marysville that they found after stopping at a gas station. Lynch did talk to the media later Wednesday.
Seattle Times staff reporter
RENTON — Consider it just another 24 hours in the life of Marshawn Lynch.
On Tuesday, Lynch unwittingly created a national media sensation when along with teammate Ricardo Lockette, he returned a lost wallet to a man in Marysville. The event went viral after the man, Jason Lynch, wrote about it on his Facebook page.
On Wednesday, Lynch was fined $100,000 by the NFL for failing to cooperate with the media. The fine included the reinstatement of a $50,000 fine Lynch was threatened with last season and that was stayed when he began talking, and an additional $50,000 for not talking this season.
And then, Lynch talked to the media, though doing so in a manner uniquely his.
During a roughly 10-minute session, Lynch offered few serious answers, talking mostly about his cleats and favorite rappers.
He declined to talk about returning the wallet, saying “it would have been a story if I kept it.’’
And he declined to offer answers on having stayed on the field at halftime last week against Kansas City, and other football topics.
It was left to Lockette to explain the saga of the lost wallet, which the players found during a stop at a gas station on their way home from a visit to Marysville-Pilchuck High School. They were among a group of Seahawks who attended an assembly at the school, which was the site of a tragic shooting last month.
Lockette said Lynch immediately noticed that he shared a last name with the wallet owner and began talking about returning it.
“It was all his idea,’’ Lockette said, who had determined the house was 20 minutes away or so.
“I was like ‘man, it’s kind of far,’ ’’ Lockette said. “Marshawn was like, ‘Yeah, we’re going, we’re going.’ OK, cool, we are going, Beast Mode, we’re going.’’
Jason Lynch wasn’t home. So the players knocked on “like 4-5 doors,’’ Lockette said, before a woman who lived next door answered and agreed to keep the wallet and give it back to Jason Lynch.
The woman, though, wasn’t totally sure who the players were, and according to Lockette, Marshawn Lynch was happy to keep her unaware.
“She just wanted to take a lot of pictures and she kept asking Marshawn what his name was,’’ Lockette said. “I think she knew but he never told her. He was like ‘I’m the guy that is bringing the wallet back to the guy who lives next door to you.’ ’’
Lockette said the two didn’t think what they did was a big deal, but that he got an idea it was beginning to become one when he was talking to his girlfriend and she told him she’d already heard about it.
“We didn’t think anybody would know,’’ Lockette said.
Said coach Pete Carroll: “Just another deed well done.’’
• Lynch was one of seven players to sit out Wednesday’s practice. Lynch was listed as having a back injury. He missed practices last week with calf and rib injuries.
Others to sit out were C Max Unger (knee/ankle and out at least 3-4 weeks), CB Marcus Burley (hamstring), LB Kevin Pierre-Louis (shoulder), CB Byron Maxwell (calf), DE Michael Bennett (non-injury related, meaning rest day) and DE Demarcus Dobbs (knee).
Listed as being limited were: OL James Carpenter (ankle), OL J.R. Sweezy (thigh), LB Brock Coyle (gluteus) and LB Bobby Wagner (toe).